By Delton Wilhite, Sportswriter
The freshmen Mules lost a heartbreaker Monday evening to the Littlefield Wildcats. The Mules led 27-21 after three quarters, but the Mules could not slow down the Wildcats’ comeback in the final quarter.
Littlefield won the game 38-35.
Cesar Enriquez sank a 3-pointer from the right wing for the first points of the game. Two minutes later he drove the lane for the Mules only five points of the first period. Littlefield led 7-5 at the end of the first quarter.
Victor Velasquez put back Enriquez missed free throw shot to tie the game. Joe Gutierrez and Velasquez both scored to keep the game tied. Enriquez snapped the tie with a 3-pointer from the wing to put the Mules in front 14-11 at the half.
The Mules were on fire when the third quarter started. Gutierrez put back an offensive rebound to open the second half. Enriquez was fouled while shooting and he made both free throws.
Enriquez sank a trey from the left wing to give the Mules a 21-11lead one minute into the third quarter. Velasquez scored from the blocks and Gutierrez drove the lane for a layup. The Mules had scored 11 unanswered points to a 25-11 lead.
Littlefield scored the next ten points to cut the Mule lead to 25-21. Enriquez pushed the ball ahead to Velasquez running on a fast break for a layup. The Mules led 27-21 with one quarter left to play.
Velasquez scored twice in the first two minutes of the final period. Gutierrez hit from the elbow, and Enriquez drove the baseline for a hoop. Littlefield outscored the Mules 17-8 in the last quarter.
Enriquez led the Mules with 15 points. Velasquez added 12 points. Gutierrez wrapped up the Mules’ scoring with eight points.
The Mules played in the Dimmitt Tournament over the weekend. The Mules traveled to Idalou Monday and will remain on the road January 22 in Dimmitt. The Mules are scheduled to return home January 29 to host the Slaton Tigers.