By Delton Wilhite, Sportswriter
The seventh-grade Mules got off to a slow start Monday when they played the Slaton Tigers. But the Mules came back in the second half to defeat the Tigers 34-28.
Irvin Torres made a free throw early in the first period, and he finished a fast break for a layup with just 35 seconds left in the first period. The Mules trailed Slaton 7-3 after one quarter.
Nic Reyes grabbed an offensive rebound and was fouled attempting to put the ball back up. He made one of his free throws. Tate Shipman scored from the blocks. Fifteen seconds later he drove the right side of the lane for a layup.
Shipman then picked off a Tiger inbound pass and drove to the hoop to give the Mules a 10-9 lead. Frankie Reyes put back an offensive rebound, and the Mules trailed 14-12 at the half.
N. Reyes scored from the blocks to start a six-point Mule run. Torres stole a Tiger pass and drove for a hoop. Uriel Ramirez picked off a Tiger inbound pass and tossed the ball to Torres for a hoop. Torres grabbed a long defensive rebound and drove the floor for a layup. The Mules led 20-16 with four minutes left in the third period.
Elisar Cisneros was fouled while shooting and made one free throw. David McMullen drove the right side of the lane for a hoop. Torres scored on an inbounds play as time expired in the third period. The Mules led 25-23 with one frame left to play.
Uriel Ramirez sank a baseline jump shot to start the final period. N. Reyes took a feed from Torres and scored from the blocks two minutes into the fourth period. McMullen was fouled attempting to shoot a trey. He made all three free throws. F. Reyes put back an offensive rebound for the Mules final points of the game.
Torres led the Mules with 13 points. Shipman finished with six points. McMullen and N. Reyes made five points each. F. Reyes and Ramirez added two points each. Cisneros chipped in one point.
The Mules traveled to Friona to play the Braves Monday and will return home February 12 to play the Shallowater Mustangs.