By Delton Wilhite, Sportswriter
The freshmen Mules jumped out to a quick start and led the Slaton Tigers 24-21 at the half. Slaton came back in the second half to defeat the Mules 34-27.
Braden Shipman put back an offensive rebound to break the scoring ice for the Mules. Victor Velasquez put back a rebound for a hoop. Cesar Enriquez nailed a 3-pointer from the top of the key, and he added a free throw after being fouled on a fast break to tie the game.
Velasquez scored on an inbounds play. Joe Gutierrez led the Mules on back-to-back fast breaks. Enriquez chipped in a free throw to end the first period with the Mules leading 15-12.
Enriquez lined up a trey from the left wing to start the second period. Velasquez scored on an inbounds play and then put back a rebound. Velasquez scored in the paint to end the Mules scoring in the first half. The Mules led 24-21 at the intermission.
Velasquez made one free throw for all of the Mules’ points in the third period. Slaton led the Mules 26-25 with one period left to play.
Kurt Rodriguez and Benji Ramirez each made a free throw for the Mule points in the final period.
Velasquez led the Mules with 11 points. Enriquez added eight points. Gutierrez dropped in four points, and Shipman finished with two points. Rodriguez and Ramirez chipped in a free throw each.
The Mules traveled to Friona Monday to play the Braves. The Mules will return home February 12 to host the Shallowater Mustangs to close out their season.