By Delton Wilhite, Sportswriter
The Mules struggled in the second half Tuesday when they hosted the Roosevelt Eagles. The Mules played much better Friday night against the Littlefield Wildcats. The Mules fell to Roosevelt 62-44 and Littlefield 50-41.
Israel Vasquez was fouled while shooting and made one free throw to open the first period for the Mules. Later in the period, he dropped in a 15-foot baseline jumper. Romeo Reyes sank a trey from the top of the key. Izaiah Perez put back a rebound. The Mules trailed Roosevelt 10-8 after one quarter.
Luke Del Toro opened the second period with a pair of free throws. Reyes sank a teardrop from baseline. Jacob Kettner and Ethan Villa chipped in a free throw each. Brady Martinez sank jump shot from near the free throw line. Luke Leal drove the lane for a hoop and sank a trey from the wing to end the first half. The Mules trailed 22-21 at the intermission.
Leal opened the second half with a 3-pointer from near the baseline. Martinez dropped in a 15-foot jumper. Vasquez chipped in a pair of free throws and scored in the paint. Reyes hit back-to-back treys in the final minute of play. The Mules trailed 47-36 with one quarter left to play.
Del Toro dropped in a 16-foot jump shot to open the final period. Vasquez made a pair from the charity line and scored from the paint. Reyes made the Mules final two points.
Reyes led the Mules with 13 points. Vasquez added 11 points, and Leal finished with eight points. Martinez and Del Toro made four points each. Perez had two points. Villa and Kettner chipped in a point each.
Reyes led the Mules out of the gate against Littlefield with a pair of jump shots. Vasquez scored from the baseline, sank a trey from the left wing, and chipped in a pair of free throws. The Mules trailed Littlefield 18-11 after one quarter.
Reyes picked off a Wildcat inbound pass and scored. Kettner hit from inside the paint. Leal took an outlet pass and drove the floor for a hoop. Martinez picked off a Littlefield pass and drove the floor for a hoop. She drove the lane for his final hoop of the half. The Mules trailed 27-21 at the half.
Kettner made back-to-back treys from the top of the key to open the second half. Reyes added a layup to end the third quarter. The Mules trailed 43-29 with one quarter left to play.
Vasquez picked a Wildcat’s pocket and drove to the hoop to open the final period. He added a basket later in the quarter. Del Toro and Kettner chipped in a free throw each. Leal drained a pair of treys in the final two minutes of the game.
Vasquez led the Mules with 11 points. Kettner added nine points. Leal and Reyes finished with eight points each. Del Toro chipped in one point.
“We competed with a very good team tonight,” said Mule coach Humberto Gonzalez. “I really wish we had twenty more games on our schedule.”
The Mules closed out the basketball season Tuesday evening at Idalou against the Wildcats.