Eighth-grade Mules beat Mustangs 27-26

By Delton Wilhite, Sportswriter

The eighth-grade Mules surprised the Shallowater Mustangs Monday evening. The Mules outscored the Mustangs 9-4 in the final period to win the game by a score of 27-26.

Christian Fabela picked off an inbound pass and scored as the first period came to a close. The Mules trailed Shallowater 8-2 after the first period.

Dok Gardner finished a fast break to open the second period. Abraham Mendoza made a half-court pass to Victor Morales running on a fast break. Jeremiah Barron concluded the first half with a short jumper, and he sank a trey from the right wing. The Mules had cut the Shallowater lead to 16-11 at the intermission.

Barron passed to Victor Morales running on a fast break to open the third quarter. Barron drove the floor for a layup. Jacob Reyes was fouled while shooting and made one free throw. Evan Lopez cleaned up the backside by putting back the offensive rebound for a hoop. The Mules had cut the Mustang lead to 22-18 with one quarter left to play.

Jacob Reyes dropped in a 12-foot baseline jumper to open the final period. Barron was fouled driving to the hoop, and he chipped in a free throw. Barron then finished a fast break and kissed the ball off the glass for a basket.

Barron sank a trey from the near the baseline to put the Mules on top 26-24. It was the first time the Mules had led during the game. The Mules called a timeout with 20
seconds left in the game, and the score was tied at 26-26.

Morales was fouled attempting to put back an offensive rebound with three seconds left in the game. Morales made the first free throw to put the Mules ahead and missed the second to start the clock. Shallowater could not reach midcourt with the ball for a final shot.

Barron led the Mules with 13 points. Morales finished with five points, and Reyes had three points. Gardner, Fabela, and Lopez chipped in two points each.

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