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By Derek Lopez

Photos by Derek Lopez
LOOKING TO SCORE – Muleshoe guard, Brian Cruz, puts up a runner in the lane over Sudan’s Alex Conley, during the first half of the Mules’ narrow loss to the Hornets during summer league play last week at Wildcat Gym.

The Sudan Hornets’ basketball team outlasted the Muleshoe Mules on Tuesday evening, 53-47, to close out their summer league schedule at Wildcat Gym.
Sudan’s Isaiah Cisneros got the Hornets off and running with a lay-up and drew an and-one foul on the play to put them out in front, 3-0. the Mules would answer, as Derek Barron hit Victor Velasquez for a lay-up, cutting the lead to, 3-2, with 18:23 remaining in the first half.
Senior, Parker Battin tossed an inbound pass to senior, Josh Leal, who knocked down a corner three from the left wing, but Muleshoe answered again, as Sebastian scored a put-back off of the miss by Carter McCamish, making it a one-possession game, 6-4.
With 17:17 remaining in the half, Battin was fouled on a shot attempt and converted the free throw, stretching their lead to, 8-4. Sebastian converted a free throw for the Mules, after being fouled by Battin, but the Hornets answered with back-to-back buckets from Cisneros and senior, Alex Conley, off of assist from Battin and senior, Christian Montes, pushing their lead back out to, 12-6.
Velasquez was fouled on an attempt by Conley and knocked down the free throw to make it a four-point game, and Braden Shipman followed it up with a free-throw line jumper, drawing the and-one foul on the play, slicing the lead to just one point, 12-11, with just under 11 minutes to play in the half.
Conley dropped in a lay-up for Sudan, making it a three-point game, but after three consecutive missed free throw opportunities by the Mules, they were able to get a bucket, as Velasquez scored a lay-up, to again make it a one-point game, 14-13, with 6:14 remaining in the half.
The Mules dropped in another basket to take their first lead of the game with just under six minutes to play in the half, but Leal picked up a steal on the Hornets side of the floor and got it to Cisneros for a lay-up to regain the Sudan lead, 16-15.
Leal scored a lay-up off of his own miss and Battin took a charge, regaining possession for Sudan with just under four minutes to play in the half.
Battin scored on the following possession, but the Mules went on a scoring run and took a one-point lead, after a lay-up from Derek Barron found the bottom of the net, making the score, 21-20.
With 2:34 to play in the half, Conley was fouled and converted the free throw to regain the lead for Sudan, 22-21. But a few possession later, Brian Cruz was fouled on the floor by Conley and was able to knock down the free throw, making the score, 23-22, in favor of the Mules.
With time winding down in the half, Leal dropped in a lay-up, drawing an and-one foul on the play, making the score, 25-23, in favor of the Hornets, going into halftime.
Montes got the second half off to a quick start, dropping in a lay-up for Sudan, but Velasquez answered with a lay-up of his own on the other end, making the score, 27-25.
Parker hit Cisneros with an inbound pass for a lay-up, but on the other side, Derek Barron was fouled on a shot by Montes. He sank the free to make it a one-possession game, 29-27, with just under 19 minutes to play in the game.
Leal missed a three, but followed his shot and was able to draw a shooting foul on Jacob Barron and sank the free throw, extending their lead to, 31-27. The Mules would not go away, as McCamish knocked down a three from the left elbow for the Mules to cut the Sudan lead to just one point, 31-30, with 13:47 to play.
Velasquez buried a three from the left elbow for the Mules, off of the assist from McCamish, but Sudan answered, as Conley picked up a asteal from Adam and took it the other way for a lay-up, drawing an and-one foul on the play, making the score, 34-33.
Adam came right back for the Mules and drained a three from the left wing to regain the lead for the Mules, 36-34, but Montes, on the other end, was fouled on the floor sending him to the line for a one-in-on opportunity. He sank the free throw to tie the game, 36-36, with 11:21 to play.
With 10:39 to play in the game, Beto Mendoza tipped in a miss by Cisneros and on the next play, he was fouled on a defensive rebound, sending him to the line for a free throw.
He missed the free throw, but Cisneros was able to gather the offensive rebound and score the put-back, drawing an and-one foul on the play, stretching their lead to, 41-36.
The Hornets scored again in transition, as Montes passed to Mendoza, who then hit Cisneros on a bounce pass for a lay-up, extending their lead to seven points, 43-36.
The Mules sank a free throw, but Sudan responded, as Battin inbounded the ball to Cisneros for a lay-up, pushing their lead back out to, 45-38. The Mules struck from the free-throw line again, but again Cisneros was involved on the offensive end, this time finding a cutting Montes for a lay-up, making the score, 47-40.
Derek Barron responded with a lay-up for Muleshoe, but the Hornets scored on a second-chance try, as Montes tipped an offensive rebound out to Leal, who was crashing the boards and dropped in a floater to extend their lead to, 49-42.
With just under seven minutes remaining, Cisneros used a jump step to get to the basket for a lay-up to make it a nine-point Sudan lead, but the Mules answered with a three-point play, trimming the lead back down to, 51-45.
Cisneros fired a bullet pass into the lane to Montes, who dropped it in for a lay-up, but McCamish answered with a lay-up on the other end for the Mules, making the score, 53-47.
The score would stand, as the Hornets held on to defeat the Mules, 53-47 to close out summer league play.
Cisneros led the Hornets in scoring with 18 points and was joined in double-figures scoring by Leal, who netted 12 points. Conley chipped in nine points, while Montes contributed eight points. Battin added four points, while Mendoza finished with two points in the contest.

REVERSE – Muleshoe’s, Sebastian, puts up a reverse lay-up for the Mules, during the first half of the their narrow loss to the Hornets during summer league play last week at Wildcat Gym in Littlefield.


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