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               The Muleshoe Mules’ varsity basketball team fell to the Littelfield Wildcats at home on Tuesday, 60-47, in their first meeting of district play.

               With the loss, the Mules fall to 1-4 in district play.

               Brennen Davis opened the game with a lay-up for the Mules, but Littlefield’s Chip Green answered with a three from the left elbow, off of the assist from Jaron Cabello, putting the Wildcats in front, 3-2. Irvin Torres       dropped in a floater from the left side to regain the lead for Muleshoe, but it was short-lived, as Cabello bounced a pass to Omar Martinez in transition, as he finished the play with a lay-up at the rim to make the score, 5-4, in favor of the Wildcats.

               Davis dropped in a lay-up off of an assist from Torres, but Cabello answered with a three from the top of the key, off of the assist from Ethan Garcia to put the Wildcats up a possession, 8-6, with 3:24 remaining in the opening quarter. Davis dropped in a lay-up off of the assist from Jeremiah Baron to tie the game, 8-8, but Jeremiah Trevino answered with a  three from the right wing for Littlefield to put them back in front, 11-8.

               Jordan Trevino was fouled on an attempt by Tate Shipman and made one-of-two shots at the line to extend their lead to, 12-8, with under one minute remaining in the first quarter. Green took a charge on Shipman and with time winding down in the quarter, Jeremiah Trevino buried a three from the left elbow at the buzzer, off of the assist from Garcia to stretch their lead to, 15-8, going into quarter number two.

               Kirven went coast-to-coast for a lay-up to open the second frame, but Green responded with a three from the left elbow off of the assist from Jordan Trevino to push their lead to, 18-10. Ryan West picked up a steal and went coast-to-coast for a lay-up, drawing an and-one foul on Shipman. He converted the free to push their lead to, 21-10, with 6:23 remaining in the first half.

               Muleshoe took a time out with 5:56 remaining in the half, and out of the break, Green drained a three from the right wing, off of the assist from Jordan Trevino, pushing their lead to, 24-10. The Wildcats took a charge on Davis and on the other end, Green scored a put-back off of the miss by Martinez to make the score, 26-10, with just over five minutes remaining in the quarter.

               Torres dropped in a floater, drawing an and-one foul on the play. He converted the free throw, trimming the lead to, 26-13, but on the other end, Jordan Trevino pulled up for a jumper in the lane and Cabello followed it up with a drive and dish to Jordan Trevino for another lay-up to extend their lead back out to, 30-13, with 4:27 left to play in the half.

               With 3:01 left to play in the half, Kirven scored a put-back off of his own miss, drawing an and-one foul on West. He missed the free throw, but Davis was their for the offensive rebound and was fouled on the play by Cabello. He made the first attempt at the line, but missed the second, cutting the lead to, 30-16.

               MJ Randle was fouled on the floor by Baron and converted both free throws and Martinez followed it up with a three from the right elbow, off f the assist from Garcia, stretching their lead to, 35-16.

               After a Muleshoe time out, Torres drained a three from the right elbow to close out the first half with the Wildcats in front, 35-19.

               Torres opened the second half with a three from the left wing, but Cabello answered with a lay-up to make the score, 37-22. Torres fired back with another three from the left wing, but the Wildcats again answered, as Jordan Trevino grabbed an offensive rebound and got it to Martinez for a lay-up, making the score, 39-25.

               With 6:24 remaining in the third quarter, Littlefield took a time out to talk things over and out of the break, Ty’Jae Chambers dropped in a lay-up off of the assist from Jordan Trevino to make the score, 41-28. Kirven dropped in a lay-up off of the assist from Torres and Torres followed it up with a lay-up in transition to cut the lead to, 41-32, with 3:19 left to play in the quarter.

               With 1:24 left to play in the quarter, Chambers scored a put-back off of a miss by Martinez, drawing an and-one foul on Dok Gardner. He converted the free throw, making the score, 44-32. Torres took a charge on Jordan Trevino to close out the third quarter with the Wildcats up 12 heading into the final quarter of play. 

               Kirven dropped in a lay-up to open the fourth quarter, but on their next offensive possession, Chambers took a charge on Torres to force a turnover. The Wildcats capitalized on the play, as Chambers scored a put-back off of a miss by Green, drawing an and-one foul on the play. He missed the free throw, leaving the score, 46-34.

               With 6:43 left to play, Jordan was fouled on the floor, earning a one-in-one opportunity at the line. He converted both free throws, but Torres answered with a three from the left elbow to make the score, 48-37, with 6:23 remaining. Kirven lobbed a pass into Davis, who finished at the rim with a lay-up to cut the lead to single-digits, 48-39, but Jordan Trevino knocked down a jumper from the right elbow, making the score, 50-39, with just under five minutes left to play in the game.

               Torres hit Davis with a no-look pass, who was fouled on the shot attempt by Tyrell Norman. He converted both free throws to make it a nine-point game, as Littlefield took a time out to talk things over. Out of the break, Davis scored a put-back off of a miss by Eliasar Cisneros, but Norman responded with a lay-up to make the score, 52-43, with under three minutes left to play.

               Muleshoe took a time out with 2:37 remaining and out of the break, Baron dropped in a lay-up off of a steal and Torres took a charge on Jordan Trevino to give the Mules an extra possession. They couldn’t capitalize, as Martinez picked up a steal and got it ahead to Jordan Trevino, who was fouled on the fast-break by Kirven. He split the free throws to make the score, 53-45.

               Both teams took a time out, and out of the break, Jordan Trevino was fouled on the floor by Torres, who picked up his fourth foul of the game. Jordan Trevino split the attempts to stretch the lead back out to nine points, 54-45. With under one minute remaining, Torres dropped in a finger roll lay-up, however the Wildcats closed out the game on a, 6-0, scoring run, as the Mules fell to the Wildcats, 60-47.

               Torres led the team in scoring with a game-high 21 points, and he was joined in double figures scoring by Davis, who netted 11 points. Shipman chipped in eight points, while Baron finished with seven points in the contest.

By DEREK LOPEZ

Muleshoe Journal Correspondent

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