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Muleshoe took a big step in fulfilling their end-of-the-year goal last Tuesday night. 

Coming into the season, Muleshoe head coach Humberto Gonzalez had a team meeting and they all came to a consensus that they could have made the playoffs last season. They want another shot so the goal this year is to reach the postseason. 

Coming off of two straight losses to open their district schedule, Muleshoe’s playoff aspirations had gotten off on the wrong foot. In both games, Muleshoe played hard, but could not convert that effort into points and wins.  

In a matchup against Denver City, Muleshoe led for nearly the entire contest, making just enough plays here and there to maintain a slim lead. Throughout the first half and up until two minutes left in the third quarter though, it seemed like at any moment Muleshoe was going to run out of gas and let Denver City run away with it. Despite playing one of their better games defensively, the shots simply were not falling. 

Gonzalez came to the same realization calling a timeout while up by six with two and-a-half minutes left in the third quarter to wake his squad up.  

“I love what you guys are giving me defensively. You guys are playing really hard defensively, but it has to turn into something offensively!” Gonzalez said during the timeout.  

Gonzalez’s message was sent, delivered, and responded to as Muleshoe displayed some its best offensive production of the season.  The Mules went on a 20-6 run to put the game out of reach early in the fourth quarter. Muleshoe took its time each possession to find the best shot opportunity, making four, five or even six drives and kickouts to find the open shooter, cutter or driving lane.  

“I’ve talked with them about slowing themselves down when they need to. In the second half we did a very good job of doing just that,” Gonzalez said.  

Muleshoe ran away with this contest late, cruising to a 58-42 win, leading by as much as 20 at one point in the contest. Forwards Tate Shipman and Sebastian Kirven led the way with 12 points apiece with Eliasar Cisneros right behind them with 11.  

“It’s a good win against a great team in District. We really wanted this win,” Gonzalez said.  

Not only does this win shake off a two-game losing spell, it put the Mules back into the playoff picture. They are currently tied with Dimmitt for fourth place in district 3-3A.  

Ma'Rico Holland

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