SHALLOWATER, Texas — Thanks to their neighbors across the Texas border, the Portales Rams are off to an 0-2 start on the season.
For the second time in three days, the Muleshoe Mules claimed a victory over the Rams, with the most recent win Thursday in the opening round of the Shallowater Shootout.
The Mules (2-2) jumped out to a 30-21 halftime lead, and held on in the fourth with a 23-17 quarter.
“We tried to change the tempo,” Portales coach Mark Gallegos said. “We tried to get up and down a little bit and they got some easy layups.”
Arsenio Geter led the Mules with 26 points, while Trevor Turnbow had 22.
Daniel Aranda was Portales’ only double-figure scorer with 21 points, while Hunter Rackler added eight and Cruz Ontiveros six for the Rams.
Portales plays Olton today at 4 p.m. (MST) in the consolation bracket. Muleshoe plays Lorenzo.
Lady Tigers stay perfect
ANTON, Texas — The Elida Lady Tigers kept their season record perfect Thursday, trouncing Hart, Texas 71-34 in the first round at the Anton Tournament.
Senior Jewlie Paiz lead all scorers with 19 points on the evening. Kodi Armitage joined her in double figures with 16.
“We got it going early,” Elida coach Dan Howard said. “We got to play all the girls tonight.”
Elida went up 15-1 in the first quarter before giving up 12 points to Hart to take a 29-13 lead at the half. The Lady Tigers’ best offensive period of the young season came in the third, however as they racked up 27 points.
Elida plays the winner of the Anton vs. Bovina game at 8:20 a.m. today, then will have one more game later in the day.
Tiger comeback falls short
ANTON, Texas — The Elida boys basketball team was handed its first loss of the season here Thursday, as the Lubbock Warriors defeated the Tigers 54-46 in the first round of the Anton Tournament.
Outsized by the Warriors, Elida, now 1-1, made an early effort to take the Warriors out of their inside game. They led by a point at the end of the first quarter and by a score of 28-23 at the half.
The Warriors got on track in the third, outscoring the Tigers 14-9 for a 37-37 tie going into the final stanza. The Tigers could generate no more offensive output in the fourth than the previous period and the Warriors rallied for 17.
“They were a great big team,” Elida coach Darrell Chenault said. “We got them out of their game but then we had to start fouling them and couldn’t hold it together.”
The Warriors shot a perfect 8-of-8 from the line in the closing minutes to cement the victory.
Wesley Gilmore scored 23 to lead Elida while Trenton Chenault had seven.
The Tigers play the loser of the Anton vs. Bovina game today at 1:40 p.m.