Mustang wins Millwood tournament

Aubrey Johnson

By Kyle Salomon

When Terry Long left Douglass to come to Mustang to be the head basketball coach, he knew there would be a chance he would see his old team, and that become a reality last week.

Mustang won the 2013 Oklahoma Millwood Invitational basketball tournament at Millwood High School.

The tournament was originally scheduled to be played Dec. 5-7, but because of the snow and ice storm that hit the Oklahoma City area, the final two days of the event were postponed to Dec. 11-12.

Isaiah Hammons

Isaiah Hammons

The Broncos defeated Mount St. Mary’s on Dec. 5 by a score of 77-52. They returned to action on Dec. 11 against Oklahoma City Douglass. The Broncos hammered the four-time defending Class 4A state champions 101-82.

In the championship game on Dec. 12, Mustang took on the Oklahoma City Storm. Mustang squeaked out a 70-67 victory against the area home-school team, giving the Broncos the tournament victory.

The three wins in the contest improved the Broncos’ overall regular season record to 4-0. Long said he is proud of the way his team competed, but they have a lot of work to do.

“We are playing inconsistent basketball right now on both ends of the floor,” he said. “We will play totally unselfish at times and look like a contending basketball team, but then we will play sloppy and play real inconsistent. If we want to accomplish our goals, we are going to have to be more consistent.”

Against Oklahoma City Douglass the Broncos got off to a strong start. Mustang played its full court man-to-man pressure defense, which gave the Trojans all they could handle and more.

The Broncos capitalized on numerous Douglass turnovers, which turned into easy fast-break points for Mustang. Douglass is known for its up-tempo style of play, but the Broncos gave them a taste of their own medicine as Mustang’s overall athleticism proved to be too much for the Trojans to handle.

However, in the fourth period Mustang took its foot off the gas pedal, allowing the savvy Douglass squad an opportunity to make a furious comeback against the Broncos. The Trojans cut the lead from 26 points to four points in a matter of four and a half minutes.

Mustang was able to stop the bleeding and extended the lead back to double digits to ice the 19-point victory against Long’s old team.

“I thought we stopped playing in the fourth,” Long said. “We thought the game was over and when you do that against a good team you give them a chance to come back on you. Hopefully we learn from that and don’t let that happen again.”

Sophomore guard Jakolby Long had 17 points, four rebounds and two assists on the night. Sophomore guard Isaiah Hammons totaled 20 points, six rebounds and two assists. Junior guard Terrell Williams finished with five points, two rebounds and four assists.

Junior guard Aubrey Johnson had seven points and three rebounds. Sophomore forward Austin Meyer totaled 20 points, nine rebounds and one assist. Junior forward Geoff Hightower finished with four points and five rebounds.

Senior guard Demarion Love had 20 points, three rebounds and one assist. Sophomore guard Dearyus Colbert finished with five points, three rebounds and one assist. Senior forward Eric Lucas had one rebound. Sophomore guard Kejuan Frazier added two points and one rebound, and junior forward Dylan Snyder finished with two points and one rebound.

Against the OKC Storm the Broncos struggled to gain a lead in the game. Mustang and the Storm went back and forth as neither team led by more than five points throughout the game. Mustang was able to make plays down the stretch both offensively and defensively to escape with the three-point win.

Long finished against the Storm with 10 points, six rebounds and three assists. Hammons totaled 15 points, three rebounds and two assists. Williams closed out the contest with eight points, three rebounds and two assists.

Johnson had 11 points and three rebounds. Meyer totaled nine points and two rebounds. Hightower closed the game out with seven points and four rebounds.

Love finished the game with eight points, one rebound and five assists. Colbert had two rebounds and two assists, while Snyder totaled two points and one rebound.

Mustang traveled to Yukon on Tuesday night to compete with the Millers in the in-county rivalry.