Mustang dunks Yukon, 88-65
By Kyle Salomon
When Mustang and Yukon meet in athletics, the intensity is as high as a high school sporting event can be.
The Dec. 17 basketball game between the Broncos and the Millers at Yukon High School didn’t disappoint as a packed house saw Mustang put a 23-point beat-down on Yukon, 88-65.
With the two student sections screaming toward each other throughout the night, the Broncos used their athleticism, speed and length to improve to 5-0 on the season.
The Mustang student section performed the “Silent Night” act on the game as they sat quietly until the Broncos scored their 10th point of the game. Once Mustang reached 10 points, the student section erupted.
Mustang head coach Terry Long said he was happy with the win, but still expects more from his squad.
“I thought we played well at times, but we still did not play the whole game the way we need to and the way we are capable of playing,” he said. “I’m pleased to get the win against our rival, but we still have a lot of work to do if we want to achieve our goals.”
The first period was all about Mustang as the boys started out hot with their outside shooting. The defense was stout as it swarmed the Millers, forcing numerous turnovers in the first frame. The sharp outside shooting opened up the paint for the Bronco post players to maneuver and put points on the board. Mustang led Yukon 22-10 after the first period.
The second period was an offensive-laden one for both squads as Yukon was able to force Mustang into several turnovers, creating easy fast-break opportunities. The Millers also got hot from the outside in the second frame. Mustang was strong offensively as the Broncos continued to terrorize the Millers with their athleticism and length. Mustang led Yukon 48-29 at the halftime break.
The third period was nearly identical to the second as both teams struggled defensively and had success on the offensive end of the court. Yukon tried to make numerous runs to cut into the large lead Mustang held, but the Broncos offensive firepower was too much for the Millers to overcome as the Broncos extended their lead by three points. Mustang led Yukon 72-50 going into the final period.
The fourth period was the worst offensively combined for both schools. Mustang managed just 16 points in the period, while Yukon totaled 15. It was the only frame in the contest that Mustang did not win. The Broncos were able to hold off the Millers as they coasted to the 23-point victory.
Mustang totaled 19 turnovers in the game compared to Yukon with 16. The Broncos were 20-of-32 from the free-throw line, and the Millers were 18-of-32 from the foul stripe on the night.
Sophomore guard Jakolby Long totaled 14 points, four rebounds and one assist on the night. Senior guard Demarion Love finished with 14 points, two rebounds and one assist. Sophomore guard Kejuan Frazier had one rebound and three assists. Sophomore guard Isaiah Hammons totaled eight points and one rebound.
Junior guard Terrell Williams finished with nine points and two rebounds. Junior forward Dylan Snyder had four points and four rebounds. Sophomore guard Dearyus Colbert had two points, four rebounds and one assist. Junior forward Deangelo added two points and one rebound.
Junior guard Aubrey Johnson totaled 16 points and one rebound. Sophomore forward Austin Meyer finished with 15 points and one rebound, and junior forward Geoff Hightower added four points and one rebound.
Mustang returns to action today through Saturday in the Mid-Del Holiday Classic Tournament held at Midwest City and Del City high schools.
“We are looking forward to competing against some really good competition in the Mid-Del tournament,” Long said. “It will be a great challenge for us at this point in the season and a good test to see where we really are as a team.”