Boys drop games for first time in season

Terrell Williams

By Kyle Salomon

For the first time this basketball season the Bronco boys did not come away with a win as they went 0-2 last week.

Mustang dropped a nail-biter on the road in overtime to top-five ranked Edmond Santa Fe 67-63 on Jan. 14, then fell to No.1 Putnam City West 75-62 at home last Friday night.

The two losses drop the Broncos’ overall regular season record to 8-3 on the year.

“Our defense let us down in the fourth quarter against Edmond Santa Fe,” Mustang head coach Terry Long said. “They made the plays down the stretch and we didn’t.”

Against Edmond Santa Fe, Mustang got off to a hot start offensively as the Broncos put up 23 points in the first period behind solid play on the perimeter from guards Terrell Williams and Jakolby Long. However, Mustang’s defense wasn’t as impressive in the first period as it allowed 21 points to the Timberwolves. The Broncos led 23-21 after one.

Chandler Garrett

Chandler Garrett (Photo/Kyle Salomon)

It was a night and day difference in the second period following the first as both offensives went dry and the defensive intensity picked up for both schools. Mustang mustered just 10 points in the period as its outside shooting went cold, but Edmond Santa Fe’s offense went colder than the Broncos’ as the T-Wolves put up a mere eight points in the period. MHS led ESF by four at 33-29 heading into the halftime break.

In the third period the Broncos played their best frame of the game as they were stout offensively and stifling defensively, making life miserable for the Edmond Santa Fe players. Mustang scored 14 points, but they were starting to pound the ball inside to their post players, and Long was taking the ball to the basket at will against the ESF guards. MHS held the Timberwolves to seven points in the period, taking a 47-36 advantage into the final period.

As good as the Broncos played in the third period, they played that bad in the fourth. Mustang allowed Edmond Santa Fe to score 20 points in the period and the Broncos mustered only nine, which made the score tied at the end of regulation. The Broncos missed numerous layup attempts, which would have sealed the Mustang victory instead of the score being tied at 56 heading into overtime.

The Timberwolves continued their hot streak in the extra frame and the Broncos continued to struggle. Edmond Santa Fe escaped with the comeback win at 67-63.

“We just played too inconsistent to win the basketball game,” Long said. “You can’t play that inconsistent against a good team on the road and expect to win the basketball game.”

Mustang closed the game with 14 turnovers and made 14 out of 25 foul shots on the night.

Long finished the game with 16 points and nine rebounds. Williams had 16 points and four rebounds. Demarion Love totaled nine points and three rebounds. Geoffrey Hightower had eight points and five rebounds.

Austin Meyer had four points and five rebounds. Isaiah Hammons had three points and one rebound, and Chandler Garrett added two points and five rebounds.

Against Putnam City West the Broncos and Patriots played neck and neck throughout the first period. Mustang was riding the intensity that the packed Mustang High School gym was giving them as they were having success on offense. Putnam City West had a strong offensive period as well as its outside shot-making against the Mustang zone hurt MHS. The Broncos trailed 18-17 after one period.

It was much of the same as the offensive consistency for PC West was too much for Mustang to stop as they extended their lead in the second period over the Broncos. Mustang’s offense struggled in the second period against the pressure from the Patriots. PC West led Mustang at the half 35-30.

Several times throughout the third period the Broncos came back and forced a tie against the Patriots, but each time PC West would answer with a run of its own, extending the lead back to near double digits. Mustang outscored PCW in the period, cutting the lead to four points heading into the final frame of the game. MHS trailed Putnam City West 51-47 after three.

The Patriots took control of the game in the fourth period as they were able to extend their lead to double-digits against the Broncos. Mustang’s offense was solid as they put 15 points on the board, but the Broncos could not get a stop against PCW as the Patriot guards were dissecting through the Mustang D. PC West coasted to the 13-point victory.

Mustang ended the game with 12 turnovers and made 12 out of 17 foul shots on the night.

Long had 21 points and five rebounds. Meyer had 15 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double. Williams totaled nine points and three rebounds. Hightower finished with six points and three rebounds.

Love totaled five points and three rebounds. Colbert finished with four points and one rebound, and Garrett had two points and five rebounds.

“When you are playing a good team, you have to play well to have a chance to win the game,” Long said. “I thought at moments we played well but we didn’t play consistent enough to give ourselves a real chance to win the game. They made more plays in the fourth quarter than we did.”