No Long, no problem for boys against Choctaw
By Kyle Salomon
Despite not having its leading scorer last Friday night against Choctaw, the Mustang boys basketball team hammered the Yellowjackets by more than 30 points.
The Broncos defeated Choctaw by a score of 75-42, improving their overall record this season to 14-3 as they head into the final two weeks of the year.
Mustang head coach Terry Long said he thought his team played well on both ends of the court against the Jackets.
“We have really been stressing consistency on both offense and defense,” he said. “I don’t think our defense has been consistent enough all season, so that is something that we really are going to work on heading into the postseason. I was pleased with both ends of the floor against Choctaw.”
Mustang sophomore guard and leading scorer Jakolby Long was held out of the game against the Yellowjackets, but that didn’t seem to slow down the Broncos.
Without Jakolby in the lineup, the Broncos worked the ball inside early in the game trying to establish the big post players, junior Geoffrey Hightower and sophomore Austin Meyer. Offensively, Mustang played a solid first period as they worked the ball inside-and-out getting open shots from different spots on the floor.
Defensively, the Broncos were stout as their athleticism and length on the perimeter made life difficult for the Choctaw offense. Mustang led 22-14 after the first period.
In the second period, Mustang’s offense wasn’t quite as potent as it was in the first, but the Broncos were still having success inside against the Yellowjacket defense. The MHS defense was the story of the second frame as it held Choctaw to 10 points. Mustang led the Yellowjackets 37-24 at the halftime break.
The Broncos seized control of the game early in the second half and continued the dominating performance until the clock struck zero on the district battle with Choctaw. Mustang’s defense only allowed the Yellowjackets 18 total points in the entire second half, while the MHS offense poured on 38 points to make the final difference at 33.
“Defense was the name of the game,” Long said. “If we can continue to defend, be more consistent in that area, I like our chances against anybody.”
Broncos escape Edmond North upset bid
Following a three-day tournament victory at Deer Creek that ended Jan. 25, Mustang hosted Edmond North Jan. 27 in a makeup district game.
It was the fourth game in five days for the Broncos, and they played like it as Edmond North kept the game close and even took a lead late in the fourth period before MHS woke up and squeezed by with the five-point win, 65-60.
“We didn’t play inspired basketball,” Long said. “That game just goes to show you, if you don’t bring the intensity every night, anyone can come up and beat you. Hopefully we learned from that game.”
The Broncos never led by double digits in the contest as Mustang’s offense was sluggish the entire night. MHS was able to utilize its size advantage inside against the Huskies to get numerous offensive rebounds and second-chance points, which were good enough to get the district win.
Mustang traveled to Edmond North for the rematch at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, and the Broncos play host to rival Yukon at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Those results will be in the Feb. 13 Mustang News.