Boys complete season sweep of Yukon
By Kyle Salomon
Mustang used its athleticism and height to its advantage by completing the season sweep of rival Yukon at home Monday night.
The Bronco boys basketball team defeated the Millers 86-74 in front of a packed house in the Mustang High School gym. The boys improved their overall record to 16-3 on the season.
Senior guard Demarion Love led the team in scoring with 22 points. Sophomore forward Austin Meyer had a double-double on the night with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
The game against Yukon was originally supposed to be played last Friday, but due to inclement weather in the area, the matchup was postponed to Monday night.
Mustang head coach Terry Long said he still wants to see his team play with more consistency.
“I thought we played well at times, but at other times we didn’t,” he said. “We have big goals, and if we want to achieve them, we have to start playing more consistent basketball on both ends of the floor.”
Mustang dominated the first period as it suffocated the Miller offensive attack with stout defensive play on the perimeter and in the paint. The Broncos got off to a hot start offensively with solid play from their front line, leading 19-8 after the first.
In the second period, Mustang’s offense continued to function at a high level, but the defense began to struggle against the hard-working Millers. Yukon kept the game within striking distance for much of the period, but a late run by the Broncos gave MHS a 39-26 advantage at the half.
The third period was nearly a carbon copy of the second as Mustang’s offense was hitting on all cylinders. However, the defense continued to struggle against the Millers’ offense, allowing numerous second-chance points. MHS led 64-48 after the third.
Yukon made a strong run at the Broncos in the fourth frame as it cut the Mustang lead down to seven points with half of the period to play, but Mustang stayed strong offensively as it attacked the rim. Meyer put the clamps on the victory with consecutive dunks, extending the Bronco lead back to double digits.
Mustang boys totaled 31 rebounds in the game. They made 27 out of 41 foul shots and committed 10 turnovers.