Boys throttle Edmond North
By Kyle Salomon
Defense led the way for the Broncos as they hammered Edmond North in a district road battle.
The Mustang boys basketball team improved its overall regular season record to 15-3 with a 69-46 throttling of Edmond North on the road Feb. 4.
The Broncos held the Huskies to less than 10 points in two out of the four periods in the game.
Junior guard Terrell Williams and sophomore guard Isaiah Hammons led the way in the scoring department for Mustang as each scored 12 points.
The Broncos had two players achieve a double-double on the night. Sophomore forward Austin Meyer had 10 points and 12 rebounds, while junior forward Geoffrey Hightower had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Williams said the team wanted to come out and send a message early in the game.
“We just wanted to be aggressive and play our game,” he said. “I think we did that against Edmond North. We just have to work on playing that way for the entire game.”
In the first period, Mustang’s defense was the story as it suffocated the Edmond North guards, forcing them into making numerous turnovers, leading to fast-break points for the Broncos. Offensively for MHS, the first period was about establishing the inside play from Meyer and Hightower. Both Bronco post players got off to hot starts as Mustang led 18-7 after the first.
The second period didn’t go quite as smoothly for the Broncos. Mustang’s defense wasn’t as sharp, and the Huskies began to get easy buckets around the basket. The Bronco offense wasn’t as potent either as Mustang became stagnant on the offensive end of the floor. Edmond North outscored the Broncos in the period 16-14, making the halftime score 32-23 Mustang.
The Broncos broke the game open in the third period. Mustang’s defense came back alive as the full-court man-to-man pressure gave the Edmond North players fits. The Bronco guards began to heat up from the perimeter as they extended their lead to 20 points by the end of the period. Mustang led 48-28 heading into the fourth.
The final period of the contest was an offensive juggernaut for both squads. The Broncos put up 21 points, while Edmond North tacked on 18 to finish the game. Both head coaches emptied the benches halfway through the period as Mustang coasted to the 23-point victory.
Mustang head coach Terry Long said he was pleased with the overall effort of his group.
“I thought we did some good things tonight, especially on the defensive end,” he said. “We have to continue to improve and work hard in that area. I thought we rebounded well tonight and got some good play from our big men.”
Mustang ended the game with 36 total rebounds on the night. The Broncos struggled from the foul stripe as they made just four out of 11 free throws.
MHS committed 19 total turnovers in the game.
Mustang played at Putnam City Tuesday night in a district road battle. The Broncos will host Edmond Santa Fe at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Mustang High School in the annual “Pink Out” game against the Timberwolves.
Those results will be in the Feb. 20 Mustang News.