Broncos survive Pirate scare
By Kyle Salomon
Senior guard Demarion Love drained two free throws with six seconds remaining in the game to force overtime, and eventually secured a Broncos win at Putnam City 73-66.
Love scored a game-high 19 points, but none were bigger than the two foul shots the 6-foot-3-inch guard knocked down to keep Mustang’s hopes alive and force an extra session against the Pirates Feb. 11.
Junior guard Terrell Williams took over in the overtime period, scoring five points and forcing Putnam City into several turnovers. Williams finished the game with nine points and one rebound.
Sophomore forward Austin Meyer had 13 points and seven rebounds, and sophomore guard Jakolby Long had eight points and five rebounds. Both Meyer and Long fouled out of the game late in the fourth period.
The Broncos and Pirates battled neck and neck throughout the game. Neither team led by more than six points until Mustang pulled away in overtime.
The MHS victory completed the season sweep of Putnam City. The Broncos won the first game in a rout at home 72-45.
“We were fortunate to win this game,” coach Long said. “Putnam City played their tails off. I’m proud of our guys for finding a way to win a tough road game.”
Mustang totaled 31 rebounds, forced 28 Pirate turnovers, committed 21 turnovers themselves and missed 17 free throws on the night, going 20-of-37 from the line.
The Broncos close out the regular season this week as they traveled to Putnam City West Tuesday night and will host Putnam City North for senior night Friday night at 7:30.
Mustang to host regional
Mustang was awarded the fourth seed on the west side, which means they are hosting a regional, which begins Feb. 27.
Putnam City, Norman North and Westmoore are the three other schools in the regional. Mustang will take on Putnam City in game one.