Mustang bitten by Timberwolves
By Kyle Salomon
Mustang boys basketball team’s comeback attempt fell short in a 72-68 loss to Edmond Santa Fe last Friday night at home. The defeat at the hands of the Timberwolves was the first sweep the Broncos have suffered this season. MHS fell to Santa Fe earlier in the season in an overtime thriller.
Scoring was hard to come by against the T-wolves’ 2-3 packed-in zone defense. Mustang had only two players in double figures.
Sophomore forward Austin Meyer led the Broncos with a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds. Senior guard Demarion Love had 12 points and three rebounds.
“They just made more plays down the stretch than we did,” Mustang head coach Terry Long said. “I thought we battled back, but we put ourselves in a tough position with how we played coming out of halftime.”
Mustang trailed the Timberwolves by just three points at halftime, but Edmond Santa Fe quickly increased that margin to double digits in the third period.
The Bronco offense was flat as it struggled to find open lanes to drive to the basket.
The T-wolves offense wasn’t lighting up the scoreboard either, but was efficient enough to get baskets on key possessions as they slowly built on their lead.
ESF reached its peak early in the fourth period when it took a 16-point lead on a fast-break layup. From that point, the Broncos mounted a furious comeback, cutting the lead to two points with just under a minute left.
However, that would be as close as Mustang would get as Edmond Santa Fe stopped the Broncos’ run and made clutch free throws to secure the four-point road win.
“You can’t dig yourself a hole like we did against a good team and expect to win the game,” Long said. “We have to play better basketball in every facet of the game if we want to achieve our goals.”
Mustang was without junior forward Geoffrey Hightower because of health reasons. Hightower was slated to start, but was a late scratch just before tip-off.
The Broncos totaled 32 rebounds, made 16 out of 25 free throws and committed 16 turnovers on the night.