Boys’ basketball falls at PC West
By Kyle Salomon,
Despite getting 23 points and nine rebounds from junior guard Terrell Williams, the Mustang boys suffered an 18-point beat-down at the hands of the No.1 team in the state.
Putnam City West throttled the Broncos 84-66 on Feb. 18 at Putnam City West High School. The loss by MHS made it a season sweep by PC West over Mustang. The Patriots handled the Broncos by double digits at Mustang earlier in the season.
Two other players were in double figures scoring-wise for the Broncos other than Williams. Sophomore guard Jakolby Long finished the game with 19 points and 11 rebounds on the night, and sophomore guard Isaiah Hammons closed out the contest with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
It was the first time this season three different Mustang players had a double-double in one game.
“Putnam City West just took it to us after that first quarter,” Mustang head coach Terry Long said. “We couldn’t do anything right offensively, and we couldn’t stop them on defense.”
The Broncos were able to keep the score close in the first period, trailing 21-20 after one, but the Patriots broke it open in the second frame as they extended their lead out to double digits before halftime.
Mustang kept the lead below 15 points for the majority of the third period, but Putnam City West extended it out to 20-plus in the fourth.
The Broncos completed the game with 42 rebounds on the night. They committed 19 turnovers and forced just seven against PC West.
MHS continued its struggling ways from the foul stripe, going 18-of-31 in the game.
“We have to do a better job of taking care of the basketball,” Long said. “If we don’t value the basketball better, we won’t accomplish our goals. I thought we played well in the first quarter, but after that we couldn’t get anything going.”