Boys’ basketball squeaks out victory on senior night
By Kyle Salomon,
Mustang boys got 15 points and 20 rebounds from sophomore forward Austin Meyer in their 50-46 senior night victory against Putnam City North.
The Broncos finished the regular season with an 18-5 overall record with the defeat of the Panthers last Friday night at Mustang High School.
“I thought we got some good play inside against PC North,” Mustang head coach Terry Long said. “We were thin on the perimeter, so we wanted to really focus on getting the ball inside and letting our big guys go to work. Austin (Meyer) was really aggressive tonight. We need that from him.”
Mustang was without sophomore guard Jakolby Long and Isaiah Hammons. Long sat out of the game because of knee soreness and Hammons was resting an injured ankle suffered earlier in the week.
“Those guys are going to be fine for the postseason,” Long said. “It was more of a precautionary thing holding them out. We need them healthy and ready to go on Friday night.”
The Broncos and PC North battled neck-and-neck throughout the entire game. Mustang was able to use its full-court trap defense to force several Panther turnovers, which allowed MHS to get the victory.
Meyer was the only Bronco in double figures in scoring and rebounding on the night. The 20 boards brought down by the 6-foot-9-inch sophomore were his season high and the team’s season high this year.
Turnovers continued to be a problem for Mustang. They committed 22 on the night as a team and forced just nine against Putnam City North.
The Broncos brought down 44 rebounds and made 13 out of 16 free throws in the game.
“I am proud of the guys for gutting the game out,” Long said. “We could have just said we don’t care about this game and focused on the postseason, but our guys wanted to get this one, and they did.”