Boys’ basketball eliminates Putnam City

Demarion Love Three

By Kyle Salomon,

Beating a team three times in one season is a hard thing to do in sports, but the Mustang boys accomplished that with their beat-down of Putnam City last Friday night.

The Bronco boys basketball team hammered the Pirates 86-67 at the MHS gym in the opening game of regional play to make it three-for-three against PC this year.

Junior guard Terrell Williams led Mustang in scoring on the night with 18 points. Sophomore forward Austin Meyer and senior forward Demarion Love were the other Broncos players in double figures. Meyer had 16 points and Love finished with 13.

Sophomore guard Jakolby Long led in the rebounding department with 10. Meyer had nine in the game and Love totaled eight.

The first two games against Putnam City were polar opposites. Mustang destroyed the Pirates on their home floor back in December 72-45, but PC nearly pulled the upset of the Broncos later in the regular season at Putnam City. MHS came away with a 73-66 overtime victory.

Mustang wanted to get off to a quick start against the Pirates and make the third game more like the first. They accomplished that as they quickly jumped out to a double-digit lead.

Putnam City made a strong run to start the second half as it cut the big Bronco lead to single digits, but MHS stopped the bleeding and drove the lead back up over 20 points midway through the fourth period.

Mustang ended the game with 42 rebounds and made 26 out of 35 foul shots. MHS forced Putnam City into 13 turnovers, but committed 22 themselves.

“We wanted to come out and be aggressive early,” Mustang head coach Terry Long said. “I think we accomplished that goal. We didn’t want to allow them to have any kind of hope, so it was important to come out and attack.”