Broncos take regional title; one win away from state
By Kyle Salomon,
This time last year, the Bronco boys basketball players were turning in their jerseys following the upset loss to Bixby in the first round of the regional.
One year later, Mustang is one win away from clinching a state tournament berth after winning the regional championship Saturday night on its home court.
The Broncos took care of business in the regional title game against Norman North by a score of 76-66. The victory improved Mustang’s overall record to 20-5 this season.
“I thought we played pretty well for the most part against Norman North,” Mustang head coach Terry Long said. “They are a tough team to guard, especially on the perimeter with some of those players they have over there.”
Junior guard Terrell Williams led the way in the scoring department with 19 points in the game. Sophomore guard Jakolby Long finished the evening with 16 points, and senior guard Demarion Love logged 15.
Love and sophomore forward Austin Meyer each led the team in rebounding with eight apiece in the contest.
Mustang dominated the first period with an impressive offensive performance. The Broncos had a sizable height advantage inside, and they took advantage with Meyer and junior forward Geoffrey Hightower having big nights.
The guard play from Mustang was stout against the strong perimeter attack of Norman North. The Timberwolves guards struggled against the speed and quickness of the Bronco backcourt.
Norman North made a run before halftime after Mustang got into foul trouble. MHS saw its double-digit lead shrink to four when the halftime horn sounded.
That would be as close as the T-Wolves would get, however, as the Broncos extended the lead in the second half and held on for the 10-point victory.
Mustang totaled 31 rebounds in the game, while completing 15 out of 21 free throws. The Broncos forced Norman North into nine turnovers and committed nine themselves.
“I’m proud of the guys for going out there and competing hard the whole weekend,” Long said. “I thought we played with a lot of intensity and emotion. We were in attack mode, which is the way we need to be.”
Broncos to face Midwest City in area game
Mustang is now one win away from going to the state tournament.
Before the Broncos make the trek to Tulsa, they must obtain one more victory with two opportunities to get it done.
Their first chance comes at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Edmond North when they take on cross-town nemesis Midwest City.
The Bombers beat Mustang 63-60 earlier this season in the championship game of the Mid-Del Holiday Classic.
If the Broncos beat MWC Friday night, they will clinch a spot in the state tournament. If MHS falls to the Bombers, they will get one more opportunity to make it to state when they would play either Moore or Norman at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Choctaw.
Moore and Norman both have one loss in the postseason and they are playing each other Friday night to see who advances to the Saturday game.