Mustang taking talents to state tournament

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By Kyle Salomon,

One year after the Mustang boys basketball team suffered a shocking upset at the hands of Bixby in the first round of the Jenks regional, the Broncos will get another shot at the Spartans, this time in the state tournament.

Mustang pulled away from Moore in the fourth period at Choctaw to win 61-49 and secure a slot in the 2014 boys basketball state tournament in Tulsa.

“We are really excited and honored to have the opportunity to play in the state tournament,” Mustang head coach Terry Long said. “We are still a long ways to go to accomplish our ultimate goal, which is to win a state championship, but I am really proud of my team for competing the way they have to get to this point.”

The tournament is a three-day event. It will start Thursday in Catoosa and run through Saturday night. The semifinal and state championship games will be played at the Mabee Center at Oral Roberts University.

The Broncos will take on Bixby at 2 p.m. Thursday at Catoosa High School. The state tournament is single elimination, so Mustang must win to stay alive.

If MHS takes care of business against the Spartans on Thursday, they play again at 9 p.m. Friday at ORU in Tulsa. The state final game will be played at 7:45 p.m. Saturday at the Mabee Center.

The other six teams to qualify for the state tournament are Tulsa Union, Putnam City West, Midwest City, Lawton Eisenhower, Owasso and Muskogee.

The Broncos come into the tournament with a 21-6 record. Bixby sits at 18-7 and is coached by Scott Padek. Tulsa Union is coached by Rudy Garcia and is 24-2 this season.

Putnam City West is 24-2 this year and is coached by Lenny Bert. Midwest City is 21-2 and is coached by Dewayne Bradley. Lawton Ike is 18-4 this season and is coached by Bruce Harrington.

Owasso sits at 20-5 this season and is coached by Mark Vancurren, and Muskogee comes into the three-day event with a record of 11-10.

Tulsa Union is the No.1 seed from the east side, so they will play the No.4 seed from the west side on Thursday, which is Lawton Ike. Putnam City West is the No.1 seed in the west, so they will take on No.4 seed from the east, Muskogee.

Mustang is the No.3 seed in the west, and Bixby is the No.2 seed in the east, which is why they are facing off Thursday. Midwest City is the No.2 seed in the west, which matches them up with the No.3 seed from the east, Owasso.

If the Broncos win, they will take on the winner of Putnam City West and Muskogee on Friday. The winner of that game will play in the state championship Saturday night.

The winner of the Tulsa Union and Lawton matchup will play the winner of the Midwest City and Owasso game Friday. The winner of that game will go to the state title game.

“We are looking forward to the matchup with Bixby,” Long said. “They are going to be a tough outing for us, but we will work hard this week and lay it all on the floor. I am confident in my guys to get it done.”