Strong fourth period propels Mustang against Moore
By Kyle Salomon,
CHOCTAW – Mustang outscored Moore 20-9 in the fourth period in the 61-49 victory over the Lions to lock up a spot in the state tournament in Tulsa this weekend.
The Broncos and the Lions were a neck-and-neck battle through three periods as Mustang led 41-40 going into the fourth.
Senior guard Demarion Love and junior guard Terrell Williams forced Moore turnovers on the first three possessions of the final frame to take control of the game and never look back.
“I thought we were playing like we were nervous for most of the game,” Mustang head coach Terry Long said. “We stepped it up in the fourth quarter behind Demarion. He made some big plays when we needed to have them.”
Williams finished the game with 18 points. Sophomore forward Austin Meyer had 16 points and sophomore guard Jakolby Long had 13 in the game. Long was also the team’s leading rebounder with 11.
Mustang controlled the first half of the game against Moore, but only led by four points at the break at 28-24. The Broncos were unable to pull away from the Lions due to Moore’s ability to knock down long-range shots every time MHS had them on the edge.
The third period made life even more stressful for the Mustang faithful as the Lions took the lead and stretched it out to three points before the Broncos woke up late in the frame to grab the lead back heading into the fourth.
The Broncos had a strong final period on both ends of the floor and sealed the 12-point victory.
Mustang finished the game with 34 total rebounds and made 15 out of 21 free throws. MHS forced Moore into 15 turnovers and committed 12 turnovers themselves.
“The bottom line is we were able to get the win and move on to the state tournament,” Long said. “Hopefully, we can relax now and play better basketball. We showed spurts of that last weekend, but we need to be more consistent.”