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Mustang sophomore Austin Meyer dunks the ball Wednesday evening during a game against Douglass at the Millwood Invitational. (Staff photo by Shelly Holinsworth)
 
By Jeff Harrison
Staff Writer

OKLAHOMA CITY — Winter weather pushed back the final days of the Millwood Invitational. But it was well worth the wait for the Mustang boys.

The Broncos held off a late push by Douglass Wednesday in the semifinals, and then used a rally of their own to edge the OKC Storm Thursday night’s championship.

“We made it a little more difficult than we should have, but when we had to rebound and had to play defense, we did a pretty good job,” Mustang coach Terry Long said.

After trailing for much of the second half, the Broncos tightened their defense and hit clutch shots late in the fourth.

Isaiah Hammons put the Broncos on top 68-67 when he hit one of two free throws with 20 seconds left. The junior later stole the ball near mid-court and was fouled. He sank two more free throws for the 70-67 win in the tournament finals.

“For a guy that hasn’t really played any varsity basketball, it’s nice to see him start to blossom and see him understand that his defense is the reason this game turned around,” Long said.

The Broncos improved to 4-0 on the season. They played Yukon Tuesday night, after press time. They will return to action Dec. 26-28 for the Mid/Del Holiday Tournament.

Hammons led the Broncos with 15 points in the championships game. He was also named to the all-tournament team.

Mustang had four players finish in double figures scoring. Aubry Johnson and DeAngelo Morrow scored 11 points apiece, and Jakolby Long added 10. Austin Meyer finished with 9 points, and DeMarion Love and Terrell Williams each scored eight points.

Chauncey Collins, a TCU commit, led all scorers with 25 points for the Storm. Wyett Dressler finished with 13 and Kole Talbott added 12 for the homeschool team.

Mustang got off to a slow start but still led for much of the first half. Williams provided some early offense, hitting a pair of 3-pointers to give Mustang a 12-10 lead after one quarter of play.

Hammons and Long picked up the pace in the second. Hammons scored six points in the quarter. Long hit a layup to put the Broncos back on top 28-27 at halftime.

That slim lead quickly faded in the second half. Midway through the third quarter, the Storm opened a double digit lead and had the Broncos in foul trouble. Mustang recovered with a 12-4 run and trailed 47-45 heading into the fourth.

The OKC Storm maintained control until the final minutes of the game. Mustang pulled even twice on scores from Williams and Meyers. They finally took the lead on Hammons’ free throw with 20 seconds left.

“I was happy to be in the right spot and do what I’m supposed to do,” Hammons said.

Mustang 101, Douglass 82
The Mustang boys received a scare late in their semifinal game against Douglass. After leading by 21 points at halftime, the Broncos saw Douglass pull within single digits in the second half.

But the Broncos would not be denied.

Austin Meyer scored 10 points in the fourth quarter, helping the Broncos earn the 101-82 win over the Terry Long’s former team.

“They cut it down to nine points and a lot of that was because we relaxed,” Long said. “And I told them that they (Douglass) won’t quit. That’s the mark of a champion. That’s a team that’s won four straight state championships. And you don’t win state championships by quitting.”

Four Mustang players finished in double figures scoring. Isaiah Hammons and DeMarion Love led the way with 20 points apiece. Meyer was next with 18 and Jakolby Long finished with 15 points, all but two which came in the second half.

Douglass’ Antonio Wilson led all scorers with 40 points. He scored 18 points in the fourth quarter and finished the night 13 of 14 at the free throw line. Trey Sanders finished with 13 points for the Trojans.

Mustang led by just three points at the end of the first before pulling away in the second.  Hammons scored 12 points in the period, helping the Broncos to a 56-35 halftime edge.

Long helped carry the scoring load in the third. The sophomore put up 11 points in the period, giving Mustang a 78-52 advantage heading into the fourth.

Wilson put up 18 points in the fourth but couldn’t help the Trojans pull off the upset.

Millwood later beat Douglass in the third place game, 68-63.

Long said that some people questioned his decision to play in the Millwood Invitational, but he believes the experience will help his team down the road.

“We came here because teams like Millwood and Douglass have a lot tradition,” Long said. “They probably have about 20 state championships. And then you throw in a team like the Storm who has a great guard. And if we want to win a state championship, we’ll have to play against good guards.”

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