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Geoffery Hightower puts up a shot against Rogers Heritage (Ark.)at the Mid-Del Holiday Invitational. (Staff photo by Shelly Holinsworth)
 
By Jeff Harrison
Staff Writer

The Mustang boys had their chances Saturday night, but couldn’t knock off No. 2-ranked Midwest City.

Torey Noel and Kesean Brown each scored 19 points to lead the Bombers past the No. 4 Broncos in the finals of the Mid-Del Holiday Invitational, 63-60.

“We just didn’t play well and didn’t make plays when we needed to,” Mustang coach Terry Long said. “We can’t get away with that when we play teams with less talent. But those things show up against good teams.”

Mustang kept things close all night but couldn’t close the gap in the fourth. They missed several baskets late and shot less than 50 percent from the foul line (12-of-25).

Midwest City led by six points late in the game. Terrell Williams hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to make it a 63-60 final.

The loss was the first of the season for the Broncos who move to 7-1. Midwest City improves to 7-0.
Williams led all scorers with 29 points. Isaiah Hammons finished with 17 points and six rebounds in the loss.
Mustang opened the game with an 11-6 run and led 13-10 at the end of the first quarter. They tallied just seven in the second and trailed 24-20 at halftime.

“We had a chance to take control early in the game but we started missing layups and not controlling possessions,” Long said. “We need to do a better job taking advantage of opportunities.”

Midwest City grew its lead to 41-36 at the end of the third. The Bombers used a 22-point fourth quarter to ice the 63-60 win.

After the championship game, Williams and Geoff Hightower were named to the all-tournament team.
Noel was named the tournament MVP.

The Broncos advanced to the tournament finals with wins over Rogers Heritage (Ark.) and Del City. It was their second trip to tournament championship this year. They won the Millwood Invitational last month.

Mustang 66, Heritage 61
After getting off to a fast start Thursday evening, the Broncos needed a strong finish to hold off Heritage in the first round of the tournament. Heritage hit several shots late in the game but couldn’t take the lead as Mustang won 66-61.

“We jumped out early and then just got away from the thing we were doing,” Long said. “They (Heritage) started making some shots and gained confidence. They had a chance at the end but missed some shots.”

Austin Meyer and Hightower each finished with a double-double for the Broncos. Meyer had 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Hightower added 13 points and 11 rebounds. Jakolby Long chipped in 10 points and nine rebounds.

Mustang led 18-10 at the end of the first quarter and took a double digit lead at halftime.

Heritage narrowed the gap to seven points in the third quarter, as they trailed 54-47. The Arkansas squad continued to fight in the fourth but lost 66-61.

The Broncos were 10-of-13 at the free throw line.

Mustang 65, Del City 52
Long knew his team would need to pick up the pace Friday night against Del City. And the Broncos responded with a 65-52 win over the Eagles on their home floor.

“Del City is extremely quick and athletic and we defended them very well,” Long said. “We played as a unit and when you do that, good things happen.”

Hightower paced the Broncos with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Williams was also in double figures with 19 points and 6 assists. Long added nine points and 11 rebounds.

The Broncos again got off to a strong start. They went up by six points in the first, and took a 32-24 lead at halftime.

Mustang’s lead grew to double digits in the second half. At the end of the third quarter, they led 49-39. The Broncos then outscored Del City 16-13 in the final eight minutes.

Brett Cannon led Del City with 21 points.

The Broncos were13-of-26 at the free throw line.

Mustang returns to action Tuesday, Jan. 7 when they host Putnam City.

“We have some days to get better and get ready for Putnam City,” Long said.




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