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Mustang’s Jakolby Long drives into the lane during the double overtime loss to Putnam City. Long scored 20 points in the game to lead the Broncos. (Staff photo by Shelly Holinsworth)
By Derek Brown
Staff Writer

Just when you were about to rule out a comeback for the Broncos they made the plays necessary to send the game into overtime.

Mustang trailed 55-40 going into the fourth quarter against Class 6A’s No. 3 ranked Putnam City last Tuesday night in the Broncos’ home opener. Mustang’s Jakolby Long hit a 3-pointer with around 0:02 remaining to tie the game at 64-64 and send the game into overtime and to cause an eruption of Mustang fans screaming and hollering. After the first overtime period was deadlocked at 71-71. Putnam City’s David Bush hit a shot with 0:08 to play in the second overtime to give Putnam City an 81-80 lead and eventually the win.

“They showed some poise and character to not to give up,” Mustang coach Terry Long said.

Mustang shot the ball with much more precision than in their season opener at Putnam City North when they hit 16 of 80. At home the Broncos went 26 of 69 against Putnam City. The Pirates shot 28 of 69.

“Naturally we played probably 10 times better than we did on our first night out at PC North. I thought our kids played well and of course they shot the ball a lot better,” Long said.

Mustang started the fourth quarter off with back-to-back 3’s coming from Long and Terrell Williams to cut Putnam City’s lead to 55-46. 

With 3:36 to play the Broncos took their first fourth quarter lead after Long got a steal and a score to put Mustang up 58-57. 

Following regulation it looked like Mustang had the game won in the first overtime holding on to a 3-point lead with the ball. Following a missed 3-point attempt Putnam City’s Ronnie Boyce drained a falling back long 3-pointer to send the game into double overtime. 

In the final minute of the second overtime the lead changed three times. Putnam City’s Bush scored with 0:37 to play for a 79-78 lead. Then Mustang’s Shannon Kyle took his first shot of the game and made a two-point bucket for an 80-79 lead with 0:15 to go. The Pirates scored with 0:08 remaining on the clock and Mustang’s Garrett Goble missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer to fall 81-80.

“Overall I’m pleased with the effort but close only counts in horseshoes,” Long said. 

Mustang played three freshmen and two sophomores in much of the fourth quarter and in the two overtime periods and were able to comeback from down 15 points against three seniors, a junior, and a sophomore.

“I never tend to look at class of kids…You look at LeBron James from the beginning of his time in the NBA he’s been special. One thing about it to the credit of those kids is that it didn’t happen overnight. The biggest thing is those guys put in the time,” Long said.

Mustang will look at this game and say that turnovers could have changed this game in many ways. The Broncos turned the ball over 28 times. Putnam City turned the ball over 23 times.

“We made tons and tons of mistakes. At the same time it’s all part of the game,” Long said.

The Broncos had a very balanced scoring attack with four players reaching double figures. Mustang’s Long led the way with 20 points. Aubrey Johnson scored 15 and in the first half made six consecutive shots with three 3-pointers. Williams put in 12 points and Chandler Garrett chipped in 11.

Putnam City’s Boyce scored a game-high 34, Bush put in 19 and Dexter Dean scored 10.

Mustang’s performance lets the players know that they can not only play with anyone in the state but could defeat any team.

“We’ve got a chance to win it now [state championship] because of the talent that we have,” Long said. “We made a lot of mental errors and a lot of things that happened. It wasn’t so much Putnam City did we did it to ourselves…The bottom line is, they know and everybody else knows in the state that Mustang basketball is for real.”

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