Broncos cruise to a perfect 28-0, win first ever state title
Cameron Mellor (@CamMellor)
April 27, 2015
The Broncos from Mustang High School left no doubt as to who the best team in Oklahoma’s Class 6A was during the 2014-15 season.
Mustang outscored their opponents by a combined margin of 1994-1334 over the course of 28 games that ultimately led to the Oklahoma Class 6A State Championship.
While the State Championship victory over Edmond Santa Fe (93-54) may have seemed old hat to some long-time Mustang High School basketball fans, it still marked the Broncos first ever state title in boys basketball. The girls basketball team on the other hand, has captured five State Titles ranging from 1980 all the way to as recent as 2006.
The Mustang Boys Basketball team’s championship victory came after a long season of close victories and blow out wins across the state and even into Texas.
The Broncos hosted Texas power DeSoto in their first game of the season, narrowly defeating the Fighting Eagles by a 62-60 score. Jakolby Long paced Mustang in their season debut, scoring 16 points, hitting two three-pointers and pulling down six rebounds.
Their second game of the season continued a familiar feel as the Broncos hosted another Texas team – this time Kimball came to town. Also much like their first game, Mustang found themselves trailing at halftime against Knights, 49-45.
However, unlike their opener against DeSoto – the Broncos held Kimball to just 17 second half points pulling away late en route to an 88-66 victory. Aubrey Johnson carried Mustang against the Knights, scoring 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting including 6-of-8 from behind the arc.
After their opening victories over two of Texas’ top teams, Mustang rolled through their next opponent, defeating Deer Creek, 91-54 to set up an eventual championship game preview against Edmond Santa Fe.
In the first of their two meetings, the Broncos utilized a strong final three quarters, outscoring the Wolves by 16 points after the first quarter. Long scored a season-high 25 points during the 83-74 victory for Mustang as the Broncos out rebounded Santa Fe by a 43-33 margin, including 25 offensive rebounds that led to 28 second chance points for Mustang.
After narrowly defeating Norman North (72-63) and holding off Edmond Memorial (72-64), the Broncos got back to their crushing defeats, handing Texas’ HSAA South a 101-49 defeat and HCYA a 135-70 loss.
After holding off Eisenhower in their next matchup (77-72), Mustang cruised from there on. The Broncos ended their regular season on a tear, finishing with a 21-0 record before heading into the Oklahoma State Championships.
Continuing their impressive play – Mustang eased through their first six opponents of the post season, including a 101-68 victory over Norman North and a 107-51 triumph over Grant. After defeating Edmond Memorial once again, this time by a score of 60-50, the State Championship game and rematch of their early season matchup was set.
Edmond Santa Fe would be the only team in the way of a perfect 28-0 season for the Broncos and the state title.
The Wolves once again proved to be no match against Mustang, this time falling 93-54, giving the Broncos the school’s first State Championship in boys basketball.
During the 2014-15 season, Mustang saw many successes en route to their title, including outscoring their opponents in every quarter, most notably by a 462-371 margin in the first quarter. The Broncos shot nearly 50 % from the field while limiting their opponents to well under 40 %.
Mustang outrebounded their opponents during their championship run by nearly 300 rebounds. The Broncos doubled their opponent’s offensive rebounds at 360-180 and managed to force over 500 turnovers.
Finishing with a 28-0 record and the team’s first ever State Championship, combining with the fact that their two top scorers and top rebounder will be back in 2015-16, hopes heading into next season for the Broncos should be at an all-time high.
It will remain to be seen how they will fare as defending champions – but surely, that’s a challenge they will enjoy relishing in all the way until March 2016.