High school basketball: Mustang playing to win now

The Mustang boys basketball roster clearly suggests that the Broncos are a team to watch in the future, but they're focused on earning a trip to the state tournament this season.
by Scott Wright Published: February 20, 2013
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photo - Del City's Brett Cannon (22) and Mustang's Geoff Hightower (35) chase a loose ball during a high school basketball game between Del City and Mustang at Del City High School in Del City, Okla., Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012.  Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Del City's Brett Cannon (22) and Mustang's Geoff Hightower (35) chase a loose ball during a high school basketball game between Del City and Mustang at Del City High School in Del City, Okla., Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

— The Mustang boys basketball roster clearly suggests that the Broncos are a team to watch in the future.

But coach Terry Long stressed to his players after practice Wednesday that he isn't interested in waiting that long.

Neither is Garrett Goble. The Broncos' senior point guard knows his last chance at making the state tournament begins Friday night.

Despite the fact that Long will regularly have a lineup of all freshmen and sophomores on the court, the Broncos are playing to win now.

“We're ready,” said Goble, one of the few contributing seniors on a very young team. “We've been working for this all season. We still have work to do, and we're going to work every single minute we can, and when we get there Friday, we're gonna win that game and keep going.”

The game Goble refers to is Mustang's 6:30 p.m. contest against Bixby at Jenks in a first-round elimination game in the Class 6A playoffs. The winner likely gets Jenks Saturday night in the regional final.

The high school basketball world rocked a little when Long left Douglass after winning his third consecutive state title to take the Mustang job last May.

And the season hasn't always been easy, as the Broncos tried to blend some new, young players with an older core that was learning Long's coaching philosophy.

Then the injuries began to hit. Juniors Colton Hadlock and Joey Snodgrass, both starters, were lost for the season. Others missed a game or two at a time. And a stomach virus made its way around the locker room, too.


by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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