Mustang and Moore were the two Oklahoma City-area teams sent to the east bracket for the playoffs — a blessing for both in a year when the west is loaded with state tournament-caliber teams.
“We play in probably the best conference in the state,” Long said. “So either you stay over here and fight with all those guys again, or you go somewhere else and play some other teams.
“We've dealt with some injuries, and guys have stepped in. We've got some older guys with high character who are willing to do what it takes.”
At 14-8 on the season and ranked 13th in Class 6A, the Broncos know they've got some work to do to steal a state tournament berth away from the eastside's top teams.
But to a man, the Mustang players know what they'll have to do to stay alive Friday night and beyond — especially against a strong shooting Bixby team.
“Defense,” said Jakolby Long, a 6-foot-4 freshman guard and Terry Long's son. “We've got to play defense, get back in transition and rebound, and we'll be fine.
“We're ready. We're right where we need to be.”