After an 0-2 start with losses to No. 2 Putnam City and No. 7 Putnam City North, the Mustang boys turned the season around quickly.
The Broncos have won five straight games, including a championship at the Harrah Tournament and Friday's win over No. 9 Edmond North.
New coach Terry Long is utilizing a bevy of young talent, with the freshmen and two sophomores seeing time in the starting lineup.
“The coaching transition was pretty easy, because Coach Long teaches a lot of the same stuff (as former coach Alan Green), he just teaches it in a different style,” said senior guard Garrett Goble, one of the few returning experienced players.
“We only have three seniors, and we have a lot of new faces this year. There's a lot of people taking interest in the team. People want to come see us play, and I like that.”
The Broncos are off until opening play at the Mid-Del Holiday Tournament Dec. 27.
BETHANY LOOKING TO RUN MORE
As the Bethany Bronchos try to replace a large group of talented seniors from last season, coach Phil Brown will try to utilize the athletic ability of this year's roster.
That starts with a couple of tall, athletic players in 6-foot-7 Josh Lout and 6-foot-4 Tanner Stiles.
“Last year there was a lot of posting up inside, but there's really none of that this year,” Lout said. “We're just run-and-gun. We barely have any plays, we just get up and down.
“I like it, because I'm 6-7, so I'm not going to college to be a center.”
The Bronchos had one of the most successful regular seasons in school history last year but were knocked out of the playoffs early. This year's team is off to a 4-0 start already, with a mostly new starting lineup.
“This group, we've been playing together since we were little,” Stiles said. “We've always worked as a team. We're the most unselfish guys, always looking to pass. I really like our chemistry.”
AGRA, DAVENPORT RAISE MONEY FOR MELSON
Agra and Davenport teamed to raise $5,400 to aid Davenport third-grader Griffen Melson and raise awareness for the kidney disease he suffers from on Friday, Agra Principal and Athletic Director Joe McElroy said.
Melson was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease in 2010 and will be treated at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
The schools held a blackout at their basketball doubleheader, along with a silent auction during the girls game and live auction at halftime of the boys game.