The No. 9 Mustang Broncos earned two top-20 wins last weekend at the 2023 Shawnee Invitational and also played tough against the state’s top-ranked team.
The Broncos (10-6) opened the tournament with a 57-54 win over No. 15 Jenks before defeating No. 18 Union 52-43 in the semifinals.
Scott Hodges’ team fell to No. 1 Broken Arrow 66-55 in the finals but showed why they deserve to be ranked in the top-10 with yet another strong showing against a state title contender.
Seniors Jacobe Johnson and Keegan Bass were also recognized for their strong play. Each were named to the Shawnee Invitational All-Tournament Team.
MUSTANG 57, JENKS 54
The Broncos shot nearly 50-percent from the floor while Johnson and Roman Miller (So.) scored in double digits to help spur a close win over the Trojans.
Johnson finished with a team-high 24 points on 8-for-17 shooting. He went 4-for-8 from three-point range and grabbed four rebounds with two assists.
Miller scored 11 points on 4-for-8 shooting overall. He also grabbed three rebounds while dishing out one assist and also helped lead the team on the defensive end with three blocks.
Bass was also a spark for Mustang, scoring nine points on 3-for-4 shooting from three-point range. He also led the team with four assists while grabbing two rebounds.
Keegan Bass (Sr.) attempts a free throw during a game earlier this season at home. Bass was named to the 2023 Shawnee Invitational All-Tournament Team after helping lead the No. 9 Broncos to the tournament finals last weekend. (Photo by Shelly Holinsworth / Freelance Action Photography)
The Broncos grabbed 18 rebounds total and turned the ball over just 11 times in the win. Cole Clipson (Jr.) led the team with five boards, including two on the offensive end. Clipson also scored four points and blocked on shot on the defensive end.
Bryson Sharp (Sr.) scored seven points while going 3-for-4 from the floor. He also finished with two steals, one assist, and one rebound. Chance Rodgers (So.) chipped in two points.
MUSTANG 52, UNION 43
Mustang earned their second win of the tournament to advance to the finals, knocking off the Redhawks 52-43 last Friday.
Johnson was dominant again offensively, scoring a game-high 26 points on 10-for-18 shooting. He went 5-for-10 from three-point range and grabbed four rebounds with two assists. The Oklahoma football-commit was a menace defensively as well, finishing with five steals
Rodgers and Miller combined for 15 points along the way. Rodgers scored nine, including two made three-pointers, while Miller scored six. Miller had a nice game all around, grabbing four boards with two assists and two steals on the defensive end.
Bass, Clipson, and LeBryan Hayes (Jr.) each chipped in three points. Clipson pulled down four rebounds while Bass grabbed two. Bass also finished with two assists and two steals.
Sharp chipped in two points while also grabbing three rebounds and dishing out one assist.
The win marked the third straight on the week, including wins over Stillwater and Jenks.
BROKEN ARROW 66, MUSTANG 55
Miller and Johnson combined for 31 points in the tournament finals, but it wasn’t enough against the top-ranked Tigers.
Miller scored 16 points Johnson poured in 15 to help lead the Broncos offensively. Both players grabbed four rebounds while combining for four assists. The duo led the team on the defensive end as well – Miller finishing with four blocks while Johnson finished with five steals.
Turnovers seemed to plague the Broncos as they finished with 17 – a high for the tournament. They also committed 18 fouls and missed 14 three-point attempts.
Clipson had another positive performance with eight points and five boards. Bass was solid all around once again, finishing with two points, four assists, two rebounds, and one steal.
Rodgers was also solid, scoring six points on 2-for-4 shooting from beyond the arc. He also pulled down three rebounds and dished out one assist.
Sharp and Hayes each scored three points and combined for five rebounds and three assists. Thai Bond (Sr.) scored two points and grabbed two rebounds.
The Broncos improved to 10-6 after the tournament and are now ranked inside the top-10 for the first time this season. They host No. 10 Moore tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Event Center.