With the regional tournament schedules set nearly two weeks ago, there is often little on the line in the final two weeks of Class 6A basketball.
Apparently the Edmond Santa Fe and Mustang boys didn’t get the memo.
The No. 4-ranked Wolves (16-6) battled back from a horrid start Friday night to pull out a 47-40 win in the regular season finale at Mustang High School.
Mustang held Santa Fe scoreless for the first six minutes of the game and delivered some blows late in the game. After trailing for most of the fourth quarter, Mason Davis pulled the Broncos even at 38-38 with 3:03 to play.
But the Wolves had plenty of heroes too. Freshman Curran Scott answered with a trey on the next trip down the floor and Shaquille Morris scored off a missed free throw with just over a minute to play. Justin Jones added four points in the final 22 seconds to ice the 47-40 road win.
“I think (Alan Green) outcoached me tonight and did a great job running that zone, but I loved our kids’ response,” Santa Fe coach Shawn Schenk said. “When we got down that bad, our guys weren’t complaining and they stayed together. They kept fighting and climbed their way back in it. I liked that mentality we developed tonight.”
Jones and Morris each scored 13 points to lead all scorers. Kade Jacobs came off the bench to hit a pair of treys, while Aaron Anderson scored six points, all of which came at the free throw line.
Zach Laurie and Davis led the Broncos with 11 points apiece. Colton Hadlock added six points off the bench.
Mustang (9-14) came out hot early in the night. The Broncos scored the first 11 points of the game and frustrated the Wolves with their zone defense. Anderson finally got Santa Fe on the board with 2:10 to go in the first quarter when he knocked down a pair of free throws.
The Broncos led 13-4 at the end of the first quarter, but briefly fell behind in the second. Scott hit a floater with 1:23 in the half, but Mustang climbed back in front 18-17 at halftime.
The Wolves led by a pair at the end of the third and outscored Mustang 19-14 in the fourth.
Santa Fe will host a regional tournament next weekend. The Wolves open against U.S. Grant, with the winner advancing to face Lawton or Moore on Saturday night.