The Mustangs started the game on a 20-0 run before the Eagles made their first basket of the game as the Dallas Center-Grimes boys’ basketball team beat Saydel 61-23 in Grimes on Monday. The win came just after Bondurant-Farrar defeated Carlisle in dramatic fashion by a score of 56-54, clinching their place in the district finals.
“We really prepared defensively,” DC-G coach Joel Rankin said after the game. “They came in with a great game plan and we adjusted our game plan a little bit.”
Throughout the game the Eagles slowed down the tempo, sometimes keeping possession for almost 90 seconds before taking the shot, while the Mustangs took much quicker shots throughout the game.
“They tried to limit possessions and kind of slow the tempo down, and we needed to change our defense so that we kind of sped them up a little bit,” Rankin said. “We can be pretty good at that at times, so that really helped us.”
DC-G’s Andrew Kramer scored the first six points of the game as the Mustangs stormed out to a quick 6-0 lead over the Eagles. The Mustangs had a big lead at the end of the first quarter, leading by a score of 23-2 when the buzzer sounded.
The Mustangs were held to single-digit scoring in the second and third quarters. The Mustangs and Eagles scored eight points apiece in the second quarter and the Mustangs outscored the Eagles 9-6 in the third quarter and had a 40-16 lead going into the fourth quarter.
The Mustangs exploded once again in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Eagles 21-8 to come to the 61-23 conclusion.
Kramer finished the game with 15 points. Nick Drucker scored eight points and had four steals in the big win. Austin Rix had nine points for the Mustangs.
With the win, the Mustangs will play Bondurant-Farrar in the district finals on Thursday in Johnston. The game will start at 7 p.m. The winner of this game will play in the substate game against either Chariton, who beat Oskaloosa 77-59 on Monday, or Knoxville, who beat Centerville 82-74 on Monday.