The Dallas Center-Grimes basketball team seemed to be on their way to the district championship, leading by 13 points in the final quarter against Bondurant-Farrar on Feb. 27 in Johnston. However, the Mustangs played it safe and had a few key turnovers, which let B-F back into the game. B-F used that momentum to tie the game with one minute remaining before taking the lead and holding on for a stunning 63-59 victory over the Mustangs.
“They (Bondurant-Farrar) made some plays,” DC-G coach Joel Rankin said after the loss. “When you’re up 13, they’re going to keep fighting. We haven’t seen pressure like that. Down the stretch, it seemed like everything went their way.”
Rankin said that when they were up by 13 in the fourth quarter he told his players to take good shots, but they got tentative.
“We had too many turnovers down the stretch and didn’t take care of the ball,” Rankin said. “I give the credit to Bondurant-Farrar. I feel bad for a great group of seniors that we have. They’re hurting right now. Nick Drucker and Andrew Kramer together have had great careers; two conference championships, a trip to state and they just had higher goals for this year. I’m sad for them.”
Kramer led the team in scoring with 14 points in the game. Doug Heritage had 13 points and six rebounds while Austin Rix had a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Drucker was close to a double-double as he had eight points on a 3-of-6 shooting peformance while also having nine assists.
The Mustangs went 12-of-17 from the free-throw line in the game and Rankin said that has been an “achilies heel” for them all season.
“I don’t think we made two in a row tonight, Rankin said. “Foul shooting definitely hurt us. If we hit our foul shots, we win going away.”
The Mustangs finish this season with a 20-3 record, falling just two wins short of 22-3 record which included one game at the state tournament on March 5, 2013 where they lost to Davenport Assumption 55-45.
With the win, Bondurant-Farrar advances to the substate final game while the Mustangs’ season comes to a stunning conclusion.