The Dallas Center-Grimes boys basketball team opened up their season by hosting Southeast Polk on Nov. 29.
The Mustangs immediately started off the season 1-0 with the 68-42 win over the Rams.
The first quarter started off well for the Mustangs with a three pointer made by Trevor Grove. Grove made 4-of-5 of his three-point shots making him the leader in three pointers for the Mustangs on the night.
"I though we came out with great energy and intensity," said Coach Joel Rankin. "We passed the ball well and played active defense, we shot 9-of-20 from the three-point line which is a good percentage. We still need to improve on help-side defense, jumping to the ball and our zone offense can be better as well."
After an offensive foul on the Mustangs, Rams' Grant Arnold came back with a two-point shot. The Mustangs weren't ready to stop and Steve Borneman responded with two field goals and a three pointer putting the score at 10-2.
After two fouls by Trent Pride, Willie Tunks was finally able to get a free throw in, bringing the Rams score up a point.
Once again, Grove went on a score streak with three pointer followed by a two-point shot with which he was fouled on by Cody Merrifield. Grove then made his single free throw and the score read 16-3.
Grove was the overall leading scorer for the Mustangs. He had three field goals, four three pointers and four successful free throws for a total of 22 points.
There was one more foul for the Rams and another two-point shot for Grove to finish the quarter 18-3.
The second quarter started better for the Rams with Arnold making the first field goal of the quarter. Borneman followed up the shot with a two-point shot of his own, but Arnold responded with another field goal when the Rams received the next possession.
Borneman was the second leading scorer of the night. With five field goals, two three pointers and one free throw made. Borneman also had three rebounds on the night as well as three steals.
The Mustangs then went on another scoring streak and the Rams just couldn't keep up, before they knew it the score was 30-9. Christian Henderson was the Ram to stop the streak for a little while with a foul on Tanner Epple.
After another field goal for the Mustangs, Keegan VanKooten responded with a three pointer for the Rams. Epple then fouled Garrett Northway twice allowing him two make two free throws and bring the score to 32-15.
The half ended with a buzzer beater by Mustangs' Tyler Cooney and the score read 35-15.
Once again, the third quarter started well for the Mustangs with a layup by Brody Kleen. It was quickly followed by a foul from Arnold on Borneman who made one of his free throws.
A few possessions later and Kleen had another field goal, but was fouled by Arnold in the process. Kleen went to the line but did not make his one free throw and the score stayed at 40-15.
After another foul and a few more free throws by each team, Jordan Humphreys was finally able to get the ball and score another three pointer for the Mustangs. On the next Mustang possession, Kleen had another two-point shot.
The quarter ended with another foul for the Mustangs and two more fouls for the Rams. The Rams tried stacking up points toward the end of the quarter, but it ended with the Mustangs still in the lead 54-28.
The final quarter started with a foul on Cole Benson which allowed Arnold to go to the line and score a free throw. Trenton Meggers was then fouled after a few more possession and got to go to the line and made both of his free throws bringing the score to 58-31.
The score kept going back and forth until it read 61-34. Then, once again, the Mustangs started scoring continuously with two free throws made by Grove and two field goals made by Meggers. Meggers then stopped the streak when he fouled Arnold who made both of his field goals allowing the score to go up to 67-39.
The end of the quarter was made up of fouls and free throws for both teams. The Mustangs were only able to score one more point and the Rams had four. The game ended with the score reading 68-43.
"Our motto is "better than yesterday," keep improving," Rankin said. "We are looking forward to surprising some people with a young team and we will keep improving because our team buys in, plays really hard and we have solid chemistry. "
The Mustangs will travel to Norwalk on Friday, Dec. 2, the game is set to begin at 7:45 p.m.