Tuesday, Jan 17 was the Adel-DeSoto-Minburn Tigers and Dallas Center Grimes Mustangs yearly rivalry game. The Tigers hosted the game and won 78-65, bring their record up to 7-5 and giving the Mustangs their third loss. This was the Tigers first time beating the Mustangs in the last five years.
At tipoff, the Mustangs started with the ball. They also gained the first two points after the Tigers had the first foul. The Mustang that made the field goal was junior Steve Borneman.
The Tigers returned with two points of their own thanks to Cole Knoll. The next four points went to the Mustangs. The first two points was from Trevor Grove from field goal, the next points were from Trent Pride from free throws. The foul was called against Tiger Tajen Ross that gave the free throws away. The score was now 6-2.
The Tigers tied it up when Payton Conrad made a field goal as did Knoll on the next possession. The Tigers didn't have the lead for long when Grove scored another two points.
The lead went back to the Tigers when Matthew Larson drained a three pointer for the Tigers and put them in the lead by one (9-8).
Toward the end of the quarter, Mustang Tanner Epple scored a field goal just to have a three pointer made by Sam McCartney on the other end of the court. The Tigers still led 18-13.
The clock kept going, but neither team seemed to add up too many points. The quarter ended 21-17.
The second quarter began with a shot-foul combination. Conrad put two more points on the board for the Tigers when he was fouled by Grove. Conrad was then able to shoot one free throw in which he made.
With a few more field goals for both teams, and a three pointer by Ross, the scoreboard soon read 33-28.
Ross ended the half with a three pointer for the Tigers, the score was now 40-31 with the Tigers ahead.
Ross started the third quarter as well. He made another three pointer that got the ball rolling. Ross was the Tigers leading scorer of the game, once again.
"I felt A-D-M came out with great energy," said DC-G coach Joel Rankin. "Playing at home, they hit shots early and gained confidence. Offensively we played well enough to win shooting 60 percent from field but we pride our program on defense and giving up 78 is too many. Part of that is they were hot, Ross really shot the ball well as did their whole team."
Ross' basket was followed by a defensive foul called on the Tigers. Larson had a foul called against him that allowed Borneman to make two free throws.
Conrad responded to the free throws when the Tigers had the ball with another field goal.
Further into the quarter and after the Tigers racked up more points, the score read 48-33.
The Mustangs were able to add more points to their side of the scoreboard within the next few possessions. Epple scored a basket for the Mustangs that put them within ten points of the Tigers (50-40).
The Tigers widened the gap when Ross scored another three pointer. The Mustangs tried to keep up with two field goals from Damon Clapper and one by Jordan Humphreys.
The gap was only at seven points even after Humphreys' foul. He fouled Tiger Zachary Ferguson, who made both of his free throws. The quarter ended with the seven point spread at 55-48.
The Tigers gained the first six points of the final quarter. The first three pointer was from Ross, the second was made by Knoll.
"All of the guys contributed strongly to this victory, which is exciting," said Tiger's coach Aaron Mager. "Also, we are becoming more balanced, with our post men increasing their scoring output. Guys like Cole Knoll, Carter Nordman, Sam McCartney and Alec Gavin have really stepped up in recent weeks. And the guards have done a great job of creating opportunities for them."
Humphreys came back for the Mustangs with a field goal and then a foul that allowed Carter Nordman a free throw. The Tigers were still leading 62-50.
Shots kept being thrown up on either side of the court, but it seemed at though the Tigers were making the majority. First it was two three pointers made by Ross then it was a free throw from and field goal made by Grove. Soon enough the score was 68-56.
Grove was the Mustangs leading scorer of the night with 18 points. Grove's points were made up of four field goals, two three pointers and four free throws.
The Mustangs closed the gap to ten points after Clapper made a basket. This didn't last long as Humphreys had a foul called on him that gave Conrad two free throws. The gap widened further when Nordman scored another basket.
"Damon Clapper got his first action of the year and I felt he played with great energy. He really has a motor," said Rankin "Also, Trevor Grove scored 18 points while not feeling the best, he is really having a super year."
The Mustangs made their next two points from Grove's free throws after he was fouled by Larson. The scoreboard now read 72-60.
Two more field goals and two more free throws and the game was over for the Tigers. The Mustangs managed to gain five more points from a three pointer and field goal. The game ended with the Tigers winning 78-65.
"A-D-M definitely outplayed us and they deserved to win," Rankin said. "We have done well against A-D-M the past five years and they were hungry. We have no easy games this year in central Iowa and in our conference. You have to bring your A game every night."
"It was very exciting to beat DC-G and a team from the Little Hawkeye Conference," said Mager. "To date, the Little Hawkeye Conference has gone 13-5 against our conference [Raccoon River Conference]. Most of those schools have a higher enrollment and more athletes, so that makes this win encouraging."
The Tigers next game will be on Friday, Jan. 20 at Ballard at 7:30 p.m.
The Mustangs will have a home game on Friday at 7:00 p.m. against Norwalk.