Make it three straight wins for the Dallas Center-Grimes boys’ basketball team as came away with a series sweep over Newton Monday night 59-49.
The Mustangs outpaced the Cardinals in three out of the four quarters including the fourth and final quarter where they bested their 14 point fourth quarter scoring average with 19 final frame points against Newton.
The game began with Dallas Center-Grimes taking a 14-13 lead following the first and opening quarter. That then turned into a 27-23 halftime lead before Newton made a slight comeback to trim the DC-G lead to 40-38 heading into the fourth quarter. The Mustangs put up an efficient scoring night as a team going 20-of-43 in two point shooting while connecting on 7-of-19 from three point range.
The versatility of the team really showed through as senior Tyler Borneman and freshman Cole Glasgow both led the team with 17 points each scored on the night. Borneman went five-of-nine from field goal range and two-of-four from three point range. Glasgow sunk five two point shots and went four-of-eight from three point range, the best mark of the night for any Mustang player. Glasgow also chipped in three rebounds, one assist, and one block. Cody Hall came off the bench and provided quite a spark as well. The junior posted 12 points on the night with a near perfect five-of-six mark from field goal range and two-of-four from the free throw line.
The win not only gave DC-G their third straight victory, but also gave them four wins out of the last seven games. The Mustangs are now 6-8 on the season with a mark of 3-5 in conference play, two of which have come against Newton.
With Tuesday’s contest against Oskaloosa rescheduled, the next bout of competitive action for DC-G will be yet another road trip which will take them to Grinnell on Friday, January 25. The last time these two teams faced off was earlier this season back on December 14. That game marked the highest single game score of the season so far for both teams and one in which Grinnell sneaked out of Grimes with a 77-73 win. It was one of now six total games in which three Mustang players scored in double digits, but as they get ready for game two of the season series Friday, the focus will be on more than just scoring.
“Of course we’d like to see another scoring night like last time but one of our biggest areas to focus on is rebounding,” began DC-G head coach Joel Rankin. “Last game against Grinnell both teams allowed a lot of second chance points and one of the best ways to limit a strong offensive team like Grinnell is to eliminate second chance points. If we own the boards that will reduce the amount of quick points they can score.”
The contest against the Tigers of Grinnell will take place from Grinnell High School with tip off set for 7:45 p.m.