DC-G basketball bests Boone at home
On a snowy night when other area games were canceled due to weather, fans and players of Dallas Center-Grimes and Boone braved the elements for a non-conference basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 19. The Mustangs fought off the Toreadors for a xx-xx victory.
DC-G got off to an early lead with two quick baskets from senior Anthony Jacobsen. Callen Bertrand provided the opening assist, and a Grant Shivvers field goal made the score 6-0. Following two Bertrand three-pointers, the Mustangs were up 23-10 and appeared to be in control of the game.
However, Boone would not disappear so easily. Junior Toreador, Tanner Schminke, had a strong game. In the second quarter, he sank a three-point shot and followed that up with a steal and an assists to bring Boone within seven points.
At halftime, DC-G held a 33-24 advantage. Jacobsen put up 13 points in the first half, and Bertrand posted eight through two quarters.
DC-G struggled to hold its lead in the third quarter. It became a one possession game at 33-30, and Mustangs coach Joel Rankin called a timeout.
“Defensively, we were letting them go all the way to the basket,” Rankin said. “We weren’t getting back on defense. We didn’t come out in the third quarter really focused.”
Boone continued to put pressure on DC-G, and the teams scored back and forth. At the end of the third quarter, the score was 47-40. The game was far from over.
In the final eight minutes of play, DC-G started to regain control. Trey Washington opened up the fourth quarter with a field goal and shortly after knocked down a free throw to extend the Mustang lead to 10. Ethan Lewis of Boone hit a couple three-pointers, but it was not enough to stop DC-G.
With just over three minutes left in the game, the Mustangs led 59-51, and Boone called a timeout. Down the stretch, DC-G protected and extended its lead. Bertrand made a shot that put the score at 63-51 with 1:34 remaining.
“We always respond pretty well. Tonight we had some guys really step up. Callen Bertrand had his best game of the year,” Rankin said. “This is a really quality win, and we needed it going into Pella on Friday.”
DC-G improved its record to 8-4 and will be facing a tough Pella team on the road Friday. Pella has an impressive 11-1 record. The Mustangs, who have now won five of their last six games, appear ready for the challenge.