On Nov. 27, the Dallas Center-Grimes Mustangs tipped off their season with a game against the Carlisle Wildcats. The Mustangs took the 59-50 win over the Wildcats to start their season 1-0.
The game started out with a foul called against Mustang Damon Clapper which allowed the Wildcats to gain the ball.
With their possession, Wildcat Collin Lister was able to score a three pointer. The game went back and forth a bit, before Steve Borneman was able to put two points on the board for the Mustangs. Just under six minutes left in the first quarter and the score was 3-2.
The Mustangs tied the game up at 5-5 when Jordan Humphreys was fouled and scored a free throw. Clapper then put the Mustangs ahead with a three pointer, the score read 8-6.
After a few more plays and shots, there was 41 seconds left in the quarter. Steve Borneman was able to score another field goal that put the Mustangs up one point (12-11) and end the quarter.
The second quarter was rough for the Mustangs. After being tied at 14-14, a three pointer from Ben Rowray officially put the Wildcats in the lead (17-14) with 6:10 still left.
The gap widened to five points when Tyler Borneman fouled Lister who made both of his free throws. Lister scored another two points before a foul called against Cole Henderson allowed Clapper to score a free throw for the Mustangs. The score was now 21-15.
The score went back and forth, one field goal after another, until the Mustangs were down 18-28. Mustang Justin Protzman tried closing the gap a bit with a field goal, but after foul and free throw the Wildcats were able to lead by nine.
The half ended with a free throw scored by Tyler Borneman, but the Mustangs still trailed 29-21.
The Mustangs came back strong in the second half. The third quarter immediately began with a field goal shot by Clapper.
Unfortunately, though, the Wildcats continued their lead with a field goal and successful free throw. The Wildcats now led by ten points (32-23).
The Mustangs then picked up the paced and scored eight points before the Wildcats could score. Kade Rosa was the Mustang to score the fourth field goal which put the Mustangs down just one point.
The Wildcats tried to get a lead again, but only scored another three points. Steve Borneman then scored two points and the score was 35-33, Wildcats.
With 3:21 left in the third quarter, Wildcat Max Goodhue fouled Clapper giving him two free throws. Clapper made just one of his shots, but the Mustangs were now down just one point.
Steve Borneman had the last points of the quarter. With 1:40 left, he put up a shot for the Mustangs, which allowed them to lead the game at 36-35.
The Wildcats started the fourth quarter with two travels allowing the Mustangs to get the possession, but it still took a minute and a half for the Mustangs to put points on the board.
Protzman was the Mustang to score the field goal. His shot allowed the Mustangs to lead by three points, but not for long. Not even 30 seconds later, Henderson tied the game with a three pointer for the Wildcats.
A couple minutes later and the Mustangs were in the lead. Protzman made another field goal, Clapper scored a three pointer and Steve Borneman made two free throws after being fouled. The Mustangs were able to hold the Wildcats to zero points and get a 45-38 lead.
The Mustangs continued their lead, only allowing the Wildcats four points up until there was just 1:43 left in the game.
The Mustangs kept scoring, and soon they led by ten points (53-43). The Mustangs even widened the gap to 11 points at one point, until Wildcat Tommy Donovan scored a three pointer to lessen it to eight (58-50).
Mustang Tyler Cooney ended the game, though. After being fouled, he made a free throw, and put the final score at 59-50.
The Mustangs have begun the season with 1-0 record and are playing Southeast Polk tonight (Nov. 28) at 7:45 p.m.