Defense was the name of the game for the Dallas Center-Grimes basketball team Friday night as the Mustangs bested conference opponent Newton 55-43.


It was the home opener for the Mustangs and the atmosphere was electric which head coach Joel Rankin was very happy with after the game.


“The crowd was great tonight,” began Rankin. “From the students to the parents, the crowd really energized our team tonight.”


The Mustangs certainly gave the hometown crowd plenty to cheer for early on with a 12-2 lead midway through the initial quarter. That led into a dominating lead of 21-9 nine after the first quarter. A big help offensively in the first quarter came from freshman Cole Glasgow who poured in 11 first quarter points. It was the best first quarter the Mustangs have produced in over a full season on both sides of the ball and senior Tyler Borneman spoke about the fast start after the game.


“We knew if we stuck with the game plan good things would come and I think we stuck to it so well that we had a great start,” began Borneman. We really focused on our defense and that led into a very productive defense tonight.”


That defense held a potent shooting Newton team to their lowest single quarter score in over a year. Newton came into the game having dropped 11 made three point baskets to open up their season against Boone. The Mustangs were extremely stingy on defense, so much so that even the open shots were tough to drop in for the Cardinals.


The great first quarter was matched by the second quarter for the Mustangs and as the first half came to a close, DC-G controlled the game with a sizable 32-18 advantage. Once the third quarter began, at any given time, the Mustangs had at least three players with double digit scoring on the court. Meanwhile, the Mustang defense continued to slow down the Cardinal offense, something that really stuck with coach Rankin after the game.


“We knew their strength was their shooting and our focus was taking that away,” began Rankin. “Our defense didn’t allow many good shots by Newton all game long and our defense won us the game.”


DC-G continued to roll into the rest of the second half with great performance by Borneman, sophomore Luke Rankin, and Glasgow, the freshman who totaled 15 points with two minutes still left in the contest. That 15 point mark led the Mustang roster on the night. The Mustangs went on to win their third straight home opening win and it was a great feeling by the likes of Borneman and the rest of the Mustang squad.


“It was a pretty incredible experience to begin with, it being my first home game as a senior,” began Borneman. “The students were into it, the kids were into it, the parents were into it, it was electric to say the least. It gives us a lot of confidence going forward knowing we can go toe to toe with great teams.”


The win gives the Mustangs an even 1-1 record and will resume game action on Tuesday, December 4th with a road trip to Perry. The Mustangs and the Blue Jays will battle it out on the hardwood with tip off at 7:30 p.m.