The Dallas Center-Grimes Mustangs played the Grinnell Tigers on Tuesday, Jan. 30. The Mustangs defeated the Tigers 61-49 and now hold a 9-8 record this season.

“I know Grinnell has some really good players,” said coach Joel Rankin, “I know their record isn’t the best, but they’re playing their best basketball the last couple games. They played Newton at Newton to a six point game and so we just wanted to play with a lot of energy.”

The game started out close, with the Mustangs leading by just three at the end of the first quarter (13-10).

The points went back and forth in the beginning of the second quarter. Finally the Tigers had scored seven points, allowing them to be down just one point (18-17).

The rest of the half, the Tigers only added another five points to the board. The Mustangs, on the other hand, were able to put up 13 more points.

Steve Borneman and Jordan Humphreys each made two free throws, Tyler Cooney and Justin Protzman each had a field goal and Damon Clapper made two field goals. The first half ended 31-22.

The Tigers were able to outscore the Mustangs 15-11 in the third quarter, allowing them to trail by just five points (42-37).

“I thought [in the] third quarter we kind of came out lethargic and then our pressure gave them some trouble.”

Seven of the Tigers’ 15 points came from free throws after the Mustangs had fouled.

Borneman led the Mustangs in the third quarter with five points. This was his first game back after being injured.

“Steve Borneman, who has been hurt, got to play tonight so I think that gave us a spark.”

Protzman began the fourth quarter for the Mustangs with a field goal. Protzman was the Mustangs’ leading scorer of the night.

The Mustangs scored ten points in the fourth quarter before the Tigers could score. When the Tigers did finally score, there was just three minutes left and the score was 52-39.

Fouls were called back and forth and soon the score was 57-44. A field goal made by Justin Biegger and two successful free throws made by Cooney ended the game for the Mustangs. The Tigers also scored five more points, including a three pointer at the last second.

The game ended with a 61-49 Mustang victory. The Mustangs will be playing Indianola at home on Friday, Feb. 2 at 7:45 p.m.

“It was a good win for us, to get over 500,” Rankin said. “We got a tough one Friday against Indianola… but it was a good game, I thought we played well.”