With time dwindling down in overtime on the road, the Pella Christian Eagles seemed to have matters well in control.

In overtime the game was knotted at 48 all with 17 seconds left in Grimes and the Eagles had the ball.

Setting up the final play during the timeout was veteran PC Coach Larry Hessing.

Then, the unthinkable happened. In the blink of an eye, DC-G super sophomore Cole Glasgow took matters into his own hands.

The sophomore, made a steal near mid court with around three seconds left. He dribbled to the basket and laid in what proved to be the winning shot with less than a second left to give the Dallas Center-Grimes Mustangs a stunning 50-48 win.

For PC, it proved to be another heart-breaking loss in a conference that is filled with talented teams.

The win lifted Coach Joel Rankin’s squad to 13-5 overall and to 7-5 in the Little Hawkeye.

PC slipped to 9-9 overall and to 4-8 in the LHC.

In the span of eight days the Eagles have lost four straight in league playing after beating No. 1 ranked Norwalk on the road 71-68.

All four losses have been to league teams and all have been by eight points or less. three of the defeats have been by a field goal or less.

Glasgow had 15 points to lead the Mustangs in scoring followed by Coach Rankin’s son, Luke Rankin with 13 points.

Ten of Rankin’s points came in the opening half as the Mustangs led 21-20 at intermission.

PC actually got off to a fast start leading 14-9 at the end of the first quarter. Keean Cadwell had six points in the quarter.

Josh Van Gorp was the Eagle leader offensively with 16 points, hitting 8-of-9 field goal attempts.

Jack Vermeer and Cadwell each finished with 11 points overall followed by Dan Jungling with five and Bryant Agre with three.

Once the game hit overtime tied at 40 all, the Mustangs grabbed a quick five point lead at 45-40.

Shooting PC back into a 46-45 lead were Vermeer and Jungling with back-to-back threes.

DC-G had the ball bouncing right as a 3-point shot bounced high off the rim and back through the net with 26 seconds left for a 48 all tie.

That set up the dramatic end for the home town Mustangs.

Odds and Ends

PC hit 7-of-22 3-point shots, three by Cadwell and two by Vermeer.

Van Gorp was the board leader for PC with eight and Ryan Vande Haar had six assists.

PC hits the road to face the Oskaloosa Indians Thursday, Feb. 13 to end league play in a girl-boy doubleheader.

Perry Bell can be reached at sports@journalexpress.net or by calling the Knoxville newsroom at 641-842-2155.

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