IMS traveled to Iowa City Regina Saturday for it’s first non-conference match-up of the season and came home with a hard-fought 61-58 win over the Regals. IMS jumped out to an 18-9 lead after one quarter and stretched the margin to 41-26 at the half. IMS then scored the first six points of the third quarter to take a seemingly commanding lead at 47-26 with five minutes to play in the third period. At this point the Regals came alive and IMS would suffer a scoring drought. Regina outscored IMS 12-3 the rest of the period to cut the margin to 50-38 going into the fourth quarter.
The Regals then outscored IMS 8-4 over the first three minutes of the fourth period. With the score at 54-46 for over two minutes, the Regals made their move. he Regals scored two straight buckets to make it 54-50 with two to play. A lay-up by Peyton Thompson and 7-9 shooting from the charity stripe allowed IMS to hold the Regals off down the stretch. Dallas Nye connected on a free throw with 16 seconds remaining to give IMS the 61-58 lead and Regina misfired on the attempt to tie as time ran down. Thompson scored 23 of his game-high 30 points in the first half, including two triples, to lead IMS. Cameron Gingerich scored 14 points, including 12-17 from the line. Dallas Nye had seven points, and Reggie Hostetler scored six. Justin Boller and Joel Shetler each scored two points to complete the scoring. Thompson also had four assists and two steals and Gingerich had a team-high eight rebounds. Nye had seven rebounds and three assists and Hostetler pulled down six boards to go with three assists and three steals.
Coach Dwight Gingerich said “we did a lot of good things the first 19 minutes of the game and then we obviously hit a tough stretch, where we had a tough time making shots and before you knew it they had chipped away and it was down to 12. We missed several point blank lay-ups and when that happens it’s easy to get down and things can go awry pretty quickly. I thought that affected us at the other end as we failed to offer resistance at the defensive end and allowed them to score far too quickly on several possessions. Nevertheless, I thought we hung tough, made a lot of big free throws down the stretch, and credit Regina, they didn’t quit and made big plays. This was a good win over a team that’s been playing well.”
IMS goes to 15-2 on the season and next plays at home against Washington on Tuesday.