IMS ran into a high octane Mediapolis team in Hillcrest Union Tuesday but turned back the Bulldogs for a 77-62 win on Senior Night and finish the conference season alone in second place behind second-ranked Lone Tree. Seniors Justin Boller, Cameron Gingerich, Joel Shetler, and Peyton Thompson along with pep band members Keilah Brokaw and Cody Miller were honored prior to the game.
IMS struck first on a Cameron Gingerich lay-up, but it was Mediapolis that would lead 20-15 after one period on the strength of its transition game and offensive rebounding. Down 24-18, IMS outscored the Bulldogs 12-4 to lead 30-28 mid-way through the second quarter. Mediapolis bounced back to lead 35-32 at the one-minute mark and then IMS was able to tie it at 36 going into the locker room at intermission. IMS outscored Mediapolis 27-14 in a big third quarter to take a 63-50 lead entering the final stanza and the lead held up through the rest of the game.
IMS was paced by Cameron Gingerich with 32 points on 13-18 from the floor and five rebounds, and Peyton Thompson with 21 points including five treys and seven assists. Dallas Nye also reached double figures with 10 points, Reggie Hostetler scored eight, and Justin Boller, Eli Gingerich, and Joel Shetler added two points apiece to complete the scoring. Nye had eight rebounds, four blocks, three assists and three steals. Hostetler had six boards and five assists.
Coach Dwight Gingerich said “we did a much better job the second half of taking away their transition game and I thought Justin Boller set a tone for us defensively with his tremendous play. We stepped in front of passes and our help was more effective. Offensively we did a better job of being patient and were able to mix up the ball movement and penetration to get good looks.”