IMS took to the road Thursday night in less than ideal road conditions and returned home with a hard-fought 52-39 win over the Wapello Indians. IMS got it done with eight players in uniform, as the team was minus senior Cameron Gingerich and junior Zach Hill, both out with illness, as well as injured sophomore Kirby Shetler. Wapello scored first and led 4-0 before Reggie Hostetler got IMS on the scoreboard with a baseline drive. IMS proceeded to outscore Wapello 10-2 to lead 12-6 after one quarter. It was 14-10 IMS with three minutes to play in the half when IMS went on a 9-0 run to lead 23-10 at the half, topped off by a Peyton Thompson buzzer beating trey. IMS outscored Wapello 7-3 early in the second half to lead 30-13 and the margin was still at seventeen at 41-24 as the third period came to a close. Wapello was not done, making one more push to cut it to twelve at 44-32 with four minutes to play when Justin Boller came through with a big three and was fouled. Boller’s four-point play gave IMS the 48-32 lead and IMS kept the Indians at bay the rest of the way to secure the victory.
Peyton Thompson led IMS with 19 points and six assists while Dallas Nye scored 16 points on 6-7 from the floor including a triple and 3-3 from the line. Reggie Hostetler was 4-5 for nine points and Boller and Joel Shetler had four points each to complete the scoring. Boller and Hostetler had seven rebounds apiece to lead IMS and Shetler had five boards. Shetler had a team-high four steals and Hostetler and Thompson each had three.
Coach Dwight Gingerich said “Wapello made things tough for us, as it was a lower possession game. We were fortunate to shoot over 50 percent from the floor and our guys had to play hard to create a tempo more favorable to us. Uncharacteristic turnovers made it a lot harder for ourselves, and that is something we have to work to reverse. As always, it’s great to get a win at Wapello.”
The win raises IMS’ mark to 15-2 in conference play, 17-2 overall. IMS next plays Mediapolis on Senior Night Tuesday.