Senior guard Eli Gingerich went for a career-high 35 points and eight assists as IMS pulled away down the stretch in a big win over previously undefeated New London, outlasting the Tigers 78-67 Tuesday in Hillcrest Union. The game was nip and tuck throughout, as IMS got out to a good start, leading 19-13 after one quarter. The Tigers cut it to two at 19-17 three minutes into the second period and then IMS got it to 38-31 before a New London buzzer-beating trey made it 38-34 at the half. The margin was still at four at 56-52 after three quarters and then the Tigers scored five straight to take the 57-56 lead with just over six minutes remaining. The score was tied moments later at 57-57 and again at 60-60 when IMS went to work to lead 68-60 with three minutes left. IMS made free throws down the stretch and, aided by a Tiger technical foul, sealed the victory.
Gingerich was 12-18 from the floor, converting on five triples, and had four rebounds and two steals. Junior guard Nick Yutzy followed with 16 points on 7-10 from the floor, including a pair of threes, and had four assists and a steal. Senior forward Jacob Schmieder had season-highs of seven points and seven rebounds. Junior forwards Cole Yoder and Drake Brezina scored six and five points, respectively. Sophomore guard Cole Ours had four points, sophomore forward Reggie Borntrager had three points, and junior forward Finny Lackender completed the scoring with two points. Freshman guard Caleb Gingerich dished out six assists with one steal. Brezina had four rebounds and two steals, and Borntrager had two rebounds.
Coach Dwight Gingerich said, “I was really pleased with how hard we played. We took it up a notch from our last game, in terms of effort, and the ball movement and flow felt much better. We still have a lot to work on, but the improvement is fun to see. Eli had a tremendous game, Nick played really well, Jacob Schmieder rebounded much tougher and had his best game, Reggie played well in his first start; Cole Yoder , Cole Ours and Caleb Gingerich gave us strong play off the bench, and Drake and Finny played with great effort, as everyone made key contributions. We need to build on this strong effort moving forward.”
IMS goes to 3-0 on the young season and travels to Columbus Friday. New London falls to 3-1.