IMS took to the road Saturday for the second night in a row, this time to Eldon, for a non-conference match-up with Cardinal. IMS defeated the Comets 58-28 on the strength of stingy defense and unselfish play. IMS jumped out to a 15-9 lead after one quarter and extended the margin to 27-16 at the half. IMS used a 17-0 run in the third period to lead 44-16, with two minutes to play in the frame. Cardinal would cut it to 48-28 before IMS pulled away for good.
Cole Ours led the balanced IMS attack with 13 points, including three treys, and also had six assists and three steals. Nick Yutzy recorded 10 points, five assists and three steals. Mitchell Schmieder and Caleb Gingerich tallied eight points apiece, Cole Yoder had six points and Reggie Borntrager had five points. Trevor Leyden, Finny Lackender, Jeremy Niemeyer and Blake Bontrager each scored two points to complete the scoring. Schmieder and Yoder had six rebounds apiece, and Gingerich and Leyden each had a pair of assists. Schmieder picked up two blocks.
Coach Dwight Gingerich said, “for the second night in a row, we had to work very hard defensively against a patient team. We were able to control the boards which helped us pull away. Offensively, I liked the way the ball moved, and it was good to see us convert turnovers into points.”
IMS goes to 10-5 on the season, and next plays tonight at home against Winfield-Mt. Union.