Boys defeat Mediapolis Friday

Caleb Gingerich
Caleb Gingerich

IMS hosted Mediapolis before a packed Alumni Night crowd in Hillcrest Union on Friday, and defeated the Bulldogs 64-42 in the team’s first action at home since the break. In the last game of the first round of conference play, IMS jumped to an 18-9 first quarter lead, sparked by three consecutive treys from sophomore guard Trevor Leyden. The visitors came alive in the second period and fought back to trail 27-23 at the half. The third quarter belonged to IMS, and this time it was sophomore guard Caleb Gingerich who ignited with three triples in the frame, and IMS took a 49-33 lead into the fourth quarter. A few minutes later a 13-0 IMS run put the game out of reach, giving IMS it’s fifth straight win.

Leyden, Gingerich and senior guard Nick Yutzy scored 11 points apiece to lead a balanced scoring attack. Junior forward Mitchell Schmieder was right behind in double figures with 10 points on 4-4 from the floor. Junior guard Cole Ours tallied seven points, junior forward Reggie Borntrager scored six, and senior forward Finny Lackender and senior center Cole Yoder each added four points to complete the scoring. Yutzy recorded six assists, five steals, three rebounds and two blocks, and Borntrager had a team-high six rebounds and two steals. Gingerich had five assists and two blocks, Schmieder had three assists, Ours had two assists and two steals, and Yoder had two assists.

Coach Dwight Gingerich said, “It was good to see us bounce back the second half after a rough second quarter. Our ball movement was solid and we found open shooters, and defensively we were active. This was another good team win in that we got strong play from everyone on the floor. It was great to get the scoring balance we had, which makes it really tough for teams to key on one or two people.”

IMS is now 7-3 overall, 5-3 in conference play, and plays next tonight against fifth-ranked Lone Tree at home.