IMS traveled to Columbus for a conference tilt Friday and secured a 49-30 win over the Wildcats. The IMS defense was solid through the first quarter, limiting Columbus to three points before the Wildcats hit a buzzer beating three to trail 9-6 after one quarter. IMS used an 18-4 second quarter to lead 27-10 at the half. Columbus would not go away and following a 37-22 IMS lead after three quarters, the Wildcats cut the margin to 12 before IMS pulled away for the win.
Cole Yoder led the scoring for IMS with 13 points, and Reggie Borntrager added 11. Cole Ours scored nine points on three treys, and Nick Yutzy and Mitchell Schmieder had eight points apiece. Yutzy had seven assists and Ours and Caleb Gingerich each had two. Ours had six steals and Yutzy had four. Yoder had seven rebounds, and Yutzy and Schmieder had five boards each. Schmieder added seven blocks. IMS shot 61 percent from the floor and 89 percent from the line.
Coach Dwight Gingerich said, “this wasn’t the prettiest game, and we had to grind through some rough spots, but overall, a solid effort. There were not a lot of possessions, which required us to play really hard on defense to make things as difficult as we could for them to counter their patience. Offensively we shot the ball pretty well, but hurt ourselves with turnovers. It’s always good to get the win in these kinds of games.”
The win moves IMS to 9-5 overall, 7-5 in conference play.