IMS traveled to Pekin and returned home with a hard-fought 68-61 victory over the Panthers Tuesday. Nick Yutzy, hampered by foul trouble all night, came through with 14 points in the fourth quarter, including 9-10 from the line. IMS shot 57 percent from the floor and outscored Pekin 23-19 from the line in a game that had 43 fouls.
Pekin led 13-11 after one quarter, and then a 15-9 IMS second quarter gave the visitors the 26-22 half-time lead. Pekin regained the lead at 31-29 and led 37-36 with two minutes left in the third quarter. A 6-1 IMS spurt gave IMS the 42-38 lead heading into the final frame. The Panthers closed to within 50-48 with five to play, before IMS would push it out to a seven-point margin at 59-52 on a Caleb Gingerich trey with just over two minutes to play. IMS hit free throws and held off a valiant Pekin effort down the stretch for the win.
Yutzy paced IMS with 19 points, four assists and four steals. Cole Ours recorded 13 points and eight assists, and was 5-6 from the line. Reggie Borntrager had 11 points and eight rebounds, and Cole Yoder scored eight points. Gingerich and Finny Lackender each finished with five points, Mitchell Schmieder scored four, and Trevor Leyden had a trey for three points. Lackender had two steals, Ours and Schmieder had three rebounds apiece, Borntrager and Leyden each had a pair of steals, and Gingerich had two blocks.
Coach Dwight Gingerich said “it’s always a hard-fought game at Pekin, and this was no exception. We got excellent contributions from each player on the floor to make this a really nice team win.”
The win moves the IMS record to 4-3 in conference play, 6-3 overall. IMS next plays tonight at home against Mediapolis on Alumni Night.
All Alumni and wannabees, tonight is Alumni Night. Come out and support our teams, win prizes and enjoy refreshments after the game!