IMS finished conference play with a hard-fought road victory at Mediapolis Tuesday, defeating the Bulldogs 49-43. The win concludes the conference season with a seven-game winning streak going into the SEISC Shoot-out Friday.
Trailing 40-39 with three minutes remaining, Mitchell Schmieder converted on the and-one to give IMS the 42-40 lead. Cole Ours, Schmieder and Nick Yutzy combined for 7-8 from the line in the last 40 seconds, to help seal the win, as the Bulldogs were forced to foul.
Mediapolis drained a contested bank shot from well behind the arc to beat the buzzer and lead 14-10 after one quarter. IMS then outscored the Bulldogs 10-6 in the second quarter, for a tie at 20 at the break .The third quarter ended with Mediapolis back in front 31-29. The Bulldogs scored first in the final frame to lead 31-27, before IMS tied it up at 31. The teams traded hoops until a three gave Mepo the lead at 40-39, setting up the late game drama.
The IMS scoring attack was led by Ours with 14 points, including a pair of threes. Reggie Borntrager scored 10 points with six rebounds. Cole Yoder had six points and six boards, Yutzy and Schmieder recorded five points and five rebounds apiece. Caleb Gingerich and Trevor Leyden each had four points, and Finny Lackender completed the scoring with one free throw. Yutzy, Borntrager and Ours each had three steals. Yutzy, Ours and Gingerich had three assists apiece and Yoder and Schmieder each had two. Schmieder had four blocks and Gingerich had two.
Coach Dwight Gingerich said, “Mediapolis played well and we had no choice but to play with more urgency and determination down the stretch. Both teams executed offensively in the fourth quarter and it came down to getting some key stops late and knocking down free throws. This was a really good win on the road to finish up the conference season.”
The IMS record goes to 11-5, good for third place in the league, 15-5 overall, and will host Danville Friday in a JV/Varsity doubleheader with JV tip off at 6:00 p.m.