IMS scored a big 49-33 victory on Senior Night over Pekin Friday in Hillcrest Union, in the team’s last home conference game of the season. Seniors Drake Brezina, Adrian Gonzales, Finny Lackender, Cole Yoder and Nick Yutzy, were honored, along with their parents, before the game.
IMS and Pekin played an even first quarter, with the Panthers leading 13-12 after eight minutes of action. The second quarter proved to be just as even, but this time it was IMS that led going into the halftime break, as Nick Yutzy drained a contested three to beat the buzzer and give IMS the 22-19 lead.
The game was still tight at 28-25 IMS, with just over two minutes to play in the third quarter when Finny Lackender scored twice off of Mitchell Schmieder feeds. IMS led 34-26 after three periods. Pekin scored first in the fourth quarter and trailed just 34-29 with six minutes to play. IMS broke loose for a 15-2 run over the next three minutes to lead 44-31, fueled by a pair of Cole Ours threes and two Yutzy lay-ins.
Yutzy recorded 14 points, six rebounds, four steals, and three assists to lead the way for IMS. Ours finished with 11 points and three assists, and Cole Yoder had eight points and three rebounds. Lackender pulled down five rebounds to go with six points, and Reggie Borntrager chipped in with four points. Caleb Gingerich scored three points to go with a team-high five assists, and Schmieder scored three points with two assists.
Coach Dwight Gingerich said, “I was happy to see us put it together in the third quarter and then again in the fourth period. This was a different game, as we had some strange injuries and untimely fouls to complicate things. Isaiah Swantz gave us a strong couple minutes in his first varsity action, and we really needed that at the time, as Cole Yoder was in serious foul trouble and Mitchell was out with the trainer. A win over Pekin is always hard to come by, so this was a great effort by our guys to push through and make plays down the stretch.”
The win takes IMS to 10-5 in conference play, 14-5 overall. IMS next plays at Mediapolis Tuesday before returning home Friday for the SuperConference Shoot-out against a team to be determined.