IMS traveled to Waco Friday, and as is often the case in Wayland, it was a hard-fought affair. IMS led by three at the half before pulling away for the 57-42 win. Both teams struggled to score early, and IMS led 8-7 after one quarter. IMS then got out to a 21-14 lead with one minute remaining in the half, only to see Waco answer with a 6-2 run to close the half with IMS in the lead at 23-20. A 17-10 third quarter gave IMS a 40-30 lead. IMS iced the game with free throws down the stretch for the win.
Cole Ours led the way for IMS with 17 points, seven steals and five assists, and drilled four triples. Eli Ours finished with 13 points with one trey and had five rebounds, and Reggie Borntrager scored 12 points and had seven rebounds. Trevor Leyden had six points, five steals and four assists. Caleb Gingerich finished with three points, all from the line down the stretch, and Mitchell Schmieder, Isaiah Swantz and Jeremy Niemeyer had two points apiece to complete the scoring. Schmieder added three blocks to the cause.
Coach Dwight Gingerich said “we had to work extremely hard to get the game to a pace that worked for us, as Waco played very well. I liked that our guys were able to keep their poise and play well down the stretch in a tough situation.”
IMS goes to 14-2 overall and next plays Tuesday at home against Louisa-Muscatine.