IMS returned to the friendly confines of Hillcrest Union Friday after four games on the road, and defeated the Columbus Wildcats 51-31. It was tough sledding early, as IMS did not get on the board until a Cole Ours triple with five minutes gone. IMS fought through the early struggle to lead 12-9 after one quarter, able to get some separation in the second quarter. A 7-0 run at the four-minute mark gave IMS a 21-12 lead and IMS would lead 27-18 at the half. IMS then opened things up with a 17-5 third quarter to lead 44-23 entering the final frame. The Wildcats would not go away quickly as IMS took care of the ball and hit free throws down the stretch to secure the 51-31 victory.
Reggie Borntrager was 6-8 from the floor and 3-3 from the line to lead IMS with 15 points and six rebounds. Cole Ours was right behind with 14 points and had a team-high six assists. Mitchell Schmieder tallied 10 points with seven rebounds and five blocks. Trevor Leyden scored five points and had four steals, Eli Ours had three points, and Isaiah Swantz and Cameron Roser-Peet completed the scoring with two points apiece.
Coach Dwight Gingerich said “this was not a pretty one, but it was good to see us grind it out when things were tough. Columbus is a very improved team with a misleading record. They were very patient offensively, which has the effect of shortening the game, and forced us to play much harder on defense. We were able to get the game to our pace more in the second and third quarters, which allowed us to pull away.”
The win takes IMS to 10-2 in conference play, 11-2 overall.