IMS went on the road Tuesday and overcame a tremendous effort by the Lone Tree Lions to win 63-53. IMS got out to a 16-9 lead after one quarter and appeared to be in control. However, the Lions climbed right back into the fray with a strong start to the second period and tied it at 22. Moments later it was 26-26 when IMS was able to close the half with a 5-0 run, capped by a buzzer beater from Isaiah Swantz off a Cole Ours feed, and IMS headed to the locker room with a 31-26 lead.
The third quarter saw IMS maintain the margin before Lone Tree closed the gap and then tied it at 39. And from there it was a hard fought affair. Each possession mattered. IMS was able to score on several consecutrive possesions, gaining a 56-48 advantage with three minutes to play. IMS was then able to drain the free throws down the stretch for the win.
On the night, Cole Ours scored 19 points, including 9-11 from the line and two treys, and had six rebounds and five assists. Reggie Borntrager had 16 points, and a team-high nine rebounds. Mitchell Schmieder had 14 points and eight rebounds, and Trevor Leyden added seven points, incluidng a triple. Eli Ours followed with five points, and Swantz had two pooints to complete the scoring.
IMS goes to 8-1 in conference play, 9-1 overall, and next plays at Wapello Friday, in a game matching the two teams at the top of the league. IMS’s only loss came to the Indians in December.