IMS survives and advances following a hard-fought 56-49 win over a gritty Holy Trinity squad Thursday in Hillcrest Union. IMS led 17-14 after one quarter, and the scrappy Crusaders, coming off a recent win over always tough Danville, gave IMS all it could handle and much more, taking a 26-25 lead at the half. With Holy Trinity holding a 29-27 lead with two minutes gone in the third quarter, IMS made it’s move and outscored the Crusaders 20-5 the rest of the period to take a 47-34 lead into the final stanza.
IMS needed every bit of that run to hold the Crusaders off, as Holy Trinity would not go away and battled back to cut it to 49-47 with one minute remaining in the ballgame. An Eli Ours and-one off a Mitchell Schmieder steal got IMS over the hump, and Cole Ours salted it away, going 4-4 from the charity stripe down the stretch to seal the win.
Eli Ours scored 14 points to lead IMS, and Cole Ours followed with 13 points, including 10-11 from the line. Schmieder scored 11 points and Reggie Borntrager added eight. Trevor Leyden scored seven points and Caleb Gingerich added three points to complete the scoring. Cole Ours, Eli Ours, Leyden and Gingerich each had a trey in the effort. Eli Ours also recorded five rebounds and four assists, Schmieder had five blocks and Leyden had four steals.
Coach Dwight Gingerich said “Holy Trinity was able to keep the tempo down, so those spurts where our pressure forced turnovers were key. Our guys dug down and on a night where we did not shoot well, we were able to make enough plays to get it done, and that’s what it’s all about at this point, survive and move on.”
IMS goes to 19-3 on the season. The win pits IMS against conference foe Highland in the District semifinal Tuesday at Mt. Pleasant High School at 6:30 p.m.