IMS was back home in the friendly confines of Hillcrest Union Tuesday, and held off a Louisa-Muscatine charge to defeat the Falcons 64-53. IMS jumped to a 22-9 lead after one quarter, capped by a buzzer beating jumper by Cody Jones. Foul trouble slowed IMS in the second half, and the Falcons narrowed the margin to 28-22 to close the half.
The Falcons took their turn at lighting it up early in the third period, and tied things up at 37-37 with three minutes to play in the third period. IMS rebounded to lead 44-39 after three quarters. The margin was still five points with five to play before IMS outscored the Falcons 10-3 over the next two minutes to lead 59-47. IMS kept the visitors at bay by making free throws down the stretch for the win.
Cole Ours led the balanced attack with 17 points, including three treys, and recorded four rebounds, four assists and three steals. Mitchell Schmieder had 12 points, and Reggie Borntrager followed with 10 points, 10 rebounds and four steals. Trevor Leyden notched nine points, including a pair of triples, and had a team-high seven assists. Eli Ours finished with eight points and three steals, and Isaiah Swantz had four points and four rebounds. Jones finished with two to complete the scoring.
Coach Dwight Gingerich said “this was a real solid effort against a team that’s been playing really well and getting big wins. We needed that good start, and I thought we kept our poise late.”
The win takes IMS to 12-2 in conference play, 15-2 overall.