IMS traveled to Pekin Thursday and escaped with a 52-45 thriller over the Panthers. IMS had to come from behind to get the win, as Pekin was up by one with two minutes to play.
The game was even through the first quarter and IMS beat the buzzer to lead 10-7 after one period. IMS was able to get it to six by half-time, leading 25-19 at the break. The margin remained after three quarters, with IMS leading 40-34. The Panthers fought back and took the lead at 43-42 with just over two minutes left. Following a time-out, IMS executed and then made free throws down the stretch for the win. IMS received big baskets from seniors Cole Ours, Reggie Borntrager and Mitchell Schmieder to secure the win, and Ours was 4-4 from the line late.
Schmieder led the way with 16 points on 8-10 from the floor and had eight rebounds. Cole Ours had 12 points, including 7-8 from the line, and Eli Ours scored 11 points, including 5-6 from the line, and had four steals and three assists. Borntrager finished with nine points, 10 rebounds and three assists. Isaiah Swantz and Trevor Leyden each had two points to round out the scoring. Cameron Roser-Peet secured a big rebound down the stretch to aid the cause.
Coach Dwight Gingerich said “it’s always a barn-burner at Pekin, and I’m proud of our guys for keeping their poise and battling in a tough environment.”
IMS goes to 13-2 in conference play, 16-2 overall, and next plays Saturday in a boys doubleheader at HLV.