IMS faced off against seventh-ranked New London Thursday in the Class 1A District 9 Championship game, and came away with a 61-54 upset win over the Tigers in a thriller at Mediapolis High School. The upset came just less than two weeks after a 73-50 loss to New London in the SEISC Shoot-out.
New London jumped out to a huge lead early, leading 19-6 after one quarter. IMS got back into it in the second quarter, outscoring New London 14-6, only to see New London hit a buzzer beating three to make it 25-20 at the half. New London got the lead out to ten at 38-28 at the two-minute mark of the third quarter before IMS cut it to five with a Trevor Leyden triple to beat the buzzer and make it 38-33 New London, after three periods.
The fourth quarter belonged to IMS, as the momentum carried. A Reggie Borntrager lay-in made it 43-42 with just over four minutes to play. IMS would not trail again, making big play after big play. Additionally, IMS was 15-16 from the line in the fourth quarter to secure the 61-54 final.
IMS was paced by the monster performance of Mitchell Schmieder, who came through with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Eli Ours followed with 15 points. Reggie Borntrager scored 10 points with six rebounds, and Cole Ours had eight points, including 6-6 from the line down the stretch. Trevor Leyden came through with two timely triples for six points, and Blake Bontrager completed the scoring with two points.
Coach Dwight Gingerich said “We got a terrific game from all of our guys, including Isaiah Swantz, Caleb Gingerich, Blake Bontrager, and Jeremy Niemeyer off the bench. We needed what each brought us. Our starters logged a lot of minutes and were outstanding. Our execution was really good, and things were clicking.”
The win moves IMS to 21-3 on the season and sends IMS into a Substate match-up with fourth-ranked Lynnville-Sully Saturday in Oskaloosa.