IMS was on the road for the first time this season and returned home with a convincing 73-41 win over the Louisa-Muscatine Falcons on Friday. IMS struggled to convert early, and led 7-6 with one minute to play in the first period before going on a 6-0 run to lead 12-6 after one quarter. The second quarter belonged to IMS, as the visitors outscored L-M 23-5 through the frame to lead 35-11 at the half. The lead grew to 44-15 at the four-minute mark of the third period and it was 52-23 after three quarters, as reserves were able to get good minutes through the second half.
IMS was paced by Eli Ours with 21 points, 10 rebounds, seven steals and five assists. Blake Bontrager scored 17 points with nine rebounds, and Caleb Gingerich followed with 11 points, six assists and three steals. Trevor Leyden scored six points and had five assists and five steals. Jeremy Niemeyer grabbed 11 rebounds to go with four points, and Cody Jones scored six points. Kobe Borntrager added four points and Louis Etienne and John Hughes completed the scoring with two points apiece.
Coach Dwight Gingerich said “we settled in after a shaky start shooting the ball. Our defense forced a lot of turnovers and we were able to convert off of a number of them. We shared the ball well, and were able to hit the offensive glass to give us more opportunities. L-M can be a tough place to play, so I was happy to see our defense step up and create some scoring opportunities.”