IMS took to the road Tuesday and suffered a heartbreaking 57-55 defeat at the hands of the Lions in Lone Tree. IMS trailed by eleven midway through the third and cut it to one with four minutes to play, but could get no closer. IMS had the ball on two successive possessions, down two inside of 30 seconds, but was unable to convert. Forced to foul, IMS saw the Lions seal the win from the line.
IMS jumped ahead early, leading 15-9 with just under two minutes to play in the first period, when Eli Ours and Caleb Gingerich had go to the bench, Ours with foul number two, and Gingerich with an injury. Lone Tree later went on an 11-1 run to close the half with a 29-26 lead. The Lions then picked up where they left off, and got the lead to eleven before IMS closed to 39-35 with two minutes to play in the third quarter. The Lions led 44-39 entering the final stanza before IMS made another run, getting it to 49-48 at the four minute mark.
Kobe Borntrager paced IMS offensively with 17 points and grabbed a team-high six rebounds. Jeremy Niemeyer scored 11 points and Eli Ours tallied eight. Trevor Leyden and Cody Jones had six points, Blake Bontrager had five and Caleb Gingerich finished with two points. Gingerich had seven assists and four steals, Ours had five assists with three steals, and Leyden had five steals and four assists.
Coach Dwight Gingerich said “Lone Tree played very well, hit big shots through the second half, and disrupted us defensively. We struggled at times to be on the same page together, so this gives us some really important things to work at correcting at this time in the season. I liked that we showed resolve and battled back, we just couldn’t overcome the holes we dug ourselves into.”