IMS scored a big win at Highland Friday, surviving an attempt for the tie at the buzzer, to win 51-48 in Riverside. IMS came from a 23-7 second quarter deficit for the win. The Huskies were without starting guard Trey Lasek, out with an injury, but others stepped up and Highland led 13-4 after seven minutes. A Trevor Leyden three followed by a Highland bucket made it 15-7 after one period.
The Huskies went on an 8-0 run over the first two minutes of the second quarter to make it 23-7, forcing an IMS time-out. IMS countered with an 8-0 run of it’s own to cut it to 23-15, sparked by treys from Eli Ours and Caleb Gingerich, and then a steal and pass ahead by Kobe Borntrager to Ours for the lay-up. Following a Highland time-out, IMS continued the comeback and then went ahead 28-27, before the Huskies converted on two free throws to lead 29-28 at the half.
Highland led for most of the third quarter, but by no more than three, and led 37-36 entering the final frame. IMS opened the fourth period on a 6-2 run to lead 42-37, the largest lead either team would enjoy through the second half. Highland immediately followed with a bucket and then tied it at 45-45 with under three minutes to play. With IMS clinging to a 49-48 lead, Gingerich was fouled with 17 seconds remaining. Gingerich knocked down both free throws for the 51-48 lead. Highland got the ball to the frontcourt and called another time-out with 11 seconds left. The Huskies then worked the ball, and it was finally Mason McFarland who let it go from deep over the outstretched arms of 6’5 senior center Jeremy Niemeyer who switched the screen. The ball was in and out, with IMS coming away with the win.
Ours led all scorers with 23 points, 13 coming in the second quarter. Leyden and Gingerich had eight points apiece, and Niemeyer and Borntrager each scored four points. Cody Jones and Blake Bontrager completed the scoring with two points apiece. Leyden, the smallest man on the floor, led IMS with six boards, and Borntrager, Gingerich and Niemeyer had four apiece. Ours, Gingerich and Borntrager each had three assists. Ours, Gingerich, Leyden, Borntrager and Bontrager had two steals apiece.