Boys defeat Danville

Kobe Borntrager

IMS scored a come-from-behind win for the ages Friday, overcoming a 44-29 late third quarter deficit to upend Danville 58-52 in Hillcrest Union. Senior guard Trevor Leyden returned to the court after being injured to drain two from distance, and combined with treys from sophomore guard Eli Ours and senior guard Caleb Gingerich, IMS hit four threes in the fourth period to spark the hosts to the win. Junior forward Kobe Borntrager was 10-11 from the floor on the evening for a career-high 20 points, and grabbed nine rebounds.

IMS jumped out to an early 10-5 lead only to see Danville return the favor to trail 15-14 after one period. Danville established a measure of control in the second quarter and led 28-24 at the break. The Bears gained momentum in the third quarter and led 44-29 with just over two minutes remaining in the frame. IMS cut it to six in the last two minutes only to see Max Wilcox drain a three at the buzzer, giving Danville a 47-38 lead entering the final quarter.
IMS bounced back with the back to back threes by Leyden to make it 47-45 with 5:35 to play. Ours was next and then Gingerich drained a three to make it 53-48 IMS. Ours then went 5-6 from the line down the stretch to help secure the win.
Ours netted 13 points, Leyden finished with 10, Gingerich had eight points, and Jeremy Niemeyer scored seven points. Gingerich dished for a career high 12 assists and Niemeyer pulled down nine rebounds. Gingerich and Ours each had three steals and Leyden had two. Ours had six boards and Gingerich had five.
Coach Dwight Gingerich said “our kids kept at it and after Trevor hit the back to back threes, all of a sudden we were right there. That was a gutsy performance after being down, I’m really happy for our team. We received strong minutes off the bench from freshman guard Noah Miller, and Drew Blauvelt gave us key minutes in relief as well. This was truly a tremendous team effort.” IMS got it done minus the services of key players Blake Bontrager and Cody Jones, out with health issues.
IMS goes to 7-2 on the season and returns to conference action at Lone Tree on Tuesday.