The #11 IMS boys captured their fourth district title in the last five years, but it came with some nailbiting late in a 58-53 win over Lynnville-Sully at Mid-Prairie Friday night. IMS started the game red hot getting out to an 11-2 lead in the first three minutes spurred on by seven points from Cameron Gingerich. IMS would lead by 10 at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter belonged to Dallas Nye who had eight of the nine IMS points in the frame and Iowa Mennonite led 26-16 going to the locker room.
After halftime it was Peyton Thompson’s turn to pick it up as he had 19 of his game high 26 in the second half, including a huge three to end the third and put IMS up 10 going to the fourth quarter. In the last period Lynnville Sully would put together a charge led by Darin Hofer and Conner Cullen to get the Hawks within one point late. IMS, the fourth best free throw shooting team in the state, went nine of ten at the line down the stretch including Cameron Gingerich going eight of eight in the last three minutes to preserve the win. After the game Head Coach Dwight Gingerich talked about the leadership of his veterans in helping to pull out the close win.
“Peyton came up big in the third and fourth quarters with some big shots and showed the player he is, it was just awesome. I thought he really settled in in the third quarter and made some outstanding plays and jumped up and hit big shots,” Gingerich said. “Then Reggie Hostetler knocked down that jumper and Cameron’s big free throws late that’s what matters in these tight games.”
Senior Justin Boller also spoke after the game about his key play forcing a key turnover in the final minute that kept Lynnville-Sully at bay.
“On that play I just dug down, and I knew that I didn’t have any fouls that night so I thought if I got one on the floor it wouldn’t be a big deal, he wouldn’t be shooting anyway, so I just dug down, they didn’t call a foul and I got the steal,” Boller said.
With the win IMS is now 22-2 on the season and will next be in action at Benton Community tonight in the substate round of the playoffs against #7 North Tama who was a 50-38 winner over Gladbrook-Reinbeck. You can hear all of the action live tonight between #11 IMS and #7 North Tama on KCII with the Mercy Services of Kalona pregame show at 6:30 and tipoff at 7PM.