The IMS boys basketball team upset #11 Van Buren Friday night at the Southeast Iowa Superconference Shootout doubleheader in Burlington. The Warriors got out to a quick 8-0 lead to start the game. IMS countered with a 15-5 run of their own to end the period tied at 15. The lead see-sawed back and forth between the two teams with a 26-23 Van Buren lead at the half.
IMS came out of the locker room with an increased effort on the glass, winning the rebounding battle by 10. Defensively, Iowa Mennonite got more aggressive in the half court forcing turnovers and getting hands in the face of the shooter. The play of the IMS defense held Van Buren 34 points below their season scoring average of 75. Offensively IMS had players step up everywhere. Reggie Hostetler ran the point in the second half due to an El Gingerich injury, Kirby Shetler hit two key three point shots and Zach Hill and Dallas Nye each recorded double doubles. Down the stretch IMS was able to record key fourth quarter stops and hit enough free throws for the 47-41 win. After the game IMS Head Coach Dwight Gingerich talked about his teams role players stepping up.
“We were doing some good things there. Eli Gingerich went down with that injury, and I’m just really happy with how Reggie stepped up with running the show,” Gingerich said. “Kirby came through with some big shots, and Tanner Leyden played really well, nice floor game, aggressive defensively. I thought Nick Yutzy came in and gave us some big minutes, it was definitely an example of the team really stepping up without a key guy.”
IMS was led by 14 points from Reggie Hostetler, Dallas Nye had 12 points and 10 rebounds, Zach Hill had 10 points and 12 rebounds. With the win IMS is now 17-4 on the season and will open up the post season this week at New London.