IMS boys prepare for shoot-out with pair of wins
The Iowa Mennonite School’s boys’ varsity basketball team is nearing tournament time and is conveniently starting to play its best basketball, as evidenced by two recent lopsided conference victories. IMS got a 69 – 37 victory over Wapello on Friday, Feb. 7 and then went to Mediapolis and handed the Bulldogs a 67 – 39 loss on Monday, Feb. 10.
On Friday night, which was Senior Night for IMS, Wapello got out to a 15 – 10 lead in the first quarter before IMS took control of the game. In the second and third quarters IMS outscored Wapello 46 – 13 to earn the convincing victory.
Against Wapello Sophomore Eli Gingerich led IMS with 16 points. Senior Dallas Nye dropped 15 and senior Reggie Hostetler added 13. The trio of Gingerich, Hostetler and Nye were good for 17, 14 and 16 respectively on Monday night at Mediapolis.
Regarding Friday night’s victory, IMS head coach Dwight Gingerich said, “I am happy for our seniors that we could play well and get a really good team win especially after a tough start. Our seniors Dallas, Reggie, Tanner [Leyden] and Zach have worked very hard through the season and have been great teammates not only for each other, but for our entire team.” D. Gingerich commented on Monday night’s win as well, saying that, “we really played well in the third quarter. The ball was moving much better in the second half and we got better defensively, which was the real key.”
IMS finishes the regular season at 16 – 4 overall, 15 – 3 in the Southeast Iowa Super Conference. IMS will play next at Southeastern Community College in Burlington on Friday, Feb. 14 against an opponent yet to be determined as part of the SEISC Boys’ Basketball Shootout.
“We have the Shoot-out then will begin district tournament play. Our first emphasis is getting through our shoot-out game healthy and then we will face a good New London team on the road. We need to keep working on being more organized on the offensive end,” D. Gingerich said of his team’s upcoming schedule.