IMS, Columbus Community boys meet
KALONA - IMS controlled play on the way to a 31 - 14 halftime lead, then had to fight off a challenge from Columbus through the second half to gain the win over the Wildcats 52 - 43 Friday in Hillcrest Union.
The IMS defense held the conference’s leading scorer Chase Finke without a point through the first half and kept the Wildcats off balance as only one Wildcat scored more than one field goal.
The second half saw both teams struggle to convert through the first five minutes, as IMS missed several from point-blank range. Columbus then outscored IMS 8 - 2 over the final three minutes of the third quarter to trail 35 - 25.
The Wildcats followed that up with a 7 - 2 run to start the fourth period and it was 37 - 32 with five minutes to play. IMS pulled away with free throws and ball control down the stretch.
Senior Dallas Nye led the way for IMS with 17 points, 10 rebounds, six blocks and five assists. Senior Todd Kenan paced the Wildcats with 16 points and eight rebounds.
IMS head coach Dwight Gingerich said, “I liked our effort the first half but thought we lost our edge in the second half, resulting in missed easy opportunities, and at the other end we let them score too quickly, and before you know it, they are right back in it. Given the way things developed I liked the way we were able to finish.”
IMS goes to 12-2 overall, 12-1 in the SEISC. Columbus is now 3 - 12 overall, 3 - 11 in conference.
Columbus plays on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at home against Wapello. IMS plays on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at home against Louisa - Muscatine.