You mad?Gingerich and IMS overcome their frustrations to defeat Highland
RIVERSIDE — As IMS senior Cameron Gingerich watched his team’s lead dwindle to five points in the third quarter of Tuesday’s Southeast Iowa Super Conference North Division game at Highland, he became visibly angry. At one point, after drawing a foul, he popped up off the floor and stormed to the free-throw line.
“I was just a little frustrated,” Gingerich said.
Gingerich’s mood would improve moments later. After the Huskies trimmed the lead to 45-40 with 2½ minutes left in the third, IMS senior Justin Boller knocked down a 3-pointer. Then, left wide open, Gingerich nailed a 3-pointer of his own to give his team an 11-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.
“I’ve been struggling this year with 3-pointers, but I just stepped into that one and didn’t really think about it,” said Gingerich, who had made just four of his 15 shots from beyond the arc going into Tuesday’s game.
The 3-pointers by Boller and Gingerich sparked a 15-0 run, and IMS rolled to a 75-58 win.
“Those guys came up big at a key moment there,” IMS head coach Dwight Gingerich said. “They’re senior guards. That’s what you hope they can do for you, and they came through.”
IMS senior Peyton Thompson opened the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer, and then junior Dallas Nye threw down a two-handed dunk on an alley-oop pass from Thompson. Gingerich capped the run with back-to-back layups that extended the IMS lead to 60-40. From there, IMS cruised to victory.
“They cut it to five, and it was nice to see our guys execute in those situations and get that separation again,” Dwight Gingerich said.
Thompson sank six 3-pointers and matched his career high with 24 points. Gingerich added 19 points, and junior Reggie Hostetler matched his career high with 13. Nye finished with eight points, eight rebounds, five assists, four steals and four blocked shots, and freshman Eli Gingerich chipped in a career-high eight points.
Senior Talon McFarland scored 14 points to lead the Huskies (6-5, 5-5 SEISC North), and junior Josh Brase added 11.
IMS (10-1, 10-1 SEISC North) held a slim 14-13 lead with just a minute left in the first quarter, but then out-scored Highland 24-7 over the game’s next seven minutes to open up an 18-point lead. Hostetler scored 11 straight points for IMS in the second quarter to help his team build its lead.
“He had a huge quarter,” Dwight Gingerich said of Hostetler. “He had been sitting down, and he came in and gave us a huge boost there. That was big.”
Highland freshman Nate Sandburg scored a layup and McFarland knocked down a 3-pointer to close the first half and trim the IMS lead to 13 at the break. Then IMS turned the ball over on its first four possessions of the second half, and the Huskies cut the lead to seven.
“We changed up our defense a little bit,” Highland head coach Marcus Hall said. “We went to a three-quarter-court 1-3-1 trap and we were able to get some turnovers and force them into some quick shots.”
Sandburg scored a layup midway through the third quarter to cut the lead to five. Eli Gingerich answered with a quick layup, but McFarland drained a 15-foot jumper to again pull Highland to within five.
“I thought we just played a little listlessly in the third quarter,” Dwight Gingerich said. “We broke down on defense and they got some transition hoops and hits some open shots. We had a tough time finding a rhythm offensively. There was just kind of a stretch there of us not playing very well and Highland playing really well.”
But then Boller and Gingerich knocked down 3-pointers, and IMS seemed to find its groove again.
“We worked so hard and so many things went right to make it a five-point game, and then you lose a couple of them on the perimeter and they knock down some big shots,” Hall said. “Then all of a sudden it’s back to an 11-point game before you know it.”
The Huskies suffered their fourth straight loss after a 6-1 start to the season.
“I thought we played better tonight than we did against Lone Tree [on Thursday], especially against a well-coached IMS team,” Hall said. “I have a lot of respect for the way they play. So when you do something right against them, you feel good about it. Even though we’re on a four-game slide right now, we still have small goals in mind that we can still accomplish building up to the big goals.”
Meanwhile, IMS has now won nine games in a row. They’ll put that winning streak on the line on Friday when they host No. 3 Lone Tree.
“That should be a fun one,” Cameron Gingerich said. “They’re on top of the conference, and they got us at their place, so we’re just going to try to play our best. I think we’ve improved a lot [since the first time we played them].”