IVC boys get 2 road losses

Drew Veskauf
IVC junior Mason Schaub, right, looks to make a play against the Dunlap defense in a previous game.

The IVC varsity boys basketball team snapped its four game win streak with losses to Canton and Galesburg.

IVC fell to Canton Feb. 18, 78-45 and then to Galesburg Saturday 50-41.

Canton 78, IVC 45

The Grey Ghosts traveled to Canton (12-12), Feb. 18 and took a loss to the Little Giants after being outscored all four quarters.

“I don’t think we played with the same intensity that we usually played with,” coach Joe Mintus said.

“They just shot incredible. They shot 50 percent from the field.”

IVC was held to 12 points in the first quarter to Canton’s 18 and in the second the Little Giants posted another 22 to IVC’s five.

The Grey Ghosts came out of intermission to add 14 points apiece in the last two quarters but could not top Canton’s 18 in the third and 20 in the fourth.

“We ran into a buzz saw. They made shots and it just snowballed,” Mintus said.

Senior Reilly Owens led IVC with 29 points and going 10-10 at the free-throw line.

“(Owens) had a nice game at the line. We just couldn’t string anything together,” Mintus said.

Junior Mason Schaub was next in scoring with eight points from a field goal and two 3-pointers.

Galesburg 50, IVC 41

The Grey Ghosts (17-9) then faced Galesburg (20-10) Saturday at home for a 50-41 loss.

IVC was down 14-12 after the first but tied for scoring with the Silver Streaks, 12-12.

“We played really hard (Saturday) night,” Mintus said. “It was probably one of the hardest games we played all year. We just battled.”

The Grey Ghosts outscored Galesburg in the third quarter, 12-8.

Galesburg had a game-high quarter in the fourth to secure the win outscoring IVC 16-5 to close out the game.

“Hopefully it’s a learning lesson. So hopefully in the next couple weeks we can learn from it and it will help us at regionals,” Mintus said.

Senior Spencer Youngman saw the floor in the Canton game and posted five points for IVC against Galesburg after making his way back from an injury.

“We’re trying to work him back slowly. We’d like to get him back by regional time,” Mintus said.