IVC struggles with Raiders

Drew Veskauf TimesNewspapers
IVC senior Spencer Youngman moves against Hartsburg-Emden earlier this season. Young posted five points against East Peoria Feb. 26.

The IVC varsity boys basketball team closed its regular season with a 49-36 road loss to East Peoria Feb. 26.

It was the Grey Ghosts third consecutive loss and it brought its regular season record to 17-8.

“We just didn’t shoot the ball well. When you shoot, I think 25 percent from the field, you’re  not going to win a lot of varsity basketball games that way,” coach Joe Mintus said.

IVC led after the first 9-7 with points coming from seniors Ben Rashid, Reilly Owens and Spencer Youngman.

Youngman posted his five points in the first with a 3-pointer and a field goal.

Rashid had his two points in the game in the first from a field goal.

The Raiders jumped back in the second quarter to outscore IVC 9-7, grabbing a 16-13 lead. 

Owens posted the only IVC points for the second from a field goal and making two of his free throw attempts.

In the third, junior Mason Schaub put in his first points with a field goal. Senior Mitch McIntyre, junior Matt Keffeler and Owens also contributed but did not outscore EP and trailed 30-23 heading into the final eight minutes.

“They got at us and gave it to us. We just didn’t respond the way we needed to respond,” Mintus said.

Schaub came out to lead IVC in scoring in the fourth with two 3’s, a field goal and making one of his three free throw attempts.

Both McIntyre and Owens contributed a field goal but were outscored 19-13 to finish the game.

Owens led with 12 points. Schaub was next with 11.

Mintus said Owen’s wasn’t the only who struggled with shots from around the court.

“We had a lot of guys struggle from the field for some reason. Ryan Beard, Mason (Schaub), we just had guys that didn’t make shots,” Mintus said.

“That’s part of the game. You’ve got to make shots especially on the road and we weren’t able to do that.”