Lincoln Wins a Spirited Battle with East Downtown, Rails Move to 2-0

With a total of 40 turnovers in the contest, it wasn’t pretty, but the Lincoln Varsity Boys Basketball team moved to 2-0 on the season with a 75-61 win over East on Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena. (The scoreboard read 76-63 but official stats have changed after film review confirmed a 75-61 final).

Lincoln got out to a fast start, grabbing a 14-3 lead over the Scarlets in the first four minutes. As East has done in all three of their contests so far this season, the Scarlets battled back, closing the gap to 19-16 after one.

The Railsplitters’ advantage grew to double digits multiple times in the game, only to shrink when East’s active full court pressure was able to turn Lincoln over. The Rails had 20 turnovers on the night to go with just 12 assists. Lincoln carried a 16-point advantage into the fourth quarter and went on to win by 14.

Once again, senior point guard Josiah Conkrite led the way for Lincoln, scoring 21 points with eight rebounds and five assists. Junior Nate Feller had 11 points to go along with eight rebounds and three assists. Both big men for Lincoln got into the scoring act as well as Logan Sharp and Maiwut Jock each netted 10 points. Jock also had eight rebounds while Sharp added six.

Lincoln shot 41.3 percent on the night compared to East’s 36.2. The Rails connected on just 4-of-17 three pointers in the cavernous Wells Fargo Arena and struggled from the free-throw line as well, converting on 19-of-32 for 59.4 percent.

The Rails are 2-0 for the first time since 2007 but the road gets tougher as Lincoln heads to Ankeny to take on the 2-0 Hawks on Tuesday night.

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