The Des Moines Lincoln Boys Basketball team finally came home to the Roundhouse for its home opener on Tuesday night. Ames was coming off a two-point loss to Johnston and the Little Cyclones were red-hot Tuesday night, dropping the Railsplitters 65-45.
Lincoln, coming off a strong defensive performance at Ankeny last week, struggled to stop Ames’ two stars, Japannah Kellogg (Green Bay Commit) and freshman Tamin Lipsey, who’s receiving a lot of attention by Division I recruiters. Kellogg and Lipsey combined for 40 points on 17-of-28 shooting.
Missing from the Railsplitters lineup was defensive and rebounding specialist Felix Gallagher, who received a suspension due to a flagrant foul called at Ankeny. Stepping into the starting lineup was Maiwut Jock, who finished with four points and two rebounds in his 15 minutes.
Josiah Conkrite once again led the Rails in scoring with 15, but he struggled from the field, connecting on 5-of-15. Nate Feller added 12 on 5-of-10 shooting.
Ames got out to a 8-2 lead in the first quarter before the Rails answered with back-to-back threes. The Little Cyclones responded, jumping out to a 20-10 lead at the conclusion of the first quarter.
Lincoln had a strong second quarter and stabilized the deficit at 10 going into halftime. Ames flexed its muscle in the third, winning the period 17-4 and opening the lead to 50-27 into the fourth. Lincoln finished the game strong, but the damage was done by that third quarter Little Cyclones run.
Lincoln shot 37.5 percent from the field and connected on just 6-of-25 three point attempts. Ames shot a very efficient 54.2 percent and finished 5-of-13 from deep.
The Rails are back to CIML Metro play Friday night with a clash at the Roundhouse with Hoover. Hoover took a loss at home Tuesday night as well, dropping a low-scoring affair with Fort Dodge.
Hoover (1-0) Metro, 4-1 overall
North (1-0), 3-2
Lincoln (1-0), 2-2
Roosevelt (0-1), 2-3
Ottumwa (0-1), 1-4
East (0-1), 0-5