The Des Moines Lincoln Boys Basketball team came out firing on Friday night but the Hoover Huskies rode the talents of two players on to a 68-63 win over the Rails at the Roundhouse.
With both teams coming off of losses Tuesday, there was a sense of desperation in the air right from the opening tip. The two teams who had been struggling for offense early in the season closed the first half 20-19, Lincoln on top. Hoover took a three point advantage into the locker rooms in what was a see-saw game through the first half.
Hoover’s senior wing Adam Jackson was the story of the night. Jackson came into the game averaging 11 points per game and was 11 percent from three. Jackson exploded for 40 points, almost all off of isolations off the dribble against various, and sometimes all, Lincoln defenders. Jackson was 11-for-23 from the field and 5-for-11 from three.
Adding a second punch was Hoover’s Manny Austin, who scored 22 points on 7-of-12 shooting. Only six Husky points came from players other than Jackson and Austin as Hoover employed an all-ISO offense for the majority of the game.
Lincoln was led by junior point guard Ben Badger, who got his second start of the year. Badger had 22 points including a key three-pointer from deep to cut Hoover’s lead to 65-63 late in the game. Ben Knoebel scored 16 points off the bench for Lincoln.
Hoover was able to stretch a three-point lead at the beginning of the fourth quarter to a double digit lead with 6:00 minutes remaining in the period. With their backs against the wall, Lincoln got some key stops and forced some key turnovers in the press that gave them chances to cut into the deficit.
After Badger’s three that made the score 65-63, Lincoln Coach Justin Einerson called his final timeout to set-up a trap on the inbound. The Rails were called for a foul on the inbound and the Huskies went to the line. The first free-throw rimmed out, the second went in. As Ben Badger cut to catch the inbound pass, he slipped and Manny Austin stole the ball and finished a layin to seal the game for Hoover.
Lincoln moves back on the road to take on Ottumwa Tuesday night. The Rails return to the Roundhouse on Friday, December 21 in a clash with Roosevelt.
CIML Metro Standings:
Hoover (2-0) Metro, 5-2 overall
North (2-0), 4-2
Lincoln (1-1), 2-3
East (1-1), 1-5
Roosevelt (0-2), 2-4
Ottumwa (0-2), 1-5