The Des Moines Lincoln Boys Basketball team looked to snap a three-game losing streak in Ottumwa on Tuesday night. The Bulldogs stretched that Lincoln losing streak to four on the back of a 13-for-15 shooting night in the paint. Ottumwa outgunned the Rails in the end of a 32-minute shootout, 63-60.
The Bulldogs showed their teeth early, jumping out to an 8-2 lead. Ottumwa’s offense stayed efficient all night as it dominated the paint, stayed consistent from three, and buried one midrange shot after another. The Rails had the offense rolling as well, shooting 44 percent on the night and connecting on 11 threes.
The Railsplitters took a 40-30 lead midway through the third quarter before Ottumwa answered with a run to cut the deficit to three going into the final period. The two teams traded blows throughout the fourth quarter. The Rails would take a lead between two and four points, the Bulldogs would erase it. In the end, free throws and loose balls were the difference.
Ottumwa shot 11-for-12 from the free throw line while Lincoln connected on just 1-of-5. The Bulldogs also picked up three loose balls in the fourth quarter, giving them three extra possessions down the stretch.
Josiah Conkrite had a shot to tie at the buzzer but the shot found iron and Lincoln fell to 2-4 on the year.
Ben Knoebel came off the bench to score 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting. Conkrite added 14 points on 7-for-14 shooting. Junior guard Ben Badger scored 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting.
The Rails were 11-for-29 from three and finished with 11 assists against 8 turnovers. Lincoln closes the first third of the season with a home clash with rival Roosevelt on Friday, December 21. Tip scheduled for 7:45pm.
CIML Metro Standings:
Hoover (3-0), 6-2 Overall
North (3-0), 5-2 Overall
Ottumwa (1-2), 2-6 Overall
Lincoln (1-2), 2-4 Overall
East (1-2), 1-5 Overall
Roosevelt (0-3), 2-5 Overall