The Lincoln Boys Basketball team was in for a tough test against the high-ranked North Polar Bears Friday Night. To add to the challenge, the Railsplitters were without star guard Josiah Conkrite, who averages just shy of 19 points per game due to the flu.
Lincoln came out firing behind senior wing Ben Knoebel, who was red-hot all night. Knoebel hit two threes in the opening possessions in the game on his way to a 7-for-13 night from behind the arch and a team-high 26 points.
The Rails were hit by the turnover bug in the second quarter and North was able to turn those turnovers into points, grabbing a 13 point lead into the halftime break.
The Rails found their stride in the third and early fourth quarter, riding the broad shoulders of 6-8 senior Logan Sharp, who finished with 19 points on just nine attempts to go with eight rebounds.
With six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Lincoln tied the game at 60 before the Polar Bears made a decisive 10 point run to ice the game. The turnovers ended up being the story of the game as Lincoln had 24 compared to North’s 13. Lincoln finished with 18 assists, a new season high.
The Rails return home Tuesday night to take on Marshalltown.
CIML Metro Standings:
North (6-0), 9-2
Hoover (5-1), 9-3
Ottumwa (3-3), 4-8
Lincoln (3-3), 4-6
East (1-5), 1-9
Roosevelt (0-6), 2-8