The Lincoln Boys Basketball team was coming off a loss at North where the Railsplitters gave up 26 points in the final seven minutes after tying the game in the fourth quarter. The Rails were not going to make that mistake again. In a see-saw battle at the Roundhouse Tuesday night, Lincoln put on the clamps in the fourth quarter, limiting the Bobcats to just four points in the final frame as the Rails escaped with a 54-45 win.
Marshalltown came into the game at 7-4 with some impressive victories on the Bobcats resume. An overtime win at Ankeny Centennial and a one point win against Dowling shows the kind of mettle the Rails had to deal with Tuesday night. From the tip, the action didn’t disappoint.
Lincoln and Marshalltown traded leads throughout the first quarter and Ben Badger’s buzzer beating heave left the Railsplitters down 18-16 heading into the second. The two teams stayed on the see-saw through the second and third periods and Lincoln went into the final frame with a 43-41 advantage.
Up three with three minutes left, the Bobcats forced a turnover and sprinted the length of the floor. Lincoln senior Josiah Conkrite chased down the ball and picked up a crucial steal, sprinted up the floor and finished a contested layup to give the Rails a 5-point lead. Lincoln never looked back as the defensive intensity continued through the final whistle.
In his return to the lineup after missing the North game with the flu, Josiah Conkrite scored 22 points on 9-of-17 shooting with three assists. Junior guard Ben Badger scored 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting with two assists. Senior sniper Ben Knoebel finished the game with 10 points and six rebounds.
The Railsplitters held Marshalltown to 34 percent from the field and 6-of-23 from three. Lincoln heads up to Hoover on Friday night for a CIML Metro rematch with Hoover. Game time is set for 7:45 pm.
CIML Metro Standings
North (6-0), 10-2
Hoover (5-1), 10-3
Ottumwa (3-3), 4-8
Lincoln (3-3), 5-6
East (1-5), 1-10
Roosevelt (0-6), 2-10