On Urbandale’s Senior Night, facing a spirited Jayhawks squad, the Lincoln Boys Basketball team needed some clutch performances down the stretch to grab its fourth straight victory.
Though Josiah Conkrite and Ben Knoebel gave the Rails 17 and 12 points respectively, the Rails got a spark from their bench at the free throw line late. Kameron Young was fouled with the Rails up one in the final minute of the fourth quarter. The junior stepped up and stuck two free throws to extend the lead to three.
When Urbandale answered with a three to tie it, Karon Allen rebounded Josiah Conkrite’s missed go-ahead attempt and was immediately fouled. Alone at the line with 4.7 seconds left, Karon knocked down the front half of a one-and-one and converted on the second as well to give the Railsplitters a 49-47 lead.
Head Coach Justin Einerson called a timeout to organize the defense but Urbandale completed a pass to half court and called timeout right in front of the home bench with 2.5 seconds left. Six-foot-eight center Logan Sharp was subbed in to protect the rim and the Jayhawks went right at him with the inbound pass, but the ball was fumbled and the clock expired.
“We knew it was going to take quite a bit from our guys to come in here and grab a win on senior night. Urbandale plays so hard and they were very sharp tonight. It says a lot about our fortitude to keep fighting with the same vigor whether we were up or down. We didn’t always have it rolling but our guys weren’t leaving that gym without a win,” said Einerson.
Conkrite finished with 17 points on 7-of-15 from the field. Knoebel was 4-for-10 with 12 points, all on made threes. Ben Badger had six points, six rebounds and five steals while Logan Sharp had six points and seven rebounds for the Rails.
Lincoln is back at it tonight, Friday January 25th, against Ottumwa in a rematch of a 63-60 Bulldog win back on December 18th. Come out tonight to support legendary Lincoln coach John Carle as Lincoln High School names the court at the Roundhouse in his name.
CIML Metro Standings:
North 7-0, 11-2 Overall
Hoover 5-2, 10-4 Overall
Lincoln 4-3, 8-6 Overall
Ottumwa 3-4, 4-10 Overall
East 1-5, 1-10 Overall
Roosevelt 0-6, 2-10 Overall