The Lincoln Boys Basketball team had been on an offensive tear during its 5-game winning streak but the deep freeze that hit central Iowa over the past week transferred over to the Railsplitters on Friday and Saturday night.
On Friday night, the Rails trailed 31-27 at halftime before Roosevelt put a lid on the rim and stretched a small first-half advantage into a dominating 69-48 win over Lincoln.
On Saturday night, the Rails led Johnston 41-38 late in the third quarter before the Dragons benefited from a 12-0 run to flip the script. Johnston escaped the Roundhouse with a 65-58 win.
Senior Josiah Conkrite, who came in averaging 19 points per game, struggled mightily in the back-to-back contests, shooting 5-for-26 from the field and netting just 13 points overall.
Ben Badger and Ben Knoebel reached double figures for Lincoln on Friday night with 11 and 10 respectively, but shot 33 percent between the two of them in tough atmosphere on the northwest side.
After a morning shootaround, it was clear that the confidence had returned to the Rails rotation and Lincoln controlled the second and third quarters against Johnston, who came in winners of six straight games.
Nate Feller tallied his first double-double of the year with 20 points and 11 rebounds for Lincoln. Ben Badger scored 15 points on 10 shots and Ben Knoebel got his shooting stroke back with 12 points on 4-of-8 from deep.
Despite the disappointing results on the scoreboard, the Rails were able to limit the turnovers over the course of the weekend, recording just nine in each game. Lincoln shot 31 percent from the field Friday night and 33 percent on Saturday night. Coming into the game, Lincoln had averaged 52 percent from the field over the five-game win streak.
Roosevelt was on fire Friday night, shooting 9-of-17 from three and 48 percent. On Saturday, free throw attempts were the story as Johnston shot 27 compared to Lincoln’s 14. The difference led to seven more made free throws in a game separated by seven points.
The Rails drop to 9-8 on the year and prepare to take on another tough test Tuesday night as CIML powerhouse Valley waits at 14-3 on the season.