The Lincoln Boys Basketball team had been waiting on pins and needles to hit the floor after Friday night’s loss to North at the Roundhouse. Lincoln and Dowling were originally scheduled to play Tuesday but weather concerns bounced the date of this contest around three times before the snow finally held off long enough for the Rails and Maroons to tangle, ironically, on the originally scheduled date of the contest.
Lincoln got a boost and 24 points by star senior guard Josiah Conkrite, who was 7-for-7 from the line to go with his three long-range bombs. The Rails led early until Dowling went on a late second quarter run that put the Maroons up 24-20 into the locker rooms.
A spirited Railsplitter squad came out firing in the third, scoring 25 points in the quarter, good enough to take a six point advantage into the fourth. Down 10 at one point in the third, Dowling’s defense stiffened and Lincoln missed some open shots at the rim and beyond the three point line, allowing the Maroons back to even.
Down the stretch, some timely rebounding and clutch free throw shooting from the Rails clinched a 57-55 win.
Lincoln got nine rebounds and four assists to go with five points by senior forward Karon Allen. Ben Knoebel hit three from deep to finish with nine points while banged up junior point guard Ben Badger scored seven points.
The Rails shot just 38.3 percent from the field but connected on 9-of-23 from the three point line and 12-of-16 from the free throw line. Dowling shot 43 percent from the field but was just 2-of-16 from three and 16-of-29 from the charity stripe.
The road win moves the Rails up to 10-10 on the year with a chance to finish the regular season above .500 for the first time since 2007-2008. Friday night’s contest with Ankeny Centennial is SENIOR NIGHT! The game will tip off at 7:45pm.