The Lincoln Boys Basketball team laid down a fierce defensive effort on opening night in a 64-31 win over Fort Dodge. The Dodgers (1-1) were on the second night of a back-to-back after defeating Indianola 61-59 Monday night. The Railsplitters (1-0) gave Fort Dodge just a handful of clean looks as the Dodgers shot 21.7 percent from the field.
Lincoln struggled offensively at times, managing only 34.6 percent from the field and 6-of-22 from deep, but the Rails used their speed and spacing to draw 30 fouls and converted 22-of-34 from the free throw line. In comparison, the Dodgers were 10-of-20 at the charity stripe.
Senior Ben Badger faced some adversity early, getting called for his third and fourth foul on back-to-back plays in the closing seconds of the first quarter. After a short stint on the bench, Badger returned and pieced together a 20 point scoring effort while never recording his fifth foul.
Senior Nate Feller fouled out in the fourth quarter after scoring 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting with seven rebounds. Sophomore Aidan Cord finished with eight points on 8-for-10 from the free-throw line. Senior Andrew Klein hit two big threes on his way to a seven point night. Senior Kameron Young scored six points and grabbed nine rebounds.
“Coach Newton’s defensive game plan was fantastic and we played with a lot of heart and passion all night,” said head coach Justin Einerson. “It’s nice to finally get this season going because these guys have been itching to put all those months of hard work to the test.”
The Rails face a tough test on Tuesday, December 10 back at the Roundhouse as Ankeny comes to town. The Hawks are fresh off a 60-57 win over North last night.
Fort Dodge 71
(0-1) Lincoln 70
Victor Hatungimana- 30 points
(1-0) Lincoln 51
Fort Dodge 43