The Des Moines Lincoln Boys Basketball team faced another tough Tuesday test, this time on the road at Ames, who is fresh off a trip to the 4A State Tournament last season. Without two star players out due to injury, the Little Cyclones are off to a hot start. Despite Lincoln’s ability to race out to an early 20-6 lead, the Rails sputtered down the stretch, losing 56-43.
All of the Lincoln highlights occured in the first half as transition threes from Aidan Cord and Andrew Klein opened up driving lanes for Ben Badger, who finished with 16 points. A fierce man-to-man defensive effort helped Lincoln gain a 11-4 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The first two minutes of the second quarter were owned by the Railsplitters as well as the lead jumped to 20-6. From that point on, the Little Cyclones absolutely dominated the glass and finished the final 22 minutes of the game by outscoring Lincoln 50-23.
Senior Nate Feller had a chance to tie the game with 3:30 left in the fourth quarter and after a great move to freeze his defender in the post, the hook shot rimmed off. On the next possession the Rails forced a miss but were not able to finish with a rebound and an Ames putback gave the Little Cyclones a four-point advantage.
With Lincoln in a full-court press, Ames completed two passes over the top for layups in the closing seconds. Free throws helped balloon the lead to 13 in the closing stages.
Four games in and we’ve had 10-point leads in all four games,” said head coach Justin Einerson. “Despite our disappointment as a program tonight, I see that as a good sign of what we’re capable of if we can put everything together. We’ve got to be better on the glass and better in the half-court to win these games but our energy is awesome. This is such a fun team to coach.
With the loss, the Lincoln Boys fall to 2-2 while Ames jumps to 4-2. The stage is set Friday for a CIML Metro showdown on the west side between Hoover and Lincoln. The Huskies are coming off a 33-29 win over Fort Dodge Tuesday night and are also 1-0 in Metro play.
CIML Metro Standings
Hoover 3-3 (1-0 Metro)
Lincoln 2-2 (1-0 Metro)
North 2-4 (1-0 Metro)
Ottumwa 3-3 (0-1 Metro)
Roosevelt 0-5 (0-1 Metro)
East 0-5 (0-1) Metro