The Des Moines Lincoln boys basketball team traveled to the west side to take on the Hoover Huskies in a CIML Metro matchup Friday night to close the 2019 portion of the 2019-2020 season. Lincoln’s defense came to play, holding the Huskies to 25 percent from the field in a 54-27 Railsplitters victory.
Lincoln (2-0, 3-2 Overall) was led by senior Ben Badger who had 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Senior Nate Feller added 15 points and six rebounds while senior Kamron Francis dropped 10 points on 4-of-6 from the field.
In a low possession game, Lincoln held Hoover to single digits in the opening three quarters before the Huskies scored 10 in the fourth. The Railsplitters scored 20 points in the paint compared to Hoover’s six and Lincoln had 11 assists on 19 made field goals.
“We had a really good week defensively and all the credit goes to Rob Newton, who has to be the best assistant coach in the state right now,” said head coach Justin Einerson. “Newton’s attention to detail and preparation has changed the mentality of this group and made our guys obsessed with getting stops.”
The Rails saw both extremes in offensive production with a 116 point effort against East and a 43 point performance against Ames. A well-balanced 40 percent effort from the field was just what the doctor ordered for Einerson’s offense.
“This was as good as our half-court execution has been this season and that’s encouraging. We’ve done well in games where we can score in transition and have struggled when we can’t so it’s great to see us improving in those grind-it-out games like we had on Friday.”
The Railsplitters are off for winter break and return to action with a big CIML Metro showdown with Ottumwa on January 3rd at the Roundhouse.
CIML Metro Standings
Lincoln 2-0, 3-2 Overall
North 2-0, 3-4 Overall
Hoover 1-1, 3-5 Overall
Roosevelt 1-1, 1-5 Overall
Ottumwa 0-2, 3-4 Overall
East 0-2, 0-6 Overall