The Des Moines Lincoln Boys Basketball team was expecting a strong challenge Tuesday night, taking on a well-coached Marshalltown team on the road. But a 29-point effort by Bobcat sophomore Armonniey Thomas was almost enough to upend the Railsplitters in a game that ended in a 50-48 win for Lincoln.
Before Lincoln recorded a string of clutch defensive stops down the stretch to close off the road win in the fourth quarter, Lincoln’s runs were answered punch-by-punch by Thomas and Marshalltown freshman Drake Kapayou, who finished with 12 points on a 4-for-8 three-point effort.
Thomas and Kapayou combined for 32 of Marshalltown’s 38 shots from the field as well as 41 of 48 points.
In a game with a very low number of possessions in comparison to Lincoln’s previous eight games, the Railsplitters got 18 points and three assists by senior Ben Badger and 13 points and seven rebounds by senior Nate Feller. The balanced scoring attack included nine points from Andrew Klein and five from both Kamron Francis and Kameron Young.
“Marshalltown came to play tonight and we had to earn this one,” said fourth-year head coach Justin Einerson. “They have two young, dynamic scorers but we did a good job limiting them to one shot all night long. Offensively, we were a lot better in the half-court than the scoreboard shows and it’s nice to see us create looks for each other regardless of what defense we are seeing.”
While the box score shows even numbers in nearly every category, two of them stuck out when looking at the final result. First, the Rails outrebounded the Bobcats 24-15 and didn’t allow a single Marshalltown offensive rebound. Secondly, the Railsplitters were able to get to the free throw line, connecting on 13-of-18 from the charity stripe. Marshalltown was just 5-of-6 from the line.
Lincoln faces a quick turnaround with the rescheduled CIML Metro game at Roosevelt planned for Thursday night. Freshmen and JV play at 4:45, varsity plays at 7:45.
CIML Metro Standings:
North 5-0, 6-5 Overall
Lincoln 4-0, 6-3 Overall
Hoover 3-2, 5-8 Overall
Roosevelt 1-3, 2-7 Overall
Ottumwa 1-4, 5-7 Overall
East 0-4, 0-10 Overall