It was a marathon week for the Lincoln Boys Basketball team that included three games in four days with two of them being late nights on the road. After a nail-biting win at Marshalltown and emotional victory at Roosevelt, the Railsplitters finished off the week in perfect fashion in a 63-47 win over a hungry young Hoover team.
The Huskies had three freshmen in the starting lineup and all three ended up leading Hoover with double figures. Chase Henderson had 17, Ali Hassen had 12 and Elijah Vos finished with 10. Henderson hit a 35 foot runner at the buzzer to end the first quarter in a 9-9 tie.
Lincoln got the ship moving the right direction in the second quarter as the Rails took a 26-18 lead into the locker room. From that point on, the Railsplitters built their advantage on their way to a 6-0 lead in the metro.
Ben Badger finished with 14 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Nate Feller finished with 13 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Kamron Francis finished with nine points.
The Railsplitters and Huskies both shot 45 percent from the field and were tight in three-point numbers as well with Lincoln making 9-of-23 and Hoover making 10-of-27. The Rails were able to get a 10-of-11 performance from the free throw line while Hoover only had one attempt. Lincoln also had 26 points in the paint compared to Hoover’s 12 and the Rails compiled 18 assists and just seven turnovers.
“We only committed four fouls the entire game, which ultimately was the difference in the game,” said Head Coach Justin Einerson. “We put a lot of pressure on the rim in our motion offense, even though they sent five five back in transition on every shot. (Coach) Rob Newton’s defensive plan was stout all week and our guys did a great job guarding the ball tonight.”
The Railsplitters are on a four-game winning streak, are 8-3 on the season and 6-0 in the CIML Metro. Lincoln is back in action Tuesday night at the Roundhouse as Urbandale (5-7) comes to town.