Lincoln Tops Hoover In Defensive Battle, 43-27

Game Highlights

The Lincoln Boys Basketball team had to wait an extra day to take on CIML Metro rival Hoover due to the Friday snowstorm, but the Rails defense was as sharp as it needed to be in a 43-27 win over the Huskies.

Hoover, running a 3-2 zone for the majority of the game, was able to slow the pace of the game from the start and the Rails held a slight 9-5 advantage after one period. Lincoln picked up the pace in quarter number two and tightened up the packline defense to take a 26-7 lead into halftime. In the second half, the Huskies outscored Lincoln 20-17.

Senior Josiah Conkrite led the way for Lincoln with 13 points and five rebounds. Junior Nate Feller found double figures as well, finishing with 11 points and three steals. Ben Badger and Ben Knoebel finished with 7 and 6 points respectively. Felix Gallagher led Lincoln on the boards with eight.

Lincoln held Hoover to 23.4 percent shooting and 2-of-13 from three. The Rails finished with eight assists and seven turnovers on the night. Lincoln gets right back to action in celebration of MLK Day on Monday night with a 7pm tip at the Roundhouse against Atlantic.

CIML Metro Standings:

North 7-0, 11-2 Overall

Hoover 5-2, 10-4 Overall

Lincoln 4-3, 6-6 Overall

Ottumwa 3-4, 4-9 Overall

East 1-5, 1-10 Overall

Roosevelt 0-6, 2-10 Overall






Lincoln Outlasts Marshalltown, 54-45 Tuesday Night

The Lincoln Boys Basketball team was coming off a loss at North where the Railsplitters gave up 26 points in the final seven minutes after tying the game in the fourth quarter. The Rails were not going to make that mistake again. In a see-saw battle at the Roundhouse Tuesday night, Lincoln put on the clamps in the fourth quarter, limiting the Bobcats to just four points in the final frame as the Rails escaped with a 54-45 win.

Marshalltown came into the game at 7-4 with some impressive victories on the Bobcats resume. An overtime win at Ankeny Centennial and a one point win against Dowling shows the kind of mettle the Rails had to deal with Tuesday night. From the tip, the action didn’t disappoint.

Lincoln and Marshalltown traded leads throughout the first quarter and Ben Badger’s buzzer beating heave left the Railsplitters down 18-16 heading into the second. The two teams stayed on the see-saw through the second and third periods and Lincoln went into the final frame with a 43-41 advantage.

Up three with three minutes left, the Bobcats forced a turnover and sprinted the length of the floor. Lincoln senior Josiah Conkrite chased down the ball and picked up a crucial steal, sprinted up the floor and finished a contested layup to give the Rails a 5-point lead. Lincoln never looked back as the defensive intensity continued through the final whistle.

In his return to the lineup after missing the North game with the flu, Josiah Conkrite scored 22 points on 9-of-17 shooting with three assists. Junior guard Ben Badger scored 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting with two assists. Senior sniper Ben Knoebel finished the game with 10 points and six rebounds.

The Railsplitters held Marshalltown to 34 percent from the field and 6-of-23 from three. Lincoln heads up to Hoover on Friday night for a CIML Metro rematch with Hoover. Game time is set for 7:45 pm.

CIML Metro Standings

North (6-0), 10-2

Hoover (5-1), 10-3

Ottumwa (3-3), 4-8

Lincoln (3-3), 5-6

East (1-5), 1-10

Roosevelt (0-6), 2-1047013639_715981885453618_5689813927454572544_n


Polar Bears Outgun Rails in a North side Shootout, 87-76


The Lincoln Boys Basketball team was in for a tough test against the high-ranked North Polar Bears Friday Night. To add to the challenge, the Railsplitters were without star guard Josiah Conkrite, who averages just shy of 19 points per game due to the flu.

Lincoln came out firing behind senior wing Ben Knoebel, who was red-hot all night. Knoebel hit two threes in the opening possessions in the game on his way to a 7-for-13 night from behind the arch and a team-high 26 points.

The Rails were hit by the turnover bug in the second quarter and North was able to turn those turnovers into points, grabbing a 13 point lead into the halftime break.

The Rails found their stride in the third and early fourth quarter, riding the broad shoulders of 6-8 senior Logan Sharp, who finished with 19 points on just nine attempts to go with eight rebounds.

With six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Lincoln tied the game at 60 before the Polar Bears made a decisive 10 point run to ice the game. The turnovers ended up being the story of the game as Lincoln had 24 compared to North’s 13.┬áLincoln finished with 18 assists, a new season high.

The Rails return home Tuesday night to take on Marshalltown.

CIML Metro Standings:

North (6-0), 9-2

Hoover (5-1), 9-3

Ottumwa (3-3), 4-8

Lincoln (3-3), 4-6

East (1-5), 1-9

Roosevelt (0-6), 2-8




Railsplitters Schooled by Unbeaten Warriors in Waukee


After two consecutive wins, the Lincoln Boys Basketball team strolled into a packed Waukee Fieldhouse with confidence on Tuesday night. Lincoln’s quest to take down the undefeated Warriors fell away in the third quarter when Waukee was able to stretch the 13-point WHS halftime lead out to 29 on the back of a 24-8 period.

Lincoln’s offense struggled mightily and the Railsplitters finished with just 41 points, which was 21 points below average for the Rails and the lowest scoring total on the year for the Southsiders.

On the flip side, Waukee was red-hot in all facets offensively. Waukee’s 25 made baskets came on 20 assists. The Warriors shot 57 percent from the field and 10-of-19 from three, which put their effective field goal percentage at an astounding 69 percent.

Waukee also owned the paint, besting the Rails 26-20 in paint points and out-rebounding them 34-26.

Lincoln did show its teeth in the first half, jumping out to an early lead midway through the first and closing the last two minutes of the half with a big run to cut the deficit from 18 to 11.

Another big test awaits the Rails as they travel to the north side to take on the 8-2 North Polar Bears on Friday night. Varsity tip-off is scheduled for 7:45pm.

CIML Metro Standings

North (5-0), 8-2 Overall

Hoover (4-1), 8-3 Overall

Lincoln (3-2), 4-5 Overall

Ottumwa (2-3), 3-8 Overall

East (1-4), 1-8 Overall

Roosevelt (0-5), 2-8 Overall



Rails Catch Fire in 86-47 Win over East

Game Highlights

The Des Moines Lincoln Boys Basketball team was red-hot Friday night in a 86-47 win over East at the Roundhouse. Senior guard Josiah Conkrite led Lincoln with 28 points on a very efficient 10-for-17 from the field, hitting 7-of-12 from three. Conkrite also added five assists. The most impressive of them was a 75-foot baseball pass that hit teammate Ben Knoebel in stride for a layup.

Knoebel finished with 15 points on a 4-for-10 performance from the field. Senior center Logan Sharp tallied a double-double for the Railsplitters in his return from an illness, recording 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Lincoln raced out to a 21-12 lead at the end of the first quarter and kept the foot on the gas all the way through the third, tallying 21 in the second and 29 in the third.

The Railsplitters connected on 31-of-55 from the field and 10-of-23 from three. Lincoln did struggle from the free throw line, converting on just 14-of-24.

The Rails take on 8-0 Waukee on Tuesday night at the Waukee Fieldhouse. Tip off is scheduled for 7:45pm.

CIML Metro Standings:

North (5-0), 8-2 Overall

Hoover (4-1), 7-3 Overall

Lincoln (3-2), 4-4 Overall

Ottumwa (2-3), 3-7 Overall

East (1-4), 1-8 Overall

Roosevelt (0-5), 2-7 Overall


Rails Snap Streak with 61-53 Win over Roosevelt


The Lincoln High School Boys Basketball team has had a tough two weeks since its 2-0 start, dropping four straight games. The last two games for the Rails came down to the final possession. On Friday night in a battle between two teams with their backs against the wall in the CIML Metro, the Railsplitters took three straight fourth quarter charges to build the deficit and clinch the win over Roosevelt 61-53 at the Roundhouse.

The Roughriders came in to the game Friday with a five-game losing streak but had star point guard Marcus Edwards back in the lineup after missing two games. Roosevelt also had talented junior wing Romanique Hellems ready to play his second game of the season.

On the other side of the coin was a Lincoln team who was without senior center Logan Sharp, who missed his second straight game with a sickness. The Rails were also without junior guard Nate Feller who injured his chin in a second quarter collision in Ottumwa Tuesday night.

With two starters out, the Rails played a seven-man rotaton that included Karon Allen and Kameron Young at the forward spots, moving Felix Gallagher to the starting center spot, backed up by Maiwut Jock. Lincoln guards Ben Badger, Josiah Conkrite and Ben Knoebel played all 32 minutes.

The Roughriders came out firing, taking a 16-14 lead at the end of the first quarter on some sharpshooting by Edwards and Peter Ngo. The Lincoln offense came alive in quarter number two through four threes by Josiah Conkrite, taking a 34-31 lead into locker rooms.

Lincoln stretched the lead out to 10 in the middle of the third quarter, simulating the exact situation the Rails were in on Tuesday night in Ottumwa. On Tuesday, the Rails relinquished the lead, giving the Bulldogs a chance to capitalize down the stretch. Again, on Friday night, Lincoln’s lead shrunk to one and the Roughriders sat down one with a few minutes to play in the fourth.

In three consecutive possessions, the Railsplitters took charges. One by Josiah Conkrite, one by Ben Badger and one by Kameron Young. Leading by one with two minutes left, Felix Gallagher stepped up and knocked down an open three to stretch the Lincoln lead to four. The Rails never looked back, winning 61-53.

Conkrite finished with 26 points on six threes. Badger finished with 18 points and four assists. Gallagher grabbed ten rebounds to go along with his eight points.

Lincoln shot 13-of-16 from the free throw line and connected on 40.8 percent from the field. The Rails made 8-of-23 from the three point line. Roosevelt shot 37 percent from the field and just 40 percent from the free throw line.

The Rails are off until Friday, December 28th when they begin preparation for Des Moines East on January 4th at the Roundhouse.


North (4-0), 7-2 Overall

Hoover (3-1), 6-3

Ottumwa (2-2), 3-6

Lincoln (2-2), 3-4

East (1-3), 1-7

Roosevelt (0-4), 2-6


Bulldogs edge Rails in Shootout in Ottumwa

Highlights Vs. Ottumwa

The Des Moines Lincoln Boys Basketball team looked to snap a three-game losing streak in Ottumwa on Tuesday night. The Bulldogs stretched that Lincoln losing streak to four on the back of a 13-for-15 shooting night in the paint. Ottumwa outgunned the Rails in the end of a 32-minute shootout, 63-60.


The Bulldogs showed their teeth early, jumping out to an 8-2 lead. Ottumwa’s offense stayed efficient all night as it dominated the paint, stayed consistent from three, and buried one midrange shot after another. The Rails had the offense rolling as well, shooting 44 percent on the night and connecting on 11 threes.

The Railsplitters took a 40-30 lead midway through the third quarter before Ottumwa answered with a run to cut the deficit to three going into the final period. The two teams traded blows throughout the fourth quarter. The Rails would take a lead between two and four points, the Bulldogs would erase it. In the end, free throws and loose balls were the difference.

Ottumwa shot 11-for-12 from the free throw line while Lincoln connected on just 1-of-5. The Bulldogs also picked up three loose balls in the fourth quarter, giving them three extra possessions down the stretch.

Josiah Conkrite had a shot to tie at the buzzer but the shot found iron and Lincoln fell to 2-4 on the year.

Ben Knoebel came off the bench to score 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting. Conkrite added 14 points on 7-for-14 shooting. Junior guard Ben Badger scored 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting.

The Rails were 11-for-29 from three and finished with 11 assists against 8 turnovers. Lincoln closes the first third of the season with a home clash with rival Roosevelt on Friday, December 21. Tip scheduled for 7:45pm.

CIML Metro Standings:

Hoover (3-0), 6-2 Overall

North (3-0), 5-2 Overall

Ottumwa (1-2), 2-6 Overall

Lincoln (1-2), 2-4 Overall

East (1-2), 1-5 Overall

Roosevelt (0-3), 2-5 Overall



Huskies Top Rails 68-63 in a Roundhouse Barnburner Friday

Game Highlights

The Des Moines Lincoln Boys Basketball team came out firing on Friday night but the Hoover Huskies rode the talents of two players on to a 68-63 win over the Rails at the Roundhouse.

With both teams coming off of losses Tuesday, there was a sense of desperation in the air right from the opening tip. The two teams who had been struggling for offense early in the season closed the first half 20-19, Lincoln on top. Hoover took a three point advantage into the locker rooms in what was a see-saw game through the first half.

Hoover’s senior wing Adam Jackson was the story of the night. Jackson came into the game averaging 11 points per game and was 11 percent from three. Jackson exploded for 40 points, almost all off of isolations off the dribble against various, and sometimes all, Lincoln defenders. Jackson was 11-for-23 from the field and 5-for-11 from three.

Adding a second punch was Hoover’s Manny Austin, who scored 22 points on 7-of-12 shooting. Only six Husky points came from players other than Jackson and Austin as Hoover employed an all-ISO offense for the majority of the game.

Lincoln was led by junior point guard Ben Badger, who got his second start of the year. Badger had 22 points including a key three-pointer from deep to cut Hoover’s lead to 65-63 late in the game. Ben Knoebel scored 16 points off the bench for Lincoln.

Hoover was able to stretch a three-point lead at the beginning of the fourth quarter to a double digit lead with 6:00 minutes remaining in the period. With their backs against the wall, Lincoln got some key stops and forced some key turnovers in the press that gave them chances to cut into the deficit.

After Badger’s three that made the score 65-63, Lincoln Coach Justin Einerson called his final timeout to set-up a trap on the inbound. The Rails were called for a foul on the inbound and the Huskies went to the line. The first free-throw rimmed out, the second went in. As Ben Badger cut to catch the inbound pass, he slipped and Manny Austin stole the ball and finished a layin to seal the game for Hoover.

Lincoln moves back on the road to take on Ottumwa Tuesday night. The Rails return to the Roundhouse on Friday, December 21 in a clash with Roosevelt.

CIML Metro Standings:

Hoover (2-0) Metro, 5-2 overall

North (2-0), 4-2

Lincoln (1-1), 2-3

East (1-1), 1-5

Roosevelt (0-2), 2-4

Ottumwa (0-2), 1-5








Ames’ Stars Shine as Rails Fall to Little Cyclones



The Des Moines Lincoln Boys Basketball team finally came home to the Roundhouse for its home opener on Tuesday night. Ames was coming off a two-point loss to Johnston and the Little Cyclones were red-hot Tuesday night, dropping the Railsplitters 65-45.

Lincoln, coming off a strong defensive performance at Ankeny last week, struggled to stop Ames’ two stars, Japannah Kellogg (Green Bay Commit) and freshman Tamin Lipsey, who’s receiving a lot of attention by Division I recruiters. Kellogg and Lipsey combined for 40 points on 17-of-28 shooting.

Missing from the Railsplitters lineup was defensive and rebounding specialist Felix Gallagher, who received a suspension due to a flagrant foul called at Ankeny. Stepping into the starting lineup was Maiwut Jock, who finished with four points and two rebounds in his 15 minutes.

Josiah Conkrite once again led the Rails in scoring with 15, but he struggled from the field, connecting on 5-of-15. Nate Feller added 12 on 5-of-10 shooting.

Ames got out to a 8-2 lead in the first quarter before the Rails answered with back-to-back threes. The Little Cyclones responded, jumping out to a 20-10 lead at the conclusion of the first quarter.

Lincoln had a strong second quarter and stabilized the deficit at 10 going into halftime. Ames flexed its muscle in the third, winning the period 17-4 and opening the lead to 50-27 into the fourth. Lincoln finished the game strong, but the damage was done by that third quarter Little Cyclones run.

Lincoln shot 37.5 percent from the field and connected on just 6-of-25 three point attempts. Ames shot a very efficient 54.2 percent and finished 5-of-13 from deep.

The Rails are back to CIML Metro play Friday night with a clash at the Roundhouse with Hoover. Hoover took a loss at home Tuesday night as well, dropping a low-scoring affair with Fort Dodge.

CIML Standings:

Hoover (1-0) Metro, 4-1 overall

North (1-0), 3-2

Lincoln (1-0), 2-2

Roosevelt (0-1), 2-3

Ottumwa (0-1), 1-4

East (0-1), 0-5


Lincoln’s Defense Shines but Rails Fall Short to Ankeny


The Des Moines Lincoln Boys Basketball team traveled up to Ankeny Tuesday night for a showdown with the Hawks, who have been getting a lot of attention in local rankings since the start of the new season. The Rails led early and finished strong but it was Ankeny who picked up a 55-45 victory.

Lincoln (2-1) was without leading scorer and senior floor leader Josiah Conkrite, who injured his ankle in the fourth quarter against East on Saturday. Junior point guard Ben Badger filled the role nicely, leading the Rails with 16 points on a very efficient 5-of-10 shooting. Senior Logan Sharp added 10 points of his own to go with 8 rebounds.

The Rails stormed out to an early 8-2 lead before Ankeny’s Dillon Carlson gave the Hawks the lead on a trio of three pointers. Carlson would finish 3-of-3 from deep with 13 points. Ankeny took a 12 point lead into the locker room but Lincoln stormed back once again, cutting the deficit to six.

The Hawks responded with a big run to stretch the advantage to 19 before the Railsplitters were able to trim it back to 10 before the finish.

Lincoln struggled offensively, turning the ball over 20 times to go with just five assists. The Railsplitters shot 38.1 percent from the field and were 3-of-12 from deep.

On the bright side, Lincoln’s defense was stout on the road once again. Ankeny scored over 80 points in each of their first two games but the Rails held them to 55 points on 37.5 percent from the field. Ankeny was just 6-of-21 from deep.

The Railsplitters will try to get the offense back and rolling for the home opener at the Roundhouse on Tuesday, November 11.