With a total of 40 turnovers in the contest, it wasn’t pretty, but the Lincoln Varsity Boys Basketball team moved to 2-0 on the season with a 75-61 win over East on Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena. (The scoreboard read 76-63 but official stats have changed after film review confirmed a 75-61 final).
Lincoln got out to a fast start, grabbing a 14-3 lead over the Scarlets in the first four minutes. As East has done in all three of their contests so far this season, the Scarlets battled back, closing the gap to 19-16 after one.
The Railsplitters’ advantage grew to double digits multiple times in the game, only to shrink when East’s active full court pressure was able to turn Lincoln over. The Rails had 20 turnovers on the night to go with just 12 assists. Lincoln carried a 16-point advantage into the fourth quarter and went on to win by 14.
Once again, senior point guard Josiah Conkrite led the way for Lincoln, scoring 21 points with eight rebounds and five assists. Junior Nate Feller had 11 points to go along with eight rebounds and three assists. Both big men for Lincoln got into the scoring act as well as Logan Sharp and Maiwut Jock each netted 10 points. Jock also had eight rebounds while Sharp added six.
Lincoln shot 41.3 percent on the night compared to East’s 36.2. The Rails connected on just 4-of-17 three pointers in the cavernous Wells Fargo Arena and struggled from the free-throw line as well, converting on 19-of-32 for 59.4 percent.
The Rails are 2-0 for the first time since 2007 but the road gets tougher as Lincoln heads to Ankeny to take on the 2-0 Hawks on Tuesday night.
The Des Moines Lincoln Boys Basketball team had a tough assignment to open the 2018-2019 campaign on Tuesday night. Fort Dodge is long, athletic, well-coached and regularly sends players to college on scholarship. The Dodgers, who are traditionally very good at home, finished 14-9 a year ago and as always, were up to the challenge the Rails presented them.
With the offense sputtering for Lincoln, the defense shined in what turned out to be a grind-it-out 52-47 win for the Railsplitters in hostile territory.
Ben Knoebel made a splash early, connecting on three from behind the arch to give the Rails and early 9-2 lead. Knoebel finished with 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting, all from deep.
The Dodgers were able to slow the pace of the game throughout the remainder of the first half and Lincoln brought a slim 22-19 lead into the locker rooms.
The grind continued in the third quarter. The Rails jumped out to a nine-point lead when a run of turnovers brought the Dodgers right back within three by the end of the period.
Josiah Conkrite, who had 35 points for the Rails in the exhibition game against Winterset, was held scoreless through the first two periods. In the second half, Conkrite came to life, scoring 15 points to give Lincoln the boost needed to pull away for the win.
Conkrite finished with 15 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds. Knoebel finished with 18 points and four rebounds as well. Junior Nate Feller scored 10 points on eight shots and grabbed six rebounds.
In the front court, Logan Sharp and Felix Gallagher grabbed 25 rebounds between them. Gallagher grabbed 13 to go along with his four points.
Fort Dodge was held to just 27.6 percent from the field and 2-of-11 from three. Lincoln shot 36.4 percent from the field and connected on 7-of-25 from three.
The 1-0 Lincoln Railsplitters take on Des Moines East downtown on Saturday. The game is scheduled for 3:30pm and a ticket for the Lincoln-East game is also good for the Wolves-Suns game that tips at 7pm.
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Saturday, November 24th is unofficially opening day for all three Des Moines Lincoln Boys Basketball teams. Winterset takes a trip to the Roundhouse this year for the Annual Pride Scrimmage between the two programs. Varsity will start at 4:30pm with the sophomore and 9th grade games following. Saturday’s exhibition will be mark the tip-off to a season that’s seeing some raised expectations for the Railsplitters.
After a 5-18 campaign that featured 14 games decided by 11 points or less last year, Lincoln brings back the majority of its varsity contributors for the first time in Head Coach Justin Einerson’s tenure.
At the wings, junior Nate Feller returns for his third year as a starter, joined by senior sniper Ben Knoebel. Seniors Felix Gallagher and Karon Allen return in the front court as senior Logan Sharp and junior Maiwut Jock hold down the center position.
Varsity newcomers include junior point guard Andrew Klein, junior guard James Anderson, junior forward Alex Crimmins and senior wing Marcos Sandoval. Freshmen Aidan Cord and Victor Hatungimana have been spending some practice time with the varsity and are on the fringe of being contributors in their ninth grade season.
Lights, Camera, Action
TJ Rushing and PrepHoops.com predicted the Rails to finish third in the CIML Metro behind North and Hoover.
“Des Moines Lincoln (5-18)
An intriguing group of guys will take the floor for the Railsplitters this winter. They’ve put in the time this offseason to cultivate a solid squad, and are looking to start building a winning culture on Des Moines’ Southside starting now. Josiah Conkrite will be one of the more dynamic players in the conference. Felix Gallagher will bring the energy and leadership. Nate Feller and Ben Knoebel have the experience. And Maiwut Jock could be electrifying.”
Rushing also featured junior Maiwut Jock as the league’s biggest sleeper.
You wouldn’t be able to check the stats to see this big and long center could be a dynamo for the Rails this season, he averaged 1.4 points and 1.4 rebounds a season ago. But after seeing him in action this summer with Lincoln, it was clear that the 6’8 big-man has rim-wrecking ability and mega shot-blocking potential. He makes Lincoln just that much more intriguing this season.”
After rolling to a 9-1 start in the first half of summer season, the Lincoln Varsity Boys Basketball team dropped three of four contests in week three. The Railsplitters saw a dip in scoring over the four game span but still put together some gritty defensive performances.
Senior point guard Josiah Conkrite missed week three with an ankle injury, giving Ben Badger and James Anderson a prime opportunity take control at the point. Badger averaged 6.8 points per game in week three.
With Felix Gallagher out of town, Kameron Young and Karon Allen also had a chance to slide into more prominent roles in the Rails offense. Karon scored 4.5 points per game and grabbed three rebounds per game in week three.
Logan Sharp led the Rails in scoring and rebounding, averaging just under 10 points and eight boards.
Norwalk 59, Lincoln 36:
Almost exactly a week after Lincoln cruised to a 64-52 win over Norwalk at Simpson College, the Warriors turned the tables in a big way at Urbandale’s Summer Shootout.
Once again, Lincoln was able to hold Norwalk under 40 percent from the field but a woeful offensive outing by the Railsplitters sealed a runaway win for the 2018 3A State Qualifiers.
Lincoln shot 23.5 percent from the field, 15 percent from three and 39 percent from the free throw line in the loss. Ben Badger and Logan Sharp each netted 11 for the Rails.
Urbandale 56, Lincoln 42:
Unfortunately for Lincoln, the shooting slump continued in game two. And for the second game in a row, the Rails were defeated by a team they beat at Simpson the week before. The host Urbandale Jayhawks held the Rails to 27 percent from the field. Lincoln took 29 three point attempts in the 32-minute contest but only connected on six of them.
Nate Feller finished with 14 points. The Rails had the deficit hovering in the 6-8 range before a final push in the closing minutes sealed the win for Urbandale.
Lincoln 58, Winterset 50:
The lone bright spot of Saturday’s competition was a 58-50 win over 3A rising power Winterset. Facing a zone defense for the majority of the day, the Rails continued to struggle shooting the ball but saw a boost in offensive rebounding and defense that helped them cruise to a 38-25 halftime lead.
Winterset fought to the end, but the Rails used a 30 rebound advantage to hold off the Huskies.
Senior post Logan Sharp finished with 18 points on nine shot attempts and 14 rebounds. Ben Knoebel added 11 points.
Des Moines North 66, Lincoln 60:
The North Polar Bears were lightning hot in the first half of Central Iowa Summer League, running out to a 44-25 advantage.
Lincoln fought back, riding a furious charge in the closing minutes that saw the deficit close to six. Though North finished the game at 49 percent from the field, the Rails saw one of their best shooting performances of the summer as they converted at 46.4 percent on the night.
Nate Feller scored 14 points while Maiwut Jock and Felix Gallagher added 10 of their own.
Week Four Schedule:
Friday, June 22 at Grand View:
8:00- Lincoln Varsity vs Newton, Court 2
9:15- Lincoln JV vs Dowling JV, Court 3
11:45- Lincoln Varsity vs GV Christian, Court 1
11:45- Lincoln JV vs Fort Dodge JV, Court 3
3:30- Lincoln Varsity vs Ankeny, Court 1
Saturday, June 23 at Grand View:
9:15- Lincoln Varsity vs Ballard, Court 2
1:00- Lincoln Varsity vs Winterset, Court 3
6:00- Lincoln JV vs Ballard JV, Court 3
7:15- Lincoln JV vs North JV, Court 3
The Lincoln Boys Varsity Basketball team has a big challenge ahead in week three of the summer season. The Railsplitters join seven other central Iowa programs in the Urbandale Summer Shootout Saturday, June 16 at Urbandale High School.
The classic format of the tournament and the shot clock will make Saturday a bit unique to the June schedule for the Rails.
Lincoln opens with Norwalk at 9am in the North Gym. The Rails opened the Simpson Classic with the same opponent last weekend. Norwalk is a 3A power with Division I prospect Bowen Born leading the Warriors from the backcourt.
Game two’s 11:40am tip will feature either a rematch with Urbandale or Ames depending on the winners in round one. The Rails rode a 26-6 second half run to pick up a 47-41 victory over Urbandale on Saturday in Indianola. Ames has had Lincoln’s number over the past few years. Last winter Ames took the win on the southside by holding the Rails to only eight points in the second half.
Game three will be at either 2:20, 3:40 or 5:00 depending on the success the Rails find in the first two. 5pm’s championship tip will feature either Dowling Catholic, Southeast Polk, Valley or Winterset from the other side of the eight team bracket.
On Tuesday June 19, the Railsplitters are back at Urbandale High School for an 8pm tip with CIML Metro rival Des Moines North.
The Lincoln Boys Varsity Basketball team picked up three wins at Simpson College this past weekend and a Central Iowa Summer League win over DC-G on Tuesday night. The 4-0 week put them at 9-1 overall at the halfway point of the June live period.
Josiah Conkrite led the Railsplitters in scoring over the last four games at 14 points per game. During that span Conkrite shot 59 percent from two and 33 percent behind the arc.
Nate Feller averaged 9.5 points and six boards per game on 46 percent shooting from the field. Feller led the Rails with a +/- rating of +48 over the last four games. This means that the entire team was 48 points to the good during Nate’s time on the floor.
Senior center Logan Sharp had a big week for the Rails as well, scoring just under eight points per game on 65 percent shooting. Sharp also averaged eight rebounds. Logan’s counterpart, junior Maiwut Jock, gained a lot of attention for a block that led to a dunk in the Urbandale game. Jock shot 54 percent in week two with three blocks and five rebounds per game.
Lincoln 64, Norwalk 52:
Norwalk won 22 games last year and was a state qualifier in class 3A. In the 2017-2018 campaign, the Warriors shot 52 percent from the field and 41.2 percent from three.
On Saturday morning at Simpson College, the Rails held Norwalk to 37 percent shooting and 37 percent from three.
The Warriors edged the Rails in three point makes and percentage but Lincoln outscored Norwalk 36-18 in the paint and out-rebounded the Warriors by 17.
Conkrite and Feller each had 11 for the Rails. Felix Gallagher finished with nine points and eight rebounds.
Lincoln 62, Carlisle 49:
Much like game one, Lincoln held Carlisle to 37 percent shooting in the afternoon game at Simpson. The Rails struggled from the field, only shooting 33 percent but were able to draw 22 free throw attempts, converting on 16.
Feller led the Rails in scoring with 16 points on 4-of-8 shooting while grabbing seven rebounds. Conkrite scored 13 on a 3-of-7 performance behind the three point line.
Lincoln 47, Urbandale 41:
The nightcap of the Simpson Classic saw Lincoln stumble out of the gate against Urbandale, but ride a 26-6 second half run to victory.
Urbandale was held to 35 percent shooting from the field and 23 percent from deep as the Rails converted on 40 percent of their field goal attempts.
Again, Lincoln won the points in the paint battle, 32-18. The Rails also out-rebounded the Jayhawks by a count of 44-22.
Conkrite led the Rails in scoring with 15 on 6-of-10 from the field. Logan Sharp had seven points and nine rebounds while fellow post Maiwut Jock had six points and seven rebounds.
Lincoln 57, Dallas Center-Grimes 43:
A red hot Mustangs three point effort to start the Central Iowa Summer League contest on Tuesday night left the Rails in a 20-20 tie as the end of the first half approached.
DC-G put on a three-point air show in the first half before the Rails buckled down and turned a 20-20 tie into a 50-28 lead.
The Mustangs finished at just 37.8 percent from the field but were 6-of-14 from deep. Lincoln shot a touch under 40 percent from the field and connected on just 5-of-19 from deep.
The separation came in the hustle stats. The Rails scored 19 points off turnovers, 21 second chance points and beat DC-G 34-20 on points in the paint.
Conkrite scored 17 points on 8-of-15 shooting despite struggling from three at 1-for-6. Nate Feller scored nine points and had six rebounds. Logan Sharp finished with eight points and eight rebounds. Maiwut Jock came down with six rebounds, two assists and three steals from the center spot.
Juniors Ben Badger and Kamron Francis each scored seven points.
The Lincoln High School Varsity Boys Basketball Team opened the June live period with five consecutive wins at the June Jamboree in Ames over the weekend before dropping game one of summer league against Johnston Tuesday.
Josiah Conkrite led the Rails in scoring in week one, averaging just over 10 points per game despite an ankle injury that kept him out of Sunday’s action. Nate Feller averaged just over nine points per game in the first six contests. Feller also led the Rails in rebounds with 36.
Lincoln 51, Boone 31:
The Rails got out to a strong start defensively Tuesday at All-Iowa Attack, holding Boone High School to 31 points and 30 percent shooting from the field. Lincoln also held Boone to a 2-of-13 performance from the three point line.
Senior center Logan Sharp led the Railsplitters in scoring with 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting. Sharp also tallied five boards. Senior point guard Josiah Conkrite scored 10 points, grabbed five rebounds with two assists in the win.
Lincoln finished with seven assists and just seven turnovers while grabbing 16 offensive rebounds.
Lincoln 63, Greene County 40:
Josiah Conkrite’s 20 points and five rebounds left Lincoln cruising to a 2-0 start Saturday. A balanced attack saw Nate Feller, Kamron Francis and Ben Badger all contribute seven points while the Rails assisted on eight attempts with just six turnovers.
Lincoln outrebounded the Rams by 16 and held them to 34 percent from the field while forcing 15 GC turnovers.
Lincoln 62, Newton 57:
A sharpshooting 4A Newton squad took a two point lead into the halftime break Saturday evening before some stingy defense by junior Kameron Young was able to seal win number three for the Railsplitters.
Newton took 32 three point attempts in 32 minutes, connecting on 13 of them. Lincoln was only able to connect on 1-of-15 attempts from deep, relying on 16 offensive rebounds and 48 points in the paint to win the contest.
Nate Feller had a double-double for the Railsplitters, scoring with 14 points on 5-of-10 from the field and grabbing 10 rebounds. Replacing the injured Josiah Conkrite, junior point guard Ben Badger finished with nine points. Lincoln committed just six turnovers.
Lincoln 85, Denver 33:
Five finished in double figures in game one Sunday while Lincoln rode 66 points in the paint on their way to a cozy 52 point win over Denver.
The Rails forced 22 turnovers, 20 of them steals while assisting on 18 made shots with only eight turnovers.
Nate Feller finished with 15, Logan Sharp had 14, Karon Allen had 12, Kamron Francis and Ben Badger each finished with 11.
Both Feller and Badger tallied four assists as the Rails moved to 4-0 on the weekend.
Lincoln 60, Spirit Lake 43:
A slow start by the Rails was met with a monster second half as Lincoln clinched Pool B with a 5-0 record on the weekend. After a 22-21 first half, the Rails outscored Spirit Lake 40-22 in the second.
Once again, Feller led the scoring with 14 on 4-of-7 shooting and five rebounds. Ben Knoebel contributed nine points on 4-of-7 from the field as well.
Again, the Rails dominated on the glass, outrebounding Spirit Lake by 10. Lincoln also committed just seven turnovers while winning 40-18 in the paint.
Johnston 49, Lincoln 33:
Lincoln’s foray back into CIML play Tuesday night featured a familiar foe and unfortunately, a familiar result. Johnston’s hot start from the field mixed with Lincoln’s sluggish start gave the Dragons a 27-11 lead into the break.
Lincoln rallied to win the second half 24-22 but still fell in the game 49-33. Some positives for the Rails came on the defensive end as Lincoln was able to get the Dragons back down to 40 percent shooting on the night after starting just shy of 70 percent in the first half.
Lincoln won the points in the paint battle 18-16 and matched Johnston on the boards. The difference came at the three point line where Johnston went 10-of-23 while Lincoln hit 2-of-14. The Rails also had their worst ball control contest of the week, committing 12 turnovers.
An injured Josiah Conkrite led Lincoln with nine points and junior Kamron Francis added seven.
The Rails are back on the floor this weekend at Simpson College with both a varsity and JV team.
Simpson College Team Camp Schedule:
10:30am- Lincoln vs Norwalk (Hopper Gymnasium)
1:00pm- Lincoln vs Carlisle (Blake Fieldhouse 2)
4:45pm- Lincoln vs Urbandale (Cowles Fieldhouse)
11:45am- Lincoln JV vs IC West JV (Blake Fieldhouse 2)
2:15pm- Lincoln JV vs Centennial JV (Blake Fieldhouse 2)
6:00pm- Lincoln JV vs North JV (Blake Fieldhouse 1)
The Lincoln Boys Varsity Basketball team’s live period begins as soon as the final bell rings at Lincoln High School Friday morning. Head Coach Justin Einerson will have the Railsplitters on the floor just one time to prepare for the June Jamboree at All Iowa Attack’s facilities in Ames.
Friday’s practice will be little more than a re-introduction for the Rails, who return 50 percent of their scoring from the 2017-2018 season. The now experienced Railsplitters also return seven players who started games last season.
Lincoln will play in Varsity Pool B Saturday and Sunday. The pool also includes recent 4A state qualifier Newton, 3A power Spirit Lake along with Greene County and Denver from 2A. The Rails will also play Ballard out of 3A in a crossover game.
*All contests at “The Fieldhouse”
1010 Dickenson Avenue
Ames, IA 50014
12:05pm- Lincoln vs Ballard, Ct 2
3:20pm- Lincoln vs Green County, Ct 3
6:35pm- Lincoln vs Newton, ct 3
9am- Lincoln vs Denver, ct 4
11:10am- Lincoln vs Spirit Lake, ct 3
The Rails will also run a JV team at the June Jamboree. Coached by second-year sophomore head coach Connor Quijano, the team will be comprised of a mix of upper and lower classmen who are hoping to make a jump into the varsity lineup in the near future. A challenging JV Pool A greats the JV Rails as they take on 2A state qualifier Applington Parkersburg, Ankeny Centennial, Spirit Lake and Ponca.
12:05pm- Lincoln JV vs Spirit Lake JV, ct 4
2:15pm- Lincoln JV vs Applington Parkersburg JV
4:25pm- Lincoln JV vs TBA, ct 2
12:15pm- Lincoln JV vs Ponca JV, ct 2
2:25pm- Lincoln JV vs Ankeny Centennial JV, ct 1
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The Rails are back in action during the high school live period in June. Lincoln lost just two seniors from last year’s squad and returns seven players with varsity starts under their belts.
Players to Watch, 2019
Point Guard Josiah Conkrite was named to the CIML Metro Second Team in winter after tallying 9.7 points and three assists per game while shooting 34 percent from behind the arc. He’s joined in senior backcourt by Ben Knoebel, who shot 30 percent from three on his way to 5 points per game. Felix Gallagher moves to wing for the Rails this year after leading the team in minutes from the center position in the 2017-2018. Gallagher, a dynamic inside-outside defender continues to see huge growths in his perimeter game as he spends his grassroots season with Beyond Ball. 6’8 center Logan Sharp is also spending his summer season with Beyond Ball as he shares time between the top 17U program and 24K squad run by John Lamb. Sharp’s focus this offseason has been on his end-to-end presence as he adjusts from a skilled power post into a high-impact rim-runner.
Players to Watch, 2020
Nate Feller’s concussion in January didn’t just take 7.4 points per game off the floor for Lincoln in February. As Lincoln’s primary defender, best wing rebounder and best perimeter shooter, the Rails struggled to match the production the sophomore provided in two years as a varsity starter. Feller returns to the lineup healthy and ready for a big junior campaign. Joining Nate in the backcourt is Ben Badger, a three-sport Lincoln star who saw time on both the Lincoln varsity and sophomore team last season. Six-foot-8 rim runner Maiwut Jock was also a heavy contributor on the sophomore squad with some starts at the varsity level under his belt as well. Jock shot 50 percent from the field for the varsity team and was a lethal shot blocker and rebounder for both squads. Jock also plays for Beyond Ball’s travel team. A skilled finisher around the rim, his growing perimeter skills have created a much higher ceiling for Maiwut, who was already gaining reputation for his rim protection skills. Kameron Young was a key contributor for the sophomore team last season. The lefty continues to improve as a wing player as he sets the daily standard, on the court and off, about how hard you have to work to be a Lincoln Railsplitter. James Anderson, Kobe Moriarty and Kamron Francis are also juniors to watch this June. Anderson and Moriarty played big roles on the sophomore team while Kam Francis transferred to Lincoln in January. Anderson plays for the Cornsharks 16U Elite Team, Moriarty plays for Ignit and Kam Francis has already put together a 30 point team for a Beyond Ball 16U team.