Charleston struggled early against Lincoln’s pressing defense, managing only six first-quarter points to fall behind by 15.

The Trojans learned how to better handle the press later, but continued to lose ground in a 60-33 Apollo Conference loss to the host Railsplitters on Tuesday night in boys basketball.

Charleston falls to 6-8 overall, 0-4 in conference play. Lincoln improves to 12-1, 6-0.

The Trojans committed 15 turnovers overall.

“We did a better job after the first quarter,” Charleston coach Brad Oakley said. “We need to start better.”

The Trojans matched Lincoln with 24 rebounds apiece but shot 31.3 percent on 10-of-33 shooting compared to 46.8 percent for the Railsplitters.

Isaac Miller grabbed six rebounds and scored a team-high 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting. Cade Landrus contributed nine points and three rebounds while Caleb Hurst totaled five rebounds.

Charleston next plays host to Mattoon on Friday night.

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CHARLESTON (33): Hurst 0 0-2 0, Bell 1 0-0 3, Miller 5 0-0 13, Landrus 2 4-5 9, Bickford 0 3-4 3, Pankey 0 0-0 0, Harrell 0 0-0, Applegate 0 0-0 0, Braun 1 0-0 2, Rennels 0 0-0 0, Schuette 0 0-0 0, Oakley 1 0-0 3. Totals 10 7-11 33. 3-pointers – Miller 3, Bell 1, Landrus 1 Oakley 1. Rebounds – Miller 6, Hurst 5, Landrus 3, Harrell 3.