New Life Academy boys basketball: Eagles lend a hand off the court, win on the court
The New Life Academy boys basketball team has somewhat of a relaxing week, playing just one game. The Eagles took advantage of the light-loaded week, as they beat Trinity at River Ridge on Friday night, 59-48.
The game was close at halftime, as the Eagles led just 25-22, but New Life Academy outscored Trinity 34-26 in the second half at home in front of a packed crowd.
Junior guard Kyle Linton led the way with 18 points, while senior guard Cameron Duffy added 11. In total, eight Eagles scored. Junior forward Seth Brummer led Trinity (5-16, 2-9 in Minnesota Christian Athletic Association play) with 18 points. Senior guard Caleb Dahl and freshman guard Eddie Maruggi added 14 and 10points, respectively, but only two other players on the team scored.
In addition to the on-court action, NLA was busy off the court.
The New Life Academy varsity and junior varsity teams spent an evening packing meals for Feed My Starving Children in Eagan last Monday. The team was part of a crew of people who packed 19,656 meals which will feed 54 children for a whole year in countries like Haiti and El Salvador.
It's now crunch time for the Eagles (8-10, 5-6 MCAA), with just four remaining games before sections start. On Tuesday, New Life Academy took on Southwest Christian, and on Friday, they will travel to play Bethany Academy. The game begins at 7:30 p.m.
The Eagles are still in the thick of things, sitting in fifth place in the conference behind Maranatha Christian (19-1, 11-0), Heritage Christian Academy (18-2, 10-2), West Lutheran (17-4, 8-3) and Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity (13-9, 8-4). However, Southwest Christian has the same conference record as New Life Academy, making Tuesday's game all that more important.