New Life Academy boys basketball: Eagles' regular season ends; team is fifth seed in section
The season is still very much alive for the New Life Academy boys basketball team despite going 1-1 last week.
On Tuesday, the Eagles traveled to play St. Croix Prep and didn't give themselves much of a chance, losing 64-43. New Life trailed by just three at half, but the Eagles couldn't defend St. Croix in the second, as it exploded for 38 points.
St. Croix Prep had a very balanced attack, having four players hitting the double-digit mark. Senior forward Jakob Schollmeier led the way with 15 points. Sophomore guard Michael Gutierrez added 13, while senior guards Cameron Mehls and Nick Richardson added 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Sophomore forward Conrad Engstrom scored 11 points and was the only Eagle to hit double digits.
The Eagles bounced back nicely, though, as they hosted St. Paul Humboldt on Friday.
New Life was victorious, winning 71-64. The Eagles led 45-29, and survived a second-half scare in which St. Paul Humboldt outscored New Life Academy 35-26.
This time it was the Eagles that had the balanced attack as four players scored 10 or more points.
Junior guards John Horner and Kyle Linton led the way, scoring 12 points apiece. Senior guard Cameron Duffy added 11 while Engstrom scored 10.
The Eagles (10-14, 6-8 in Minnesota Christian Athletic Association play) were able to survive Amillo Verdeja's game-high 19 points. Senior forward Leo Wade also scored 16 points for St. Paul Humboldt (11-14, 3-8 in St. Paul City play).
New Life finished a respectable sixth place in the conference. Marantha Christian (25-1, 14-0) won the conference.
It's now time to battle for the Section 4AA championship. The Eagles, the No. 5 seed, will host Cristo Rey Jesuit (10-20), the No. 12 seed, on Thursday at 7 p.m.
Cristo Rey Jesuit has lost its last four games.