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NLA boys basketball: Eagles top Bethany Academy, fall to Southwest Christian

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Time is ticking for the New Life Academy boys basketball team. The Eagles started the week with five remaining regular season games, and while they didn't have a perfect week, it wasn't a disaster either.

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NLA (9-11, 6-7 in Minnesota Christian Athletic Association play) started on a rough note, losing 71-54 at home to Southwest Christian (9-11, 7-6 MCAA).

The Eagles were unable to stop freshman guard Jack Jenson, who finished with a game-high 29 points.

Sophomore forward Jake Wynia led the Eagles with 13 points, while senior guard Cameron Duffy finished with 11.

The Eagles looked better in their second game of the week. They defeated Bethany Academy 68-56, overcoming junior guard Sam Hagen's 23 points off of five 3-pointers.

No other player from Bethany Academy (6-16, 1-12) scored more than 10 points. The Eagles had much more of a balanced attack. Junior guard Kyle Linton led the way with 14 points, while junior guard John Horner and sophomore guard Sam Horner scored 13 and 11 points, respectively.

There are now three games remaining on NLA's schedule. The Eagles began by traveling to play Mahtomedi (17-5, 9-4 in Classic Suburban play) on Tuesday in a game played after the Bulletin went to press. NLA will then travel to play West Lutheran (19-4, 10-3) on Saturday at 3 p.m.

The Eagles find themselves in the middle of the conference standings, sitting in sixth place, but they are only two games back from the third place team, Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity (14-10, 8-5).

--Kyle Ratke

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