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Boys' Basketball: Eagles win MCAA tournament title

New Life Academy didn't get to dethrone the regular season conference champion, but the Eagles made a convincing run to the league tournament title nonetheless.

The Eagles broke a 33-33 halftime tie to beat Maranatha Christian Academy 67-59 for the Minnesota Christian Athletic Association boys' basketball tournament title Saturday. The Eagles pulled away in the second half at Crown College in St. Bonifacius, two days after routing Southwest Christian.

Kyle Kaemingk led the Eagles with 18 points in the win against Maranatha and Adam Busch scored 15 points. Chris Ketema added 13 points.

New Life Academy (22-3, 12-2 MCAA) held Maranatha's top scorers in check as Clarence Daniels led the Mustangs with 14 points. Elisha Coleman scored 12 and Dyante Jordan added 11.

The Eagles reached the title game when they pounded Southwest Christian 91-68 in the semifinals Thursday, Feb. 23. New Life Academy built a 50-32 lead in the first half and cruised from there.

Kaemingk had a big game for the Eagles with 29 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Ketema added 21 points.

Drew Wynia had a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds. He also shot 8-of-10 from the field.

Southwest had four players in double figures with Jalen Wight and Max Steensland scoring 15 points apiece.

New Life Academy opened the MCAA tournament with a 79-52 rout of Spectrum on Tuesday, Feb. 21. Ketema led the Eagles with 17 points on 6-of-6 shooting to go with seven rebounds and two assists. Busch scored 12 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished four assists.

The Eagles were scheduled to conclude the regular season Tuesday with Providence Academy. They await seeding for the Section 4AA tournament, which comes out Sunday.