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New Life Academy boys basketball: Eagles improve to 3-0

The New Life Academy boys basketball team continued its hot start last week.

Perhaps more important than the victory, the Eagles learned they can depend on a plethora of players to lead the team if need be.

On Tuesday, the Eagles name beat St. Paul Academy (1-1) on the road 61-57.

Junior guard Alex Bush scored 12 points, while senior guard Cameron Duffy and junior guard Kyle Linton both finished with 11 points. Linton also contributed nine rebounds.

Linton hit a huge 3-pointer late in the game to put the Eagles up three and would follow that up by hitting two free throws to help seal the win.

For the Eagles (3-0), though, their week was just starting as New Life was still scheduled to play Breck on Friday. The game went down to the wire, but the Eagles came out on top, winning 74-72.

Duffy, who has been the team's leader thus far, got some more help against Breck.

That help came from sophomore forward Conrad Engstrom, who finished the night with a game-high 23 points. Senior forward Zach Prefer finished with 13 points, while Duffy pitched in 11.

A cause for concern for New Life is that they allowed 43 second half pints after limiting Breck to 29 in the first half.

This week, New Life Academy will have two games as well. On Tuesday, the Eagles played host to St. Croix Lutheran (3-1) on Tuesday, after the Bulletin went to print, and on Thursday they travel to play Marantha Christian (2-0).

As far as standings go, the Eagles are the only team in the Minnesota Christian Athletic Association - B standings with an undefeated record. The Eagles, allowing just 58.7 points per game, have the league's second best defense.

In the A Standings, though, four out of five teams are undefeated. Those teams are Heritage Christian, Maranatha Christian, PACT Charter and West Lutheran.