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New Life Academy boys basketball: Eagles drop two to MCAA powers

The New Life Academy boys basketball team thought it had found its rhythm after winning two straight games going into last week. Unfortunately for the Eagles (7-7, 4-3 in Minnesota Christian Athletic Association) couldn't keep the momentum rolling against West Lutheran and Heritage Christian Academy.

On Tuesday, the Eagles lost 74-59 to West Lutheran.

Senior guard Cameron Duffy finished with a team-high 15 points, but no other Eagle scored in double figures.

Four players from West Lutheran (14-3, 6-2 MCAA) scored 10 or more points. Senior guard Dustin Barth led the way with 20 points. Both senior guard Morgan Barth and sophomore forward Andrew Stavig added 13 points, while senior guard Isaiah Arbogast scored 10 points to go along with 10 rebounds.

The Eagles shot 41 percent from the field and just 50 percent from the free throw line, not nearly good enough to come away with the win.

New Life Academy then hosted Heritage Christian (14-1, 6-1 MCAA) on Thursday and lost 78-56.

Sophomore forward Conrad Engstrom led the Eagles with 14 points, while senior forward Zach Prefer added 12.

For Heritage Christian, it was senior guard Zach Weid who led the way with 22 points. Christian Pieper followed with 15 points, while senior guard Brad Basco and junior guard Drew Kleinschmidt both added 12 points. Junior guard Spenser Bland scored 10 points as well.

The Eagles had trouble on the boards, being outrebounded 42-27.

On Monday this week, the Eagles will host PACT Charter (6-9, 2-6) and on Thursday, they will travel to play Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity (9-8, 5-3). The two teams played earlier this season and New Life Academy came away with an 89-64 victory.

The Eagles are still in the middle of the conference, sitting in fifth place behind Maranatha Christian (15-1, 8-0), Heritage Christian, West Lutheran and Lester Prairie/ Holy Trinity.