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Boys' Basketball: Eagles stay undefeated in conference play

Led by Kyle Kaemingk’s game-high 23 points, New Life Academy stayed tied for the top spot in the Minnesota Christian Athletic Association.

Kaemingk led the Eagles to a 60-56 road win Thursday, Jan. 12, at Southwest Christian in Chaska. Both the Stars and Eagles came in vying for a first-place spot in the conference.

“It was one of those games where it seemed like we could never quite put them away,” Eagles coach Doug Linton said.

NLA built a 31-27 lead by halftime, and the Eagles stretched the lead to double figures in the second half before the Stars made a run. The Eagles saw their lead whittled down to 43-40, but they responded by holding the Stars in check offensively.

“I like the way we were performing under pressure,” Linton said.

Chris Ketema helped the Eagles offense with 15 points, and Adam Busch added seven. Jaxson Kavanagh chipped in six.

Drew Wynia made a difference on the boards with a team-high 12 rebounds. Ketema and Kaemingk each had seven.

NLA also had eight steals as a team with Kaemingk and Kavanagh each garnering two.

The win improved NLA to 9-1 on the season with a perfect 3-0 start in the MCAA schedule. NLA sits in a tie with Heritage Christian Academy (9-1, 3-0 MCAA) for first place. They will meet Jan. 31, in Maple Grove.

NLA has dominated every MCAA contest except the Southwest Christian one so far. The Eagles opened the week with a 69-30 rout of Legacy Christian Academy on Jan. 10.

Kaemingk led the Eagles with 16 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots. Busch and Ketema also scored in double figures with 16 and 14 points respectively.

NLA looked to keep things rolling in a big road challenge Tuesday at Lester Prairie-Holy Trinity (4-5, 2-1 MCAA). Up next, the Eagles visit Spectrum (5-6, 0-3) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.