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New Life Academy boys basketball: Eagles drop third straight

The holiday season wasn't so merry for the New Life Academy boys basketball team.

After starting the season 4-0, the Eagles have now lost three straight games. All three losses have come on the road. The latest loss came on Dec. 21 at the hands of Concordia Academy-Roseville.

The Eagles fell 80-66, but the real story was the second half. After leading 38-35 after the first half, New Life was outscored 45-28 in the second half , hindered by senior forward Jared Schneidermann, who finished with a team-high 19 points. Schneidermann added 12 rebounds as well.

The rest of the scoring load for Concordia (3-3, 0-0 Tri-Metro) was spread out pretty evenly. Both senior forward Charlie Kennelly and senior guard Alex Galloway scored 15 points, while sophomore guard Roger Moore, Jr. pitched in 11.

Sophomore forward Conrad Engstrom led the Eagles (4-3, 0-1 Minnesota Christian Athletic Association) with 22 points, but no other player on the team scored more than 10 points.

Injuries have been an issue for the Eagles so far, and the team was down two starters against Concordia. The good news, however, is that when fully healthy, the team has five players averaging seven or more points. Engstrom leads the way, averaging 10.6 per game.

The Eagles find themselves at the bottom of the Minnesota Christian Athletic Association, but has played just one conference game, so there's not too much cause for concern. Heritage Christian Academy and Marantha Christian are both 6-0 and are tied for first in the conference.

The Eagles are now off until Jan. 4 when the team hosts conference foe Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity (4-2, 1-0). After that game, the team doesn't have much of chance to rest, as it travels to play a tough Barnum (5-1, 3-0 Polar) team the very next day.