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New Life boys basketball: Eagles lose a pair last week; season-finale up next

One game remains on the schedule for the New Life Academy boys basketball team, and the Eagles hope it goes better than last week's games.

On Tuesday, the Eagles traveled to play Mahtomedi (19-5, 10-4 in Classic Suburban play) and fell 93-72.

The combination of senior guard Nuni Omot and senior forward Zach Lindquist proved to be too much for the Eagles. The duo finished with 30 and 25 points, respectively. Lucas Butler also pitched in 11 points.

Sophomore Conrad Engstrom led the Eagles with 14 points, while sophomore Sam Horner and junior Sam Nelson both scored 10.

New Life Academy (9-13, 6-8 in Minnesota Christian Athletic Association play) had another challenge ahead, as they traveled to play West Lutheran on Saturday. The results were similar to Tuesday's game, falling 79-65.

The Eagles kept it close in the first half, trailing just 36-32, but West Lutheran was able to pull away in the second half.

Senior guard Dustin Barth led the way for West Lutheran (21-4, 11-3), finishing with 24 points, amazingly all of 3-point shots.

Senior guard Isaiah Arbogast added 14 points, while junior guard Paul Draeger added 11.

The Eagles had a somewhat balanced attack. Junior forward John Horner led the way with 20 points. Senior guard Cameron Duffy scored a season-high 17 point, while Nelson added 12.

Now it's crunch time for the Eagles.

New Life Academy sits in sixth place in the Minnesota Christian Athletic Association and will finish there this season. The Eagles can still reach double-digits in wins by beating St. Paul Humboldt on Friday at home. The game will start at 7 p.m.