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New Life Academy boys basketball: Loss to Brooklyn Center brings end to Eagles' season

The season has ended for the New life Academy boys basketball team, but the Eagles did have an impressive opening round victory before being knocked out of the Section 4AA playoffs.

On Thursday, the Eagles hosted Cristo Rey Jesuit and simply dominated the game, winning 73-37.

The game was all about balance for New Life. In total, 11 Eagles scored. Senior forward Zach Prefer led the way with 14 points, while sophomore forward Conrad Engstrom added 10.

Junior Jeffery Hudson led the way for Cristo Rey Jesuit (10-10), scoring 12 points.

Just two days later, the Eagles were scheduled to play a tough Brooklyn Center team and the Eagles weren't up to Brooklyn Center's level, as they lost 91-68. The Eagles trailed 44-30 at the break.

The difference in the game may have been senior guard Michael Hudson of Brooklyn Center (14-11, 4-8 in Tri-Metro play), who finished with a game-high 27 points. He wasn't alone in the scoring column, though. Senior forward Jacob Cattledge scored 19 points, while junior guard Tyler Willebski and senior guard Clement Gibson scored 14 each.

In his final game as an Eagle, senior guard Cameron Duffy came to play, leading his team with 18 points. Unfortunately, that wasn't enough. No other player from New Life hit the double-digit mark.

The season was one of ups and downs for the Eagles (10-14, 6-8 in Minnesota Christian Athletic Association play). They finished sixth in the conference, which is respectable given the competition of the MCAA.

Duffy led the team in scoring, averaging 10.4 pointers per game, while Engstrom was second, scoring 10 per game.

The team will rely on Engstrom, junior guard John Horner and sophomore guard Sam Horner heading into next season.