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New Life Academy boys basketball: Win streak stretches to 4 games

Doug Linton has liked what he has seen from his team recently.

With two more wins this week, the Eagles are now on a four-game winning streak, and Linton has seen a lot of consistency on both ends of the floor.

The Eagles beat West Lutheran 79-48 last Tuesday and Legacy Christian 63-41 three days later to push their overall record to 12-4 and their conference record to 8-1.

“We had two conference games against teams we thought we should beat, and I thought we did a nice job just going out and taking care of business,” Linton said.

Adam Busch led the Eagles with 22 points last Tuesday. They also got double-digit efforts from Brad Goulet, Ebenezer Ketema and Jaxson Kavanagh.

Goulet, Ketema and Busch are the team’s leading scorers, but in both games, the Eagles received significant contributions from others.

“I think we saw some really improved play out of our bench. I think we’re starting to see some kids step up and play more consistent minutes,” Linton said. “Against West Lutheran, Jaxson Kavanagh stood out and had some really good minutes for us. He had 10 points for us and played some really good basketball. And then against legacy we saw Kyle Kaemingk come in and give us 13 points, Drew Wynia gave us 10.”

Linton said the Eagles have been “doing some really nice things defensively as a team,” holding both of their opponents in the past week to fewer than 50 points and getting in sync and executing on offense.

“I think they are getting some confidence and playing some pretty good basketball at the time that you want to be,” Linton said. “We want to start building now toward February, getting ready for [the] playoffs, so that part I think we’re doing a really nice job, and hopefully will continue that with a busy week coming up here [with] four games in seven days.”

For the second time this season, the Eagles have a winning streak of at least four games.

And they have a chance to stretch it even further next week when they play Bethany and Lester Prairie-Holy Trinity, two teams they beat handily earlier in the season.

“With a week like this, it’s spirit week at the school, lot of distractions, lot of extra things going on,” Linton said. “We’re just trying to prepare them for saving their strength and energy and keeping their focus to go out there and keep playing well and keep proving that [they’re] a good basketball team.”