Multiple Teams · New Life Boys Basketball: New Life hammers Bethany with “total team effort”

via Woodbury Bulletin

By Matthew Davis on Jan 6, 2015 at 2:54 p.m

New Life Academy had its way on the boards and in the transition game in storming past Bethany Academy Jan. 3 in a 76-22 blowout.

“Total team effort,” Eagles coach Doug Linton said. “We had the right mindset coming in that we needed to play good defense, rebound the ball and play well as a team.”

Twelve different Eagles scored in the game that been all New Life from the start. The Eagles buried Bethany with a 45-14 first half and held the visitors to just eight second-half points.

Adam Busch had his highest-scoring game of the season for the Eagles with 11 points. The sophomore guard hadn’t scored more than a couple baskets in any other game. Nine of his 11 points came off three-pointers.

“Each game, he seems to be getting better and better,” Linton said.

Eagles’ leading scorer Conrad Engstrom also had 11, and Luke Berger added 10 points. Brad Goulet chipped in nine and Simon Killeen had eight.

New Life’s offensive onslaught occurred in part because of their dominance on the glass. Bethany mustered only three offensive rebounds in the game, which also meant the Eagles were able to set up multiple transition opportunities.

“They ran the court well and played good, smart offense,” Linton said.

Picking up the Minnesota Christian Athletic Association win gave the Eagles a big boost for the start of the new year. New Life didn’t play for two weeks during Christmas break and held just a few practices over that time span.

“As a team, we did a very nice job of just focusing on what we do well,” Linton said.

The Eagles (6-3) will hope to carry that momentum into more MCAA games over the next week. New Life’s slate consists of Southwest Christian in a road game Jan. 8. before hosting Lakeview Christian Dec. 10.