NLA boys riding four-game streak

Four straight wins have given the North Lake Academy boys a record of 8-5 as they move into the second half of the basketball season.

Though the Huskies won each game handily, coach Judd Yeager feels they have some work to do in the month before playoffs begin.

“Our defense and rebounding has been fairly solid all year, but we need to clean up the offense if we have any chance to do real damage in the ECM Conference tournament and sectionals,” he said. “We are young and still learning to play together.  Hopefully we will bring it all together at the right time.”

NLA topped St. Paul Prep 68-36 last Thursday and Academy for Sciences & Agriculture 63-46 the next night. In both contests, the Huskies used an up-tempo pace to roll out to an early lead.

In the first game, sophomore Christopher Rosencrantz poured in 21 first-half points and 25 overall. NLA dominated on the boards, and 5’ 9” point guard Derek Beatty showed his athleticism with a couple blocks.

The Huskies opened Friday night’s game on an 8-0 run. Rosencrantz again led the way with 20 points, while senior Nic Harrington and junior Josh Ozment had nine apiece.

The team’s winning streak started with a 51-31 win over Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf on Jan. 12. Yeager had tweaked the lineup by putting Beatty at point and sliding junior Matt Eiden to the wing.

All 12 players saw action and nine scored. Rosencrantz had a team-high 14 points.

Junior Brandon Flom had 10 points on Jan. 13 and became NLA’s all-time leading scorer, eclipsing former Huskie Jeromy Post’s mark. Rosencrantz scored 17 as NLA beat Learning for Leadership 68-39. Sophomore Cody Warren totaled 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Ozment had six blocks.

“Our success starts with our defense and it is anchored by our big men inside, Josh Ozment and Cody Warren,” Yeager said. “Both Josh and Warren have the ability to block and alter many shots per game.

“Offensively, our guards recognize when to run and when to work the offense. We have been successful in high-octane games along with these low-whistle, physically abusive games.”

The Huskies hosted Shattuck-St. Mary’s on Tuesday and play at Nova Classical Academy on Friday.