North Lakes Academy got a taste for the quick, physical style typical of the big-city conferences in a hard loss to St. Paul Humboldt last week. The Hawks exploded in the second half of last Tuesday’s 85-44 rout.
“Many of the Humboldt points in the second half came off fast breaks from our turnovers,” said coach Judd Yeager. “We showed frustration playing in a ‘St. Paul city-style’ game…We have excelled against lesser athletic teams in physical games. This game was not one of them.”
NLA trailed just 21-20 when starter Matt Eiden left with an injury. The Huskies were down by eight when he returned and trailed by 11 at halftime.
Jake Ozment and Christopher Rosencrantz each scored 12 points for NLA.
The night before, the Huskies earned a road win at Community of Peace, 51-45. NLA closed the first half on a 9-2 run to pull ahead by seven, then opened the second half with a 7-0 spurt.
Eiden and Nic Harrington contributed after each missing the prior game, and Brandon Flom also returned after an extended absence. Rosencrantz had a team-high 20 points.
“This was the first game where we held the lead late,” Yeager said. “It is a learning curve with all young teams; learning how to win close games.”
NLA fell by one point to Nova Classical on Jan. 27. The Huskies were without four regulars, and Nova took advantage with a 50-49 win, just its third of the season.
Ozment scored 21 points before fouling out.
“We did not come ready to play and Nova made us pay,” Yeager said. “Had we been able to make one of the three shots at the end to win it, it would have been a disservice to Nova. They outplayed us in every aspect.”
The Huskies are 9-8 with four games remaining before the conference tournament: They played at Hope Academy on Tuesday, host Liberty Academy on Friday, play at Hmong Academy next Monday and host Calvin Christian next Tuesday.