NLA boys hit stride with two wins

The North Lakes Academy boys’ basketball team aced a test against a top conference rival on Friday night. The Huskies beat Liberty Classical (12-5) handily, 67-45, at home.

“We managed to control them defensively,” said coach Judd Yaeger. “We didn’t give any easy looks like we did in our first game against them (a 69-67 loss in December.)”

The pace was much slower this time, with NLA taking a 27-13 lead into the break. The pace picked up down the stretch as Liberty Classical employed a press. Yaeger assigned center Josh Ozment to guard all-conference point guard Karsten Chara. While Chara finished with 31 points, Ozment held him to less than 33-percent shooting. Ozment also led the Huskies with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Most of Derek Beatty’s 18 points came in the first half.

NLA also won on the road last Tuesday over Hope Academy by a score of 53-43. Christopher Rosencrantz gave the Huskies the lead for good with four straight buckets early on. He finished with 20 points.

NLA led 32-10 at the break and emptied the bench in the second half.

The Huskies are 11-8 overall and 9-6 in the Eastern Minnesota Conference. They played at Hmong Academy on Monday and hosted Calvin Christian on Tuesday.