North Lakes Academy basketball at 4-1

North Lakes Academy improved to 4-1 in boys basketball last Thursday with a 62-40 win over the Minnesota Academy for the Deaf.

The Huskies have also defeated the Community of Peace, Metro Deaf School and Hmong Academy by more than 20 points each, losing only to Spectrum by two points at the beginning of the year.

In the win last Thursday, junior Chris Rosencrantz led in scoring with 27 points on 17 shots.

“Rosencrantz does everything from running the point to scoring plus-25 a game,” head coach Judd Yaeger said. “And if he can’t shoot or is double-teamed, he’s going to find an open player.”

The guard is averaging 25.4 points a game. The Huskies’ big men, juniors Cody Warren and Jake Ozment and seniors Brandon Flom and Josh Ozment, combined for 31 points on the inside. Yaeger said utility player Derek Beatty has also had an impact on the court from all positions.

Yaeger said the Trojans were a physically tough team that forced the Huskies out of their rhythm offensively. With only an eight-point lead at half due to missed shots around the rim, North Lakes turned it around in the second half.

The Huskies face a tough, non-conference Mound-Westonka team on Friday, who recently defeated Legacy Christian 104-39.

“Our bigs have owned the glass with their size, but we’re not going to have that advantage anymore,” Yaeger said. “I’m looking for those better, deeper non-conference teams that have athleticism, because if we have any aspirations for sections, we will be facing teams like we see on Friday night.”

The Huskies hit the road on Friday for a 7:30 p.m. game, then are off until Saturday, Jan. 5 when they face St. Cloud Apollo.

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