Reminder its our Paint the Town Pink Game tonight. It should be a great game against Red Wing, who is currently #1 in the Big 9 and in the section standings. Come out and cheer for the Packers and take on the fight against Cancer. Remember to wear Pink!
The Packers struggled with poor shooting in the first half vs JM on Tuesday night. Falling behind 33-14 at the half. Then the second half started and so did the Packers. They played much better in the second half causing turnovers and hitting shots. With 3 minutes to play we were within 4 points after a Both Gach 3 pointer. However, JM hit enough free throws to close out the game 54-47.
Friday night is our PINK OUT GAME. T-shirts are available at Games People Play and will be sold prior to the game. Please come and plan to support the Packers and the fight against cancer. The game is a very important section game vs Red Wing. Red Wing is currently rated 3rd in the State and has won 7 games in a row. Austin lost the earlier match 41-45.
Austin scoring: Gach Gach, 12; Both Gach, 12; Zach Coffey, 8; Noah Brehmer, 6; Tate Hebrink, 6; Dylan Gasner, 3; free throws; 28 percent (2-for-7)
You can read more about the game in the Herald.
The Austin boys increased their win streak to 4 games with a road win over Northfield on Friday night, 67 to 50. Austin has now won 6 of their last 7 games. Austin revenged a loss to the Raiders earlier this year, when they lost by one on a last second free throw. This time Austin was not going to let that happen. The Pack started the game hot, going on a 11-0 run, led by Nik Gasner with 3 -3 pointers. However, the Packers needed a buzzer beater by Senior Jon Knorr at the half to lead by 4, 31-27. The second half saw a quick start for the Packers again, but the lead was only 6 with 5:47 left to play. Unlike the first game, the Packers finished strong with a 14 to 3 run and actually scoring the last 11 points to get the 17 point victory. Austin was led in scoring by Gach Gach who had 17 and Zach Coffey with 16 points.
You can read more about the game from the Southern Minnesota news.
Austin has a big road game Tuesday when they travel to Rochester John Marshall. JM is second in the Big 9 at 12-3, while the Pack is 4th at 10-6. Austin beat JM earlier this year, 68-57. Last year’s contest was a instant classic as Austin came from behind to win by 2. See last year’s highlights here. Come and cheer on the Pack Tuesday, it will be a great game!
Austin made it a clean sweep Monday night beating Rochester Mayo 64-58 in front of huge hometown crowd. Austin had beaten Mayo 64-50 earlier this season on Dec. 5th. Austin defense again caused the Spartans fits as they had numerous turnovers. The Packers have now won 3 games in a row and 4 of their last 5. Austin has a 10-9 overall record and are 9-6 in the Big 9.
The Austin Seniors came to play and were led by a stellar performance from Gach Gach who had two big 3 pointers late in the game for a total of 23 points. Levi Vierkandt had 13 points and hit several key shots late in the game and put down his first career dunk earlier in the game.
The Packers will take this win streak on the road Friday night when they take on Northfield. Northfield is currently 10-5 in the Big 9 and 13-6 overall. Austin lost in a heartbreaker to Northfield earlier this year, 56-57.
Austin scoring: Gach Gach, 23; Levi Vierkandt, 13; Zach Coffey, 9; Nik Gasner, 7; Dylan Gasner, 3; Tate Hebrink, 3; Both Gach, 2; Noah Brehmer, 2; field goals: 41 percent (24-for-59); 3-pointers: 31 percent (9-for-29); free throws: 64 percent (7-for-11); rebounds: 24 (Gach Gach, 7); turnovers: 10
Packers kept their win streak alive as they defeated a tough Faribault team on Friday night, 51-47. The Packers were led by senior Nick Gasner, with 14 points. The Packers are now 9-9 on the season and more importantly 5-3 in the section. The Packers are at home again on Monday night vs Rochester Mayo. Austin defeated Mayo earlier this year on the road 64-50, but Mayo brings a 11-6 record into the contest. Plan to come to Packer gym on Monday night to cheer on the Pack!
See our highlights here.
Scoring: Nik Gasner, 14; Gach Gach, 11; Tate Hebrink, 9; Zach Coffey, 5; Noah Brehmer, 4; Kyle Oberbroeckling, 4; Both Gach, 2; Levi Vierkandt, 2; free throws: 33 percent (2-for-6); rebounds: 20 (Gach, 6); turnovers: 14
The Packers defeated Winona 64-56 on Tuesday night, picking up a much needed road victory. Austin trailed early 5 to 7 but took the lead and never trailed again in the half. The Winhawks tied the game at the half 27 to 27, but Austin had a balanced night scoring and some great defense down the stretch to come away with the victory.
Austin scoring: Both Gach, 12; Tate Hebrink, 10; Kyle Oberbroeckling, 9; Levi Vierkandt, 9; Zach Coffey, 8; Nik Gasner, 8; Gach Gach, 7; Dylan Gasner, 1; free throws: 60 percent (9-for-15)
Austin will be home on Friday for the “Hall of Fame Game” vs. Faribault. Reminder, the Mayo game next week will be on Monday, Jan. 26th, not Tuesday.
Austin boys finally returned home on Friday night but were unable to pull out the victory. The Packers trailed Mankato the entire game closing the gap several times but unable to take the lead. The game ended 54 to 64.
The Packers will travel to Winona on Tuesday night. Then, the Pack will be back home on Friday night. Also, a change has been made in the schedule, the game vs. Mayo has been moved from Tuesday, Jan. 27 to Monday, Jan. 26th.