After a sluggish first half Tuesday night at Mankato East, the Packers turned up the intensity and raced to a 72-36 win that moved their record to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the Big Nine.
Ahead just 30-20 at halftime, the Packers outscored the Cougars 42-16 in the second half. Zach Wessels, Joe Aase and Bret Lukes were in double figures with 22, 16 and 10 points, respectively. Tom Aase added 8, Ajuda Nywesh 7, Collin Weisert 5 and Tommy Olmsted and Gach Gach 2 each. The Packers caused 28 East turnovers and went 10/11 on free throws (a massive improvement over the 14/30 performance in the 2OT game at Albert Lea.
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Next up are two key Section 1AAA rivals. The Packers continue their Road Warrior status on Friday when they travel to Red Wing to face the 4-2 Wingers. The next home game is Friday, Dec. 28 against section rival New Prague, currently 5-2 on the year.
Of their first six games, only last Friday’s Mayo game was in the friendly confines of Packer Gym.