The Austin Packers kept their season record unblemished at 9-0 and ran their home winning streak to 17 games with a 56-45 win over Mankato West Friday night.
After falling behind 4-0 in the opening minutes, the Packers came back strong to build a 29-10 lead with 2:08 left in the first half. West then went on an 8-0 run to close the gap to 29-18 at halftime. The Packers built a 20-point lead early in the second half, and their lead was in the teens most of the rest of the way, although West did cut the margin to 9 in the closing minutes before the Packers put the game away at the free-throw line.
Zach Wessels led the scoring with 20 points, while Tom Aase had 17 points, 9 rebounds and 8 blocks and Joe Aase contributed 9 points and 9 rebounds. Bret Lukes and Collin Weisert rounded out the scoring with 7 and 3 points respectively.
Here are the highlights (and the Austin Daily Herald recap):
The Packers return to action this afternoon in Waseca in a game that has been moved to a 4 p.m. start.