Austin traveled to Caledonia and picked up n impressive road win 85-71. Duoth Gach continued his hot shooting by hitting 6 three pointers on his way to 24 points. Duoth also had 8 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 steals. Both Gach added 19 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists.
Tate Hebrink had one of his best games of the year with 13 points. Oman Oman came close to a double double with 10 points and 8 rebounds.
Both teams played well and shot a high percentage. Caledonia was lead by Owen and Noah King who had 23 and 26 points.
Austin outrebounded the Warriors 33-24 and won the turnover battle 8-10. Caledonia was ranked number one in class AA at the time of the game.
The boys are back in action Friday at Stewertville.
A historic shooting night from Duoth Gach propelled Austin to a a big second half lead. Duoth went 9-10 from three point range on his way to scoring 31 points. Duoth started the game with a huge alley oop dunk off and assist from his brother Both.
Red wing had a second half rally when Austin had a stretch of cold shooting. The Wingers cut the deficit to 3 by hitting a three point shot after Austin missed the front end of a one and one at the free throw line.
Here is a link to the Austin Daily Herald article about the game. The Packers are back in action on Thursday at home vs. Winona.
The boys moved to 2-0 after beating Mankato West 81-66 Tuesday night. Austin had a balanced scoring attack with five players in double figures. Both Gach led the team with 19 points. The Packers were 12-13 from the FT line. Here is a link to the Austin Daily Herald article about the game.
The Packers next game is Friday at home vs. Faribault.
The Austin boys forced Byron into 20 turnovers in a 82-69 win Tuesday night in Packer gymnasium.
Austin was lead by junior Both Gach who scored a career high 34 points. Gach hit 6 three pointers and went 6 of 6 from the free throw line.
Austin lead the whole game, often by double digits. Byron was able to keep it close by making a few runs in each half.
Click Here for a link to the Austin Daily Herlad story about the game. The Packers are back in action Tuesday, Dec 13th at Mankato West.
The Packers put together a dominate second half to beat Stewartville 68-33 Wednesday night in Austin.
The Packers had plenty of good looks in the first half, but had a lot of easy shots rim-out. Despite missing a lot of close looks, Austin still held a five point lead at halftime. Austin picked up the defensive intensity in the second half only allowing 10 points after halftime.
Scoring for Austin – Both Gach 13, Jace Murray 12, Oman Oman 11, Duoth Gach 11, Mark Manyuon 10, Kyle Oberbroeckling 5, Pat Hagan 2, Jany Gash 2, Moses Issa 2.
Austin moves on to the section semi finals Saturday at the Rochester civic center. The Packers take on the #3 seed Northfield Raiders. Austin beat Northfield twice in the regular season in two close games. If you are planning on coming over be sure to leave early. Bernie Sanders is holding rally at the same time at the civic center and there is also a lot of construction.
Austin had three sophomores score in double figures in a 67-41 win on the road in Owatonna.
The Packers defense forced Owatonna into shooting under 25 percent with good team defense. Duoth Gach had 2 steals and a couple of huge dunks to spark the team. Both Gach did a bit of everything with 17 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists.
Scoeing for Austin – Both Gach 17, Duoth Gach 10, Hebrink 10, Murray 7, Oberbroeckling 5, Manyuon 5, Andersen 5, Hagan 4, Oman 2, Coffey 2.
Austin will host a first round section game Wednesday night.
The Packers jumped all over Byron to lead 20-4 early but had to hold on at the end winning 59-58.
Austin started the game forcing turnovers and getting good looks against the Bears. But after holding a 16 point lead early in the game Byron clawed within 5 at the half.
The second half Byron chipped away at the lead. Oman Oman hit a huge 3 with under two minutesto play to put the Packers up 5. Unfortunely those were the ladt points Austin would score. The Packers had multiple chances from the line to extend the lead but weren’t able to connect. With 6 seconds left Oman and Murray were able to tip the rebound and Austin came up with the loose ball to end the game.
Scoring for Austin – Duoth Gach 16, Murray 11, Oman 8, Manyuon 8, Hebrink 6, Oberbroeckling 4, Both Gach 4, Coffey 2.
Austin’s last regular season game is tomorrow night in Owatonna.