A slow first half was too much to overcome as the Packers lost to #1 AAA Red Wing on the road tonight.
Poor shooting and good Red Wing defense limited Austin to 13 first half points. Red Wing was able to hit a few three’s and a buzzer beater from 17 feet to go into the half leading a 25-13.
Austin clawed back in the second half getting as close as 6 with a little over four minutes left. Red Wing was able to make enough free throws down the stretch to close out the game.
Scoring for Austin – Both Gach 20, Duoth Gach 12, Hebrink 8, Coffey 5, Manyuon 2.
Scoring for Red Wing – Toivonen 14, Sevlie 14, Munson 12, Bryan 10, Kelly 3, Adams 3.
Austin is back in action Tuesday at home vs. Century. It is our last regular season home game of the year. Come out and show support for your seniors.
Austin lost to the John Marshal Rockets 73-56 Thursday night in Rochester. Austin was led by Duoth Gach with 18 points. Murray had 9, Hebrink and Andersen had 7, Coffey added 6, Manyuon had 5, Both and Oberbroeckling scored 2.
The Rockets had a balanced scoring attack led by Matthew Hurt with 18. Tines added 14, Chan had 12, Walden had 10. The Rockets hit 12 of 23 three pointers and also had many second chance points off of offensive rebounds.
Austin has another tough test Saturday when we travel to RedWing Saturday to play the undefeated Wingers.
The boys won two more games this past week by defeating Rochester Mayo on the road Thursday, and then beating Northfield at home on Friday. Austin has won their last 9 games, and are 16-3 overall.
Thursday’s game in Mayo was close until the last 5 minutes when Austin was able to pull away. Both teams shot a high percentage with Austin being led by Duoth Gach who only missed one shot on the night. Duoth ended up hitting 5 of 6 three pointers for 21 points. Jace Murray added 11, Oman Oman had 8 and Tate Hebrink scored 7.
Friday’s game against Northfield had the feeling of playoff basketball. The gym was packed packed for paint the gym pink night and the big crowd was rewarded with a great game. Northfield came into the game ranked 10th in the class AAA. The first time the two teams played it took a full court shot from Oman Oman at the buzzer to win the game for Austin.
Senior Jace Murray again filled the stats sheets with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Duoth Gach scored 25 and had 3 steals. Both Gach had 13 points, and Oman Oman added 11. Here is a link to the Daily Herald article
The Nothfield win was an important one for the Packers because it puts them in very good shape for section standings. Austin is currently second in the section behind 19-0 Red Wing. Austin is 6-1 in the section with an overal record of 16-3. Northfield is third in the section with a 3-4 record, 12-8 overall.
The Packers will have two tough games this week. Austin will travel to Rochester to take on #9 AAAA John Marshall Thursday, and will then travel to #2 AAA Red Wing to take on the undefeated Wingers.
The Packers gutted out a physical 52-42 win on the road tonight against Faribault. The Falcons played a mix of physical man and 2-3 zone. They were patient on offense to slow down the pace of the game. Austin was up 4 late in the first half before two quick Falcons scores tied the game.
Austin turned up the defensive pressure in the second half which created some easier fast break baskets. Austin forced 21 turnovers for the game.
Duoth Gach had 14 points, 6 rebounds and 2 steals to lead Austin. Jace Murray had 11 points, 2 rebounds and 2 steals. The Packers again showed great deprh with 8 different players scoring.
Faribault was led by Kade Hart with 17 points. The Packers are back in action Thursday away at Rochester Mayo.
The boys showed great balance as they beat the Winhawks 77-60 at home on Tuesday night. Austin had eleven differnt players score in the win.
Austin was led by Douth Gach, Tate Hebrink and Jany Gash who all had 10 points. Gash scored all 10 of his points in the second half. All three players hit two 3’s during the game. As a team Austin hit 13 three point shots, while shooting 40 perecnt from behind the arc.
Winona was led by Oscar Hedlin who had 20 points and 4 rebounds. The Winhawks had a strong shooting night making over 40% of their 3’s and shooting 57% from the floor. The difference in the game was the turnovers. Austin was able to force Winona into 25 turnovers, while only commiting 7 themselves.
Here is a link the the Austin Daily Herald article.
The 4th ranked Packers will play at Faribault on Friday night looking for their 7th straight win. Faribault is 9-7 overall and 6-6 in the conference.
The Packers started the second half of their big nine schedule by winning on the road against West 78-65. The team was lead by Sophomore Duoth Gach who had a career-high 25 points. Duoth hit 6 three pointers while adding 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Jace Murray had 16 points, 7 boards, 3 assists and 2 steals. Mark Manyuon had 12 points, 3 assists and 2 steals.
Others scoring for the packers were Elijah Andersen with 7, Both Gach 6, Kyle Oberbroeckling 6, Oman Oman 5 and Zach Coffey 1.
Here is a link to the Austin Daily Herald article.
The Packers next game is Tuesday January 19th vs. Winona in Packer gym.
The Packers beat Owatonna 73-66 on Tuesday in Packer gym. Austin was up by as many as 17 in the second half but Owatonna never went away. The Huskies has the ball down 5 with under a minute left until Austin’s defense forced a turnover.
Scoring for the Packers were Kyle Oberbroeckling with a career high 19, Both Gach with 13, Duoth Gach with 12. Zach Coffey had 10, Jace Murray with 7, Elijah Andersen with 5, Oman Oman had 4 and Tate Hebrink added 3.
Here is a link the the Austin Dailey Herald article about the game.