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Packers Lose to Cedar Falls

12 Dec

On Saturday, the Packers traveled to Cedar Falls, Iowa to face one of the top teams in the large-school division. After a slow start that saw them down 28-14 at the end of the first quarter, the Packers clawed their way back to within 8 points, 38-30, with less than a minute to go before halftime. But Cedar Falls point guard James Harrington’s three-pointer at the end of the half was ruled to have beaten the buzzer, putting the Packers down by 11 at the half.

The Tigers pulled away in the second half, as the Packers managed just 11 points. Zach Wessels led the Packers with 16 points on the night, while Tom Aase had 10, Joe Aase 6, Goliath Oboyo 4, Collin Weisert 3 and Zach Vierkandt 2. See the recap in the Austin Daily Herald and the Post-Bulletin.

Here are the video highlights, led by Daniel Gatbel’s dance at the University of Northern Iowa game, which the boys attended Saturday afternoon:

The Packers return to action tomorrow night with the home opener and their first Big 9 contest against Albert Lea.

Packers drop tough opener

6 Dec

The Austin Packers opened their 2010-11 season Saturday with a tough 75-64 home loss to Cedar Falls, Iowa. Cedar Falls made the state tournament last year, and have another strong team.

It was a game of runs: The Packers got off to an early 6-2 lead, but then the Tigers rallied to go ahead, before the Packers went on a tear to tie the game at 29. Unfortunately, the Tigers scored the remaining 14 points of the half to go into the locker room with a 43-29 advantage.

In the second half, the Tigers stretched the lead to as much as 19. The Packers put on a furious rally to cut the lead to 69-62 with 1:05 remaining, but fell short of making the comeback.

Here are some video highlights:

Here’s the Austin Post-Bulletin write-up, along with the Austin Daily Herald story.

A few notes on this video, and what you’ll be seeing throughout the year.

  1. You might wonder how the Packers ever lose. For the most part, I won’t be showing scores by the other team. This isn’t a balanced news site; it’s a booster site. An exception may be if an opposing player hits a game-winning buzzer beater. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen.
  2. I generally won’t be showing free throws, because there isn’t much action involved. Saturday the Packers were something like 19 for 22 from the charity stripe, which is obviously excellent. The main exceptions to the “no free throws” rule are that I will include those of the “and 1” variety, in which an Austin boy is completing a three-point play after being fouled, and will show free throws made at the end of a close game.
  3. For the the most part, I won’t be showing missed shots by the Packers; the exception is when a missed shot leads to a Packer rebound and score, so showing the missed shot provides context for the rest of the play.
  4. I will typically show a few key defensive plays from each game, but generally won’t show defensive rebounds. I also won’t show Packer turnovers.
  5. I will miss some scoring plays. I’m a dad and my first role is watching the game. Sometimes I get engrossed in the action and forget to follow it with the camera. Any field goal scores that don’t make the highlights are just because I missed them.

Packers Tip Off Season Today

4 Dec

The Austin boys start their season with a couple of tough tests, as the season preview article in the Austin Post-Bulletin indicates:

Tipping off the season on Saturday afternoon versus Cedar Falls, Iowa, the Austin boys will face a stiff challenge. Cedar Falls was in the Iowa State Tournament last season and has a guard who is rumored to be a Division-I college prospect.

If that’s not enough of a challenge, then the Packers will take on another stiff test from their own state in the second game of the season. Next week on Thursday night, Austin will play host to Minneapolis Washburn, ranked in the state’s top 10 for Class AAA.

“I feel good about the team, the kids played really well in their summer league and I hope they can carry that over into the season,” Austin coach Kris Fadness said. “We have a large number of seniors and some talented young kids, so we’ll have a deep rotation. It’s a tough schedule and we’ll put the kids through the fire in the first couple of weeks.”

Read the whole article here. It also includes the full season schedule, so mark your calendar to attend as many games as you can.

Join us this afternoon at 4 for the first game against Cedar Falls, Iowa! (The B squad game is at 3 2:30.) And check back here  at PackerFastBreakClub.com regularly for updates on the season, including video highlights from each game. You can get site updates by email or RSS, and join the Packer Fast Break Club group on Facebook.

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