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Packers fade late against third-ranked Washburn

4 Feb

The Packers played Minneapolis Washburn tough for 32 minutes on Saturday, trailing the Millers 70-66 with four minutes remaining, before a late Washburn run fueled by a gambling Packers defense stretched the final margin to 86-67.

It was a seesaw affair during the first half, as the Packers lead 36-31 with 2:40 to play. But the Millers closed the half on a 10-1 run to take at 41-37 lead into the intermission.

Joe Aase led the Packers with 23 points (18 in the first half), while Zach Wessels added 18, Tom Aase and Nate Schwab 7 each, Zach Vierkandt 6, Bret Lukes 4 and Collin Weisert 2.

See the Austin Daily Herald story.

Here are the video highlights:

The Packers return to action at home Thursday against Mankato West.

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Packer rally falls just short against Washburn

10 Dec

Austin lost a close one to 7th-ranked Minneapolis Washburn Thursday night, dropping a 57-53 contest.

Plagued by foul trouble in the first half, the Packer boys hung tough against the Millers , trailing just 26-25 at halftime. The Pack got off to a strong start in the second half, building a small lead, before a Washburn run put them out front by double digits. A valiant rally brought the Pack to within two points in the last 30 seconds, but they couldn’t convert on their last possession and were forced to foul with two seconds left. The resulting free throws led to the final four-point margin.

Here are the Austin Daily Herald and Post-Bulletin recaps.

And now to the highlights…

The Packers’ next scheduled game is Saturday night in Red Wing, weather permitting.

Update: Due to the snowstorm, the Red Wing game has been postponed. The Packers return to action Tuesday night in Faribault.

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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