Packers get over their Saturday struggles in lop-sided win over KoMets

Published 9:29pm Saturday, January 18, 2014

The Packer boys basketball team shook off their Saturday struggles in a big way in Packer Gym Saturday night.

Austin's Nik Gasner lifts a shot during the first half Saturday night against Kasson-Mantorville in Packer Gym. Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com
Austin’s Nik Gasner lifts a shot during the first half Saturday night against Kasson-Mantorville in Packer Gym. Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com

Austin had its best offensive output of the season as it beat Kasson-Mantorville (9-6 overall) 88-60.

The No. 4 ranked Packers (12-3 overall) had lost their last three Saturday games when they had played on the Friday night before.

Things were different this time around as Austin followed up its Friday win over Rochester John Marshall by knocking down 10-of-15 from the 3-point line in the first half. Ten different players scored for the Packers.

“We haven’t been so great on the back-to-back games,” Austin junior center Noah Brehmer said. “We just wanted to come out and play hard to prove we can play with passion two nights in a row. We knew could win, it was just a matter of how we came out.”

Brehmer hasn’t had the most offensive opportunities this season as he’s come off the bench on a team loaded with scorers, but he made his chances count on Saturday. He drilled back-to-back 3s to cap a 15-0 Austin run that put the Packers up 15-4 early in the game and Brehmer finished with 10 points.

“I worked hard in the offseason and I feel confident in myself,” Brehmer said. “It’s nice to have the three senior [guards] to set us up for shots and we rebound for them and set screens. We do what we can.”

Austin had 24 points from its bench and the starters did their job as well. Zach Wessels had 17 points, six assists and six steals, Bret Lukes had 19 points and he hit five 3-pointers in the first half, and Ajuda Nywesh added 13 points and six steals.

“I thought we moved the ball really well and got good looks on offense,” Austin head coach Kris Fadness said. “We just shot the ball really well in the first half. That gave us a nice, big lead.”

KM 31 29 — 60

Austin 51 37 — 88

Austin scoring: Bret Lukes, 19; Zach Wessels, 17; Ajuda Nywesh, 13; Noah Brehmer, 10; Gach Gach, 8; Curtis Oberbroeckling, 7; Nik Gasner, 7; free throws: 67 percent (8-for-12); turnovers: 4

Austin's Zach Coffey protects the ball along the arc in the first half against Kasson-Mantorville Saturday night in Packer Gym. Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com
Austin’s Zach Coffey protects the ball along the arc in the first half against Kasson-Mantorville Saturday night in Packer Gym. Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com

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