Packers keep Falcons winless
The Austin boys basketball team didn’t waste any time in establishing it’s style in a 74-19 win over Faribault in Packer Gym Tuesday.
The Packers (7-2 overall, 4-1 Big Nine) opened the game on a 17-2 run after Faribault (0-12 overall, 0-5 Big Nine) came out trying to play stall ball early on.
“You knew it was an uphill climb for them,” Austin head coach Kris Fadness said. “I thought they had a great first possession of the game running clock and then they missed a lay-up. I hate to say it, but once it was 5-0 it was over because they couldn’t play the way they wanted to and we started scoring and getting into our press.”
Austin junior Collin Weisert gave his team a boost as he scored all 14 of his career-high points in the first half. Weisert went 4-for-4 from the field and 3-for-3 on three-pointers.
“We’ve played sloppy (in games like this) a few times before,” Weisert said. “We just wanted to come out strong and focused. We wanted to play crisp and make good passes.”
Austin’s Joe Aase, who scored 20 points in Friday’s win over Mankato West, had another solid outing as he tallied 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting and grabbed four rebounds.
“Joe had a really good game agaisnt West and maybe he’s finally settling down and doing what he can do,” Fadness said. “That’s nice to see.”
Austin was able to clear it’s bench for most of the second half as the score got out of hand. In the end, 11 players scored for the Packers.
“So many times that turns into slop ball because guys are worried about getting their own, but we had some good possessions and I was happy with how they played,” Fadness said. “I was happy with the whole team tonight and we played well.”
Faribault 11 8 — 19
Austin 48 26 — 74
Austin scoring: Joe Aase, 17; Collin Weisert, 14; Zach Wessels, 11; Tom Aase, 9; Bret Lukes, 5; Goliath Oboyo, 5; Zach Veirkandt, 5; Nate Schwab, 2; Tommy Olmsted, 2; Curtis Oberbroeckling, 2; Ajuda Nywesh, 2; field goals: 61 percent (27-for-44); three-pointers: 57 percent (8-for-14); free throws: 55 percent (12-for-22); rebounds: 23 (Joe Aase, 4); turnovers: 7
Faribault scoring: Nate Emge, 5; Darin Anderson, 4; Nick Bostwick, 2; Mason Glende, 2; Nash Bauer, 2; Tim Messenger, 2; Duol Chut, 2; field goals: 30 percent (8-for-27); three-pointers: 25 percent (1-for-4); free throws: 100 percent (2-for-2); rebounds: 11; turnovers: 26