Basketball: Packer boys take down Edina

Published 10:42 am Sunday, December 9, 2012

MINNETONKA — The Austin boys basketball team passed an early test when they beat Edina 66-61 in Minnetonka Saturday.

The Packers (2-0 overall) hit 45 percent of their threes as they hit 9-of-20 from downtown and Joe Aase poured in 27 points.

“We were pretty much in control in the second half,” Austin head coach Kris Fadness said. “It was a good win. I probably didn’t sub enough. I rode our starting five and they gutted it out.”

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Edina (0-3 overall), which is a ‘AAAA’ school, was led by senior guard Graham Woodward, who scored 24 points. Woodward is committed to play basketball at Division I Penn State University next year.

“We did a good job defensively,” Fadness said. “Woodward is as good a player as we’ll see all year.”

Austin opened the game on a 17-6 run behind a three by Aase and a pair of threes by Collin Weisert.

Austin 35 31 — 66

Edina 31 30 — 61

Austin scoring: Joe Aase, 27; Zach Wessels, 15; Collin Weisert, 10; Tom Aase, 7; Ajuda Nywesh, 4; Bret Lukes, 3; 45 percent (21-for-47); three-pointers: 45 percent (9-for-20); free throws: 68 percent (15-for-22); rebounds: 31; turnovers: 12