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Tom Aase leads Packers past Scarlets

MANKATO — Austin senior Tom Aase meant business as he led the Packer boys basketball team to an 83-41 win at Mankato West (11-8 overall, 8-5 Big Nine) Friday.

Aase finished with 25 points, six rebounds, three assists and two blocks for the No. 2 ranked Packers (19-0 overall, 12-0 Big Nine), who were coming off a break where they had played just one game in 13 days.

“Tom had by far his best offensive game of the year tonight and I’m happy for him,” Austin head coach Kris Fadness said.

The Packer defense forced 22 turnovers and Austin shot 61 percent from the field.

“Our defense was outstanding and we moved the ball real well,” Fadness said.

Austin beat West 56-45 in the teams’ first meeting Jan. 4.

Austin 39 44 — 83

West 17 24 — 41

Austin scoring: Tom Aase, 25; Joe Aase, 22; Zach Wessels, 12; Ajuda Nywesh, 5; Gach Gach, 5; Bret Lukes, 4; Collin Weisert, 3; Nik Gasner, 3; Zach Coffey, 2; Curtis Oberbroeckling, 2; field goals: 61 percent (32-for-52); three-pointers: 47 percent (7-for-15); free throws: 86 percent (12-for-14)