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Packer boys finish regular season unbeaten

Austin’s Tom Aase blocks the shot of Owatonna’s Andrew Stelter during Friday’s Big Nine Conference boys basketball game at Owatonna High School. -- Kyle Stevens/Owatonna People’s Press

Austin’s Tom Aase blocks the shot of Owatonna’s Andrew Stelter during Friday’s Big Nine Conference boys basketball game at Owatonna High School. — Kyle Stevens/Owatonna People’s Press

OWATONNA — The Austin boys basketball team put the finishing touches of a fantastic regular season when it beat Owatonna (15-11 overall, 11-7 Big Nine) on the road Friday.

The No. 2 ranked Packers (25-0 overall, 18-0 Big Nine) trailed 41-40 halfway through the second, half but Bret Lukes, who scored 15 points, and Ajuda Nywesh each hit 3-pointers during a 12-0 Austin run.

Austin’s Collin Weisert tips a pass intended for Owatonna’s Shad Skala into the stands during Friday’s Big Nine Conference boys basketball game at Owatonna High School. -- Kyle Stevens/Owatonna People’s Press

Austin’s Collin Weisert tips a pass intended for Owatonna’s Shad Skala into the stands during Friday’s Big Nine Conference boys basketball game at Owatonna High School. — Kyle Stevens/Owatonna People’s Press

“Owatonna played really well tonight,” Austin head coach Kris Fadness said. “That big run was key.”

Austin senior Tom Aase finished with 16 points, nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks.

“Tom was making plays all over tonight,” Fadness said. “He was pretty big.”

The Packers will most likely be the top-seeded team in Section 1AAA and they will open the tournament at home next Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Austin 28 32 — 60

Owatonna 26 22 — 48

Austin scoring: Tom Aase, 16; Bret Lukes, 15; Joe Aase, 9; Zach Wessels, 8; Gach Gach, 7; Ajuda Nywesh, 5