Packer boys basketball team holds off Albert Lea

Published 10:40 pm Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Austin boys basketball team had to finish strong to beat Albert Lea (1-3 overall, 0-1 Big Nine) 66-53 in AL Tuesday.

The Packers (3-0 overall, 1-0 Big NIne) trailed early in the second half and they led just 39-38 at one point before Nik Gasner caught fire from behind the 3-point line. Gasner scored a career-high 20 points as he knocked down five of his six 3s in the second half.

Ajuda Nywesh of Austin handles the ball outside the perimeter Tuesday at Albert Lea. Austin won 66-53. -- Micah Bader/Albert Lea Tribune

Ajuda Nywesh of Austin handles the ball outside the perimeter Tuesday at Albert Lea. Austin won 66-53. — Micah Bader/Albert Lea Tribune

“Nik gave us a spark off the bench in the second half,” Austin head coach Kris Fadness said. “Albert Lea played well tonight and I give their kids a lot of credit. They’ve had some injuries that have hurt them, but they’ve got some seniors and some athletes who stepped up.”

Bret Lukes added 19 points for the Packers.

Austin 30 36 — 66

AL 26 27 — 53

Austin scoring: Nik Gasner, 20; Bret Lukes, 19; Zach Wessel, 11; Curtis Oberbroeckling, 9; Ajuda Nywesh, 6; Gach Gach, 1; free throws: 81 percent (13-for-16)