Packer boys grind out Huskies

Published 11:38 pm Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Austin boys basketball team won a defensive battle when they edged out Owatonna (7-7 overall, 5-6 Big Nine) 42-37 in Owatonna Tuesday.

Zach Coffey came up with a steal and an assist to Gach Gach for a lay-up to put Austin (7-8 overall, 6-5 Big Nine) up 38-33 with 3:30 to go in the game and the Huskies never got closer than three the rest of the way. Gach finished with 20 points and seven rebounds.

Austin was out-rebounded 49-30, but it forced 20 turnovers, while only committing seven turnovers. Austin shot 29 percent from the field and Owatonna shot 27 percent from the field.

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“I’d like to believe that the defense of both teams was pretty good tonight,” Austin head coach Kris Fadness said. “It was a grinder, but Gach really stepped up for us tonight and made some big plays.”

Austin 22 20 — 42

Owatonna 18 19 — 37

Austin scoring: Gach Gach, 20; Zach Coffey, 7; Nik Gasner, 6; Tate Hebrink, 3; Noah Brehmer, 2; Both Gach, 2 ; Levi Vierkandt, 2; free throws: 31 percent (5-for-16)