Passing Grade: Packers control the ball in big win over Northfield

Published 9:08 am Wednesday, February 19, 2020

The Packers stopped dribbling and started passing as they controlled the ball as well as they have all season in a 62-38 win over Northfield in Packer Gym Tuesday.

Austin had just four turnovers in the first half and it forced 14 Northfield turnovers in that stretch to take a 21-point lead into the break.

“I was really happy with the ball movement in the first half. I was happy, across the board, with everything,” Austin head coach Kris Fadness said. “In the second half I thought we got to overextended and they settled in against our zone, but once we settled down and contested their shots, we were fine.”

Austin’s Moses Idris looks inside with the pass against Northfield Tuesday night in Packer Gym. Eric Johnso/

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Okey Okey poured in 28 points for Austin (19-4 overall, 15-4 Big Nine) as he knocked down eight three-pointers. He helped put the game away as he drilled three of his threes a three-minute stretch to put Austin up 53-38 after the Raiders (7-16 overall, 6-13 Big Nine) had crept to within 41-33.

“I’m happy with the way we finished the game in the last five minutes,” Fadness said. “Other than six minutes in the second half, I thought were pretty dang good.”

Austin senior Agwa Nywesh added nine points, six rebounds and five steals, Teyghan Hovland had nine points and seven rebounds, and Moses Idris chipped in eight points and seven rebounds.

Austin’s Victor Idris battles through traffic against Northfield in the first half Tuesday night in Packer Gym. Eric Johnson/

Nywesh said the ball movement made everything more effective for Austin’s attack.

“Fadness has been preaching ball movement the whole season and we’re starting to take note that when we move the ball, we’re a way better team,” Nywesh said. “It’s way easier to close the game out when the ball is moving. With Okey shooting as well as is he is, that made it easy easier for everyone else to get their points.”

Austin’s Teyghan Hovland controls the ball against the pressure of Northfield’s Tate Journell during the first half Tuesday night in Packer Gym. Eric Johnson/

Northfield 14  24    38

Austin 35  27    62

Austin scoring: Okey Okey, 28; Agwa Nywesh, 9; Teyghan Hovland, 9; Moses Idris, 8; Jacob Venenga, 3; Lero Oman, 2; Pierre Lilly, 2; Victor Idris, 1; free throws: 70 percent (7-for-10); rebounds: 33 (Hovland, 7); turnovers: 14