Boys Basketball | Austin 73, Mayo 42
AUSTIN — Austin showed once again Thursday night why it's the top boys basketball team in the Big Nine Conference.
The Packers rolled to their latest win, beating Mayo 73-42.
Austin (8-0, 13-3) built a resounding 41-14 halftime lead. It was huge half for Packers standout guard Zach Wessels, as he scored 24 of his 26 points in the frame.
Austin also had its defense turned up early.
"(We) capitalized off of Mayo turnovers to jump off to an early lead and (hung) on," Austin coach Kris Fadness said.
Besides Wessels' 26 points, Bret Lukes had 13 and Gach Gach 10.
John Lundquist led Mayo with 11 points and six rebounds. Standout center Dan Jech was held to six points, 11 below his average.
Mayo coach Shaun Lang said that Austin is a handful.
"Austin is a talented and disciplined team led by great guards," he said. "Going to their gym, combined with a solid shooting night from them spelled disaster for us. We need to learn from it and bounce back quickly."
Mayo is 4-4, 4-10.
Austin 73, Mayo 42
John Lundquis 11, Grant Coleman 5, Trajan Grimsrud 3, Alec Armon 2, Cooper Ramaker 2, Jay Alston 3, Jaret Stellmaker 4, Dan Jech 6, Caleb Adams 4, Cole Carruth 2.
Other stats:Lundquist 6 rebounds.
Adam Bergstrom 3, Ajuda Nywesh 2, Bret Lukes 13, Curtis Oberbroeckling 2, Gach Gach 10, Levi Vierkandt 2, Nik Gasner 6, Noah Brehmer 3, Taylor Peck 6, Zach Wessels 26.
Other stats:Wessels 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals.
Halftime:AUST 41, MAYO 14.
Free throws:MAYO 1-7, AUST 10-13.
Three-point goals:MAYO 3 (Coleman 1, Grimsrud 1, Alston 1), AUST 11 (Lukes 4, Gach 2, Gasner 2, Wessels 1, Bergstrom 1, Brehmer 1).
Notes:Wessels scored 24 in first half as Austin capitalized off of Mayo turnovers to jump off to early lead and hang on.