January 03, 2018 09:53 PM
(ABC 6 News)- Last season the Austin Packers boy’s basketball team was led by the Gach brothers. This year it’s one less Gach, but the Packers have found a way to stay undefeated on the season, ranking second in the state.
“He’s a high flyer, Duoth gets off his feet extremely well, he’s a human highlight reel out there,” Head Coach Kris Fadness said.
Douth Gach is a senior forward for the Austin Packers basketball team, his first season playing without his brother Both.
“It was different (being on the court without my brother),” Gach said. “He knew where I was on the court and stuff and it was like instant, where I wasn’t getting the ball and stuff, it just feels different.”
“I think it was a situation, we don’t talk about both and our guys are comfortable with who they are as basketball players and have gelled really well together this year and they are forming their own identity,” Fadness said. “Part of the reason he is here is because of the friendships he has, he and our point guard Tate Hebrink have a close bond, they are very good friends and it just seems like our seniors in general gel pretty well together,” Fadess added.
“I have a strong relationship with Tate we’ve been playing together since 7th grade and we’ve just kept that bond strong,” Gach said.
“I’m still confident in Douth (without his brother),” Fadness said. “He’s really taken things to a different level this year, I’m really happy with his leadership.”
“He plays the top of our zone so he gets out in the open court a lot, with fast break situations so he’s getting a lot of dunks, and I would say in his career he’s probably over 50 dunks in his high school career,” Fadness said.
On Friday the Packers beat third-ranked Lakeville North, 71-65.
“In the tournament at Lakeville Duoth had a tremendous two days in reality our toughest competition up to date. He was hyper-focused and really into it. He hits a three to start the game and we’re rolling and it just sort of set the tone the rest of the game guys just all got in the flow we shot the ball extremely well and he was able to make some big plays for us down the stretch,” Fadness said.
“We just came together as a team and played defense and communicated well and just came out with the w (win),” Gach said.
“He puts in a lot of time he works really hard at it, he’s always been a great shooter. He’s 6’5” he can shoot over people and again his ability to get better off the dribble has allowed him to get points off the dribble that maybe he didn’t get in the past but you combine his length, size, shooting ability, we’re running and pressing he’s getting a lot of opportunities to score and he’s just good at what he does,” Fadness said.
Gach averages 14.6 points per game and went over 1,000 career points this past weekend against Forest Lake Area High School.
Gach and the Packers return to the court on Friday at Northfield. Tip-off is set for 7:30p.m.
Updated: January 03, 2018 09:53 PM
Created: January 03, 2018 08:40 PM
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