March 21, 2019 06:54 PM
(ABC 6 News) – For a third-straight season, the Austin Packers boys’ basketball team was among the “final four” teams left in their field—but for a third-straight season, a state title won’t be coming to SPAMtown.
Thanks to a late run, the Waseca Bluejays, the no.2 seed in the Class AAA state tournament, defeated the third-seeded Packers in Thursday’s semifinals, 79-69. It marks the second-straight season the Packers’ were knocked out of state contention in the state semifinals. Austin hasn't won a state title in boys' basketball since 1958.
After taking a 62-60 lead late in the second-half, Waseca rallied, finishing the game on a 19-7 scoring run to put the Packers away.
"For us to be back in this position, with have only one returning starter I think it says a lot about the quality of our kids, their passion for basketball and how hard they work at it," Packers head coach Kris Fadness said about his team's efforts and ability this season.
Austin was led in scoring by senior Medi Obang, who finished with 28 points. Obang has averaged 21 points per game in two state tournament contests.
"Medi Obang has had an outstanding career for us," Fadness said about his senior guard. "Only playing two seasons for us, as a junior and senior, and ends his career less than 50 points from 1,000. So for him to have the scoring career he had in the two years he's played is outstanding."
Waseca was led in scoring by a pair of sophomores, Ryan DuFault (30 points) and Andrew Morgan (23 points). Morgan had a double-double, pulling down 15 rebounds, and fellow sophomore Kyreese Willingham added 14 points and nine rebounds.
With the win, the Bluejays will play top-seeded DeLaSalle for the Class AAA state title on Saturday. With the loss, the Packers will play Princeton for third place. Their third-place game will be played on Saturday at Concordia University in St. Paul at 2:00 p.m.
Updated: March 21, 2019 06:54 PM
Created: March 21, 2019 04:57 PM
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