Boys' Basketball: Red Wing falls to Austin in sections
A competitive first half quickly took a turn for the worse for Red Wing boys' basketball in their Section 1AAA semifinal game against the Austin Packers in Rochester Monday night. The Wingers played some tough defense in the first half and trailed the Packers by just six at halftime, but a run to start the second half helped Austin pull away and eventually win by 27. With the loss to Austin, Red Wing's season came to an end in sections after edging out the Simley Spartans in the first round.
Red Wing got off to a great start against Austin with some good defense that led to steals and layups for the Wingers and they led 6-1 with 11 minutes, 45 seconds left in the first half. From there, the Packers cut the Wingers' lead to 8-6 and then their ball pressure began to take effect, forcing 13 Red Wing turnovers for the half. After a cold shooting start, Austin began to get to the basket and opened up a 21-14 lead before senior Carson Nystuen hit a three near the end of the half and the Wingers trailed 23-17.
The second half saw Austin quickly open up a 15 point lead in the first five to six minutes and never look back. With 10 minutes left the Wingers trailed by 21 had been outscored 23-8 in the second half by the Packers. The final was 67-40 Austin, who advances to the Section 1AAA championship game as the No. 1 seed and will face No. 2 Northfield.
Senior Mac Desutter led the Wingers in scoring with 13 points, most of which came on drives to the basket. Nystuen added eight points including the team's only two 3-pointers, while freshman Dayne Wojcik scored seven, fellow freshman Deso Buck four, senior Zach Cota and junior DonTray Johnson each had three points and senior Marcus Walm contributed two.