Spectacular last-second alley-oop dunk sends Austin Packers to State Tournament
Austin's Tom Aase dunks for the win
Austin Coach Kris Fadness: "play executed to perfection"
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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC-TV) -- A sensational last-second alley-oop dunk by Tom Aase brought the house down at Rochester's Mayo Civic Center and sent the Austin Packers to the State Basketball Tournament as the Section 1AAA Champions.
The Packers are headed back to the state tournament for the first time in 30 years and will face St. Paul Johnson in the opening round on Wednesday in Minneapolis.
Austin coach Kris Fadness said his team has worked on that play in practice all year long, and said after the game "it was executed to perfection." It stunned New Prague, with the final score 43-41 as the buzzer sounded.
On hand to witness the fantastic finish were four members of the 1981-82 Austin Packers teams that went to the state tournament in back-to-back years. One of them, Lee Aase, is the father and uncle of two of this year's Packers stars.
Watch KTTC NewsCenter Sports for the best coverage of all of our area teams through the State Basketball Tournament.