The schedule has paid the Austin Packers no favors in the early going this season. In their first 12 games, the Packers have played two of Class 4A's top-five ranked teams, as well as Matthew Hurt and the John Marshall Rockets. The Packers -- at 12-0 -- have yet to lose a game.
Senior guard Moses Issa commented on the stretch, "It's been good. We've been winning these big games that mean a lot. We've got a harder schedule than last year, too, so to win those games, it means a lot."
Everybody already knows about high-flying Austin star Duoth Gach, but it has been a different Austin senior leading the way for the Packers in their toughest games so far this season.
"In our, arguably, three biggest games so far this year with Lakeville North, Mankato East and J-M, [Issa] has been our leading scorer. He is a tough person to guard because he can hurt you from so many different spots on the floor. His ability to handle the ball, his ability to catch and shoot... he has the ability to score from every spot on the floor in every way" said Austin head coach Kris Fadness.
Fadness thinks it's the depth of Issa's game that has made him such a force in the early going this season.
"He's a physical beast. He's about 6-2, 6-3... he's simply the most explosive athlete I've ever coached. He's a freak dunker, freak jumper, he's shooting the three ball at over 45% right now this year, so he's shooting the three ball extremely well, and then off the dribble he is really hard for people to guard."
Issa scored a team-high 20 points in the Packers win over John Marshall, a game that he had had his eyes on since last season.
"It feels good because it was just revenge. It feels good. We work hard. We wanted to get that win. It was marked on our calendar since the end of last year."
Moses Issa of the Austin Packers Boys Basketball team is this week's KTTC NewsCenter Sports Athlete of the Week.