Alexandria boys get a statement win in emphatic fashion against 7th-ranked Austin
Class AAA's 7th-ranked Austin was no match for 4th-ranked Alexandria in the Breakdown Tip-Off Classic at Hopkins High School on Saturday afternoon.
The Alexandria boys basketball team has a bunch of players that can score the ball as evidence from a 93-point season opener this year. What fans are finding out early on this season is that Alexandria’s defense is equally as impressive.
The fourth-ranked Cardinals were at the Breakdown Tip-Off Classic at Hopkins High School on Saturday afternoon where they played what looked like a good matchup on paper against 7th-ranked Austin (1-1). Alexandria shut down the Packers to win 68-34 and improve to 3-0. The Cardinals have outscored teams by almost 32 points a game in their three wins.
Alexandria led 40-21 at the half.
"We had tremendous energy and fight on the defensive end," head coach Forrest Witt said. "Because of that, we were the aggressor throughout the game."
Victor Idris was Austin’s only player in double figures with 10 points. Kristen Hoskins had 18 points for the Cardinals, and sophomore forward Grayson Grove added 15 points. Grove was named the Breakdown player of the game for his performance.
"I love how our guys are competing right now," Witt said. "They are beginning to find their fit within our team and how they can provide a positive impact."
The Cardinals will play at Willmar (0-2) on Tuesday night at 7:15.
ALEXANDRIA 68, AUSTIN 34
ALEXANDRIA SCORING - Carter Steffensmeier - 3; Jaxon Schoenrock - 3; Myles Sansted - 12; Peter Sansted - 5; Wyatt Odland - 3; Kristen Hoskins - 18; Erik Hedstrom - 4; Trevin Hoepner - 2; Grayson Grove - 15; Dawson Roderick - 1; Elijah Vanderveer - 2
AUSTIN SCORING - Morris Jabetah - 3; Ater Manyuon - 2; Gage Manahan - 2; Jared Lillemon - 3; Kaden Murley - 7; Manny Guy - 3; Victor Idris - 10; Buai Duop - 4