Lack of offense continues for AHS

Published 12:00 am Saturday, February 1, 2003

A three-point Austin lead went down with senior center Jon Bain in the second quarter, and the Packer boys' basketball team lost a 48-36 Big Nine Conference clash at Rochester Mayo Friday night.

Bain, Austin's second-leading scorer, landed on a Mayo defender's foot after netting a jumpshot early in the second quarter. The Packers' three-point lead disappeared despite efforts from Kyle Rizzi, who scored all six of his points in the second period, and Mayo made an 11-0 run to end the third quarter and cinch the win.

"We're looking for kids to step up down the stretch," said AHS coach Kris Fadness, who saw his team fall to 6-10 overall and 3-8 in the conference. "We did not shoot well from the perimeter. All our offense runs through Jon, and we were kind of lost without him."

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Austin made just 5-of-21 field-goal attempts after halftime. Mayo made its mark on John Duren, Austin's leading scorer, and held him to just four points. Duren's first bucket started the second quarter scoring, but Bain's absence in the paint proved poisonous for the Packers.

"We just did not shoot well, and Mayo did a nice job on Duren," Fadness said. "We missed our opportunity in the third quarter."

The Packers, after trailing 29-23 at half, chased the Spartans down to within two, 31-29. But Mayo went on an 11-0 run that lasted into the fourth quarter and kept Austin out of the running.

AHS was held scoreless for the first five-and-a-half minutes of the fourth quarter, finishing with fewer than 40 points for the fifth time this season.

Tucker Schieck led the Packers with eight points and nine rebounds, replacing Bain in the paint for much of the remainder. Marc Forman also filled in with four points in an increased role. Bain scored six points before exiting with an ankle injury.

Ben Sullivan scored 14 points to lead the Spartans, who have climbed into third place in the Big Nine standings behind Mankato East and Rochester John Marshall.

Austin, now tied with Albert Lea for last in the league, hosts Mankato East (12-4, 8-3) Tuesday night at Ove Berven Gym.


AUSTIN (36) -- Mike Tray 1, Kyle Rizzi 6, Joey Kroc 3, Troy Hoefflin 0, Tucker Schieck 8, Jon Bain 6, John Duren 4, Marc Forman 4, Alex Kaiser 4.

MAYO (48) -- Tony Konicek 8, Ben Sullivan 14, Wade Piazza 4, Casey Adkins 13, Kyle Brandy 5, Jared Paukert 1, Rich Majerus 1, David Junge 2.



Three-pointers--Austin 1 (Kroc); Mayo 5 (Sullivan 2, Konicek 2, Brandy).

Free-throws--Austin 5-6; Mayo 11-15.