Boys basketball: Packers rally past Falcons on the road

Published 9:57 pm Friday, February 3, 2017

The Austin boys basketball team scored the last 10 points of the game as it came back to beat Faribault (10-5 overall, 7-5 Big Nine) 58-53 on the road Friday.

After leading 22-9 early on, the Packers (16-1 overall, 13-1 Big Nine) struggled for a stretch in the second half and they trailed 53-48 with four minutes left. Austin stepped up its defense down the stretch and it found some offensive firepower. Duoth Gach hit a three to bring the Packers within 53-51, Both Gach hit a three to make it 54-53 Austin and Duoth dunked to put Austin up 56-53 with 18 seconds left in the game.

Faribault’s Joe Jackson had a game-tying three rim out and the Packers put the game away at the free throw line.

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The win was third one of the week for the Packers as they beat Mankato West Monday and topped Owatonna Thursday.

“The kids really stepped up in the end,” Austin head coach Kris Fadness said. “I was really worried about this week coming in. Last night [in Owatonna] I thought would take a lot out of us and I thought we extended a lot of energy. To get the W tonight feels good, but I wish we would’ve played better for the first 32 minutes of the game.”

Tate Hebrink had 12 points, five assists and four steals for Austin.

Austin 32  26    58

Faribault 26  27    53

Austin scoring: Douth Gach, 17; Tate Hebrink, 12; Both Gach, 8; Oman Oman, 7; Jany Gash, 5; Kyle Oberbroeckling, 4; Tyler Tupy, 3; Moses Issa, 2; free throws: 28 percent (2-for-7); three-pointers: 34 percent (10-for-29); rebounds: 25; turnovers: 6