Packers fall to Delano, will play third place game Saturday

Published 2:57 pm Thursday, March 22, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS – The Austin boys basketball team lost to Delano 80-68 in the Minnesota Class AAA semifinals in Target Center.

The Tigers used a 12-2 run early in the second half to go up 51-35 and the Packers never got closer than seven the rest of the way.

Austin was as close as 29-28 when Medi Obang hit a three-pointer with 4:40 left in the first half.

Duoth Gach works in the corner during the first half against Delano in the Minnesota Class AAA Boys Basketball State Tournament semifinals in Target Center Thursday. Eric Johnson/

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Delano’s Calvin Wishart, who had 29 points, 19 rebounds and seven assists, gave the Tigers early momentum when he converted a four-point play after to put the Tigers up 20-12 while drawing the second foul on Duoth Gach, who finished with 17 points, early in the game.

Austin rallied back to get within 22-20 after Ngor Deng hit a pair of deep threes with 8:46 left in the first half.

Austin will play DeLaSalle in the third place game in Concordia University at 2 p.m. Saturday.