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Cougars end Austin’s winning streak

The Austin boys basketball team took a major hit to its Big Nine title hopes as it lost to Mankato East (13-1 overall, 11-0 Big Nine) 58-52 in Mankato Monday.

The loss snapped a nine-game winning streak for the Packers (11-2 overall, 8-2 Big Nine) who are now two games back of East in the loss column.

Ogur Gari scored to bring Austin within 53-52 with 2:17 left, but the Packers went scoreless the rest of the way.

Agwa Nywesh finished with 16 points, four rebounds and four steals for the Packers.

Austin 26  26    52

East 28  30    58

Austin scoring: Agwa Nywesh, 16; Ogur Gari, 10; Teyghan Hovland, 7; Pierre Lilly, 6; Moses Idris, 6; Victor Idris, 5; Okey Okey, 2; free throws: 70 percent (7-for-10)