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AUSTIN EDITION - Austin posts 3rd-quarter shutout

ST. PAUL -- The Austin boys beat Champlin Park 59-51 in Thursday's opening round of the Hamline Holiday Basketball Tournament.

Defense was the key to victory for the Austin Packers in a second half comeback. The Packers trailed by three points at halftime, but they pitched a shutout in the third quarter.

Austin outscored Champlin Park 11-0 in the third quarter and took control of the contest.

"Anytime you get something like that it's a combination of things," Austin coach Kris Fadness said. "We did a much better job defensively in the third quarter and they went cold.

"They were a penetrate and pitch team without a whole lot of size. We kept the ball in front of us and didn't give them second chances in the third quarter. We also did a much better job of rebounding in the second half."

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Jon Bain and John Duren led the second half rally for the Packers. Bain had six points in the third quarter, all on post-up moves in the paint.

Duren had 10 of his team-high 16 points in the fourth quarter. Duren hit a pair of three-pointers in the final period and was the only Austin player to hit double figures.

"In the second half, we did a better job of moving the ball and finding the open shot," Fadness said. "Bain had some nice moves inside and Duren got hot to help us pull away."

The Austin lead reached its zenith at 13 points, but Champlin Park didn't go down without a fight.

After a series of three-pointers, Champlin Park had reduced the deficit to 51-45 with under two minutes to play. But the Packers made their free throws down the stretch and held on for the win.

"I was happy with the effort, both offensively and defensively, especially in the second half," Fadness said. "They hit four late threes, but we kept our composure and got the win. It's always nice to win the first game of the tournament."

Austin (3-4) plays Park Center today at 7 p.m.

AUSTIN (59)

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Kyle Rizzi 6, Joey Kroc 7, Tucker Schieck 5, Jon Bain 9, John Duren 16, Jordan Van Proosdy 9, Mike Tray 5, Mark Cavanaugh 0, Marc Forman 0, Jon Barnett 2.

CHAMPLIN PARK (51)

Andrew Payne 5, Ramone Huber 3, Mike Much 4, Brian Schiesl 9, Aaron Jenkins 8, Drew Mayer 2, Mike Zolago 20.

Quarter scores

Austin 11 26 37 59

; Champlin Park 14 29 29 51

; Three-point goals -- Austin 3 (Duren 2, Tray 1). CP 6 (Jenkins 2, Payne 1, Huber 1, Schiesl 1, Zolago 1).

Free throws -- Austin 6-13. Chaplin Park 5-8.

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Fouled out -- CP: Jenkins.

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