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AUSTIN EDITION - Perfect still in 2005

Austin boys defeat Lourdes

Austin boys basketball made it three wins in a row with a 43-39 victory over Rochester Lourdes on Saturday night.

A vocal home crowd at Ove Berven Gym gave the Austin boys the edge in a close non-conference win. Donald Brown led the way for the Packers with 10 points on the night, including a pair of three-pointers.

"It was a great crowd at Berven Gym and a nice atmosphere," Austin coach Kris Fadness said. "Our student section was outstanding and got us going. It was an exciting evening all around."

Most exciting for the Packers and their fans was the presence of Alex Kaiser on the court. Kaiser was hit in the nose on Friday night at Albert Lea and questionable for Saturday's game, but he shook off the injury to help the team win.

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"Kaiser had X-rays on Saturday morning and fortunately nothing was broken," Fadness said of his team's leading scorer. "He was sore, but played through it."

Since the beginning of the new year, Fadness has instituted some lineup changes and the moves have paid off. The coach has also changed the roles of different players and the team has shown marked improvement from its 1-8 start.

Sophomore John Stevens has been a spark for the Packers since receiving more playing time. Stevens had a pair of three-pointers in the first half against the Lourdes Eagles.

"We made some drastic changes in the things we were doing and right now the boys are rolling," Fadness said. "I'm proud of the way guys have changed their roles. Brown is now coming off the bench and he's done a great job of adapting to that changing role. Stevens and Brown both hit two threes in the first half to keep us close."

Senior guard Andy Sundal gave the Packers a lift by scoring all five of his points in the fourth quarter.

Austin (4-8) is off until Friday night when it plays host to defending state champion and No. 1 ranked Mankato West.

LOURDES (39)

Jay Hanson 18, Tyler Kodet 10, Chris Brunkhorst 4, Dan Lose 3, Gores 2, Matt Pierskalla 1, Bienhorn 1, Patel 0, Lembach 0.

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AUSTIN (43)

Alex Kaiser 7, Tyler Christiansen 2, Donald Brown 10, Dolan Wagner 6, Jake Krueger 4, John Stevens 6, Andy Sundal 5, Taylor Schieck 3, Conor Johnson 0.

Quarter scores

Lourdes 14 23 32 39

; Austin 12 23 32 43

; Three-point goals -- Lourdes 2 (Hanson 2), Austin 5 (Stevens 2, Brown 2, Sundal 1).

Free throws -- Lourdes 11-24, Austin 10-12.

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