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State Tournament Summary
By MSHSL  Staff
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – No. 2 Austin (27-2) used a 16-4 spurt to start the second half before earning a 64-55 win over Sauk Rapids-Rice (21-9) in the 2018 MSHSL Class AAA Boys’ Basketball Tournament quarterfinals at Williams Arena on Wednesday afternoon.

The Packers head back to the state semifinals, a familiar spot for a program that has finished state runner-up three times since 2013 including last season. They’ll face the Delano vs. No. 3 Mankato East winner on Thursday, March 22 at Target Center. Sauk Rapids-Rice will face the loser of that quarterfinal in the consolation semifinal on Thursday at 4 p.m. at Gangelhoff Center on the campus of Concordia-St. Paul. The Storm is in its second state tournament appearance, last finishing as state runner-up in 2003.

Senior forward Moses Issa led the Packers with 20 points on 8-14 shooting including a pair of three-pointers. Senior forward Nyagoa Obany was efficient in putting up 14 points on seven shots (6-7) while adding eight rebounds and four steals. Senior guard Tate Hebrink added 12 points on five shots (3-5), had four assists and three steals.

Austin’s defense and athleticism caused problems for the Storm, as the Packers created 23 turnovers with 17 steals and capitalized with a 24-9 margin in points off turnovers.

Sauk Rapids-Rice was led seniors Cody Landwehr and Anthony Massman, who produced double-doubles for the Storm. Massman had 18 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and three steals while Landwehr had 13 points and 11 rebounds.

The closely contested first half featured three ties and a pair of lead changes with Sauk Rapids-Rice holding the slight upper hand in the opening six-plus minutes, leading by as many as four.

Austin was able to turn the tables, using an 11-2 run to claim a seven point lead (19-12) after the midway point of the half (8:29). Although it was a lead that Austin would not relinquish the rest of the game, the Storm kept the margin within reach throughout the half, trimming it to a three point game at the break, 30-27.

Austin made its second crucial run to start the second half as the 16-4 stretch of play spanned the first five and a half minutes of the half and gave the Packers a 15-point lead with 12:24 to go.

Although the Storm was able to narrow it to single-digits multiple times, the closest they’d come down the stretch was six points, 61-55 but only 27 seconds remaining.

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