Owatonna’s Jay Sullivan, left, dribbles past Austin freshman Tate Hebrink Tuesday in a Big Nine Conference game at the OHS gymnasium. (Jon Weisbrod/People’s Press)

The Owatonna boys basketball team couldn’t overcome its turnovers and an ice cold outing from the floor in a 42-37 Big Nine Conference loss to Austin on Tuesday at OHS.

“Their defense is solid and there’s a reason they aren’t giving up many points,” said OHS coach Josh Williams, whose team trailed 22-18 at the half. “The shots were a little bit hurried and we didn’t finish as well as we needed to. I thought our effort was great; we competed hard. Offensively—which has kind of been a reoccurring theme—we had turnovers and a lack of putting the ball in the basket, especially from the three-point line. It’s hard to win games when you can’t get the ball in the hoop.”

The Huskies shot just 3 of 16 from the 3-point line and struggled to score anywhere else on the floor. OHS also had 19 turnovers to the Packers’ 12.

A bright spot for the Huskies was on the glass, where the Huskies outrebounded the Packers 40-21. Daniel Boubin led with eight rebounds to go with eight points.

Alex Emanuelson led the OHS scoring with 11 points.

Gach Gach had a game-high 19 points for Austin (7-8).

Owatonna (7-7, 6-5) hosts Rochester Century at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Austin 42, Owatonna 37

OHS scoring: Cole Butler 2, Dexter Leer 6, Alex Emanuelson 11, Daniel Boubin 8 (8 rebounds), Eli Havelka 2, Mason Thein 8 (6 rebounds). Halftime: 22-18 Austin

Reach sports editor Kaleb Roedel at 444-2374, or follow him on @OPPKaleb

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