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Boys basketball: Farmington rallies past Red Wing

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Boys basketball: Farmington rallies past Red Wing
Farmington Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

The Farmington basketball team made up for a slow start with a furious finish Friday night against Red Wing.

The Tigers overcame an 18-point second-half deficit by closing with a 28-5 to surge past seventh-ranked (Class 3A) Red Wing 69-64 in a Missota Conference thriller at Tiger Gym.Nick Varner hauls down a rebound for Farmington during last week’s win over Red Wing.

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Red Wing (10-2) took advantage of Farmington’s cold-shooting first half, building a seven-point lead by the break. The visitors maintained momentum with a 23-12 run to start the second half, putting them in front 59-41.

That’s when the Tigers finally got going. Mac Bassett and Zach Speikers drilled back-to-back three-pointers and Speikers converted a three-point play to make it 62-50. Four straight points by Johnny Dittman finally tied the score at 62 apiece and another bucket by Speikers completed the rally.

Speikers then iced the game with a pair of free throws, capping off a 33-point effort where he made six three-pointers and all seven of his free throws. It was the fourth 30-plus point game for Speikers, who is averaging a team-high 18.4.

Eli Rockett turned in another double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds and Dittman reached double figures with 10 points.

Nick Varner supplied nine rebounds.

Last Tuesday the Tigers (11-3) suffered their first conference loss of the season as Chaska knocked down 16 three-pointers in a 94-80 win.

Jordan DeCroock’s basket got Farmington back within six at 45-39 just before halftime, but the Hawks closed the first half with a three and opened the second with another, sparking a 21-9 run that pushed their lead to 18 points at 66-48.

Dittman led four Farmington players in double figures with a season-high 21 points, including four three-pointers. Rockett scored 19 points, Speikers dropped in 14 and Varner provided 13 points, a team-high eight boards and six assists.

DeCroock added eight points off the bench.

The Tigers traveled to New Prague Tuesday night and are back on the road at Holy Angels tomorrow night.

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Matt Steichen
Matt Steichen has been the sports editor at the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. He has previously been a sports writer at the Sioux City Journal and Le Mars Daily Sentinel and the sports editor at the Austin Daily Herald.
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