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Boys basketball: Tigers complete league sweeps
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A close game finally went Farmington's way Friday night in Chanhassen.

After losing three straight Friday night games by a combined five points, the Tigers made some big shots down the stretch to close out a 61-59 road win over the Storm.


The Tigers trailed 25-18 at the break, but exploded for 43 points over the final 18 minutes. Mac Bassett drilled a late three-pointer to give the visitors the lead for good and Darren Beenken followed with a steal and slam dunk to help seal the win.

"It was a slugfest in the last few minutes," Farmington coach Shane Wyandt said. "This was a nice road win against one of the hottest teams in our league. They had won five of their last six games since getting their best player (Joey Witthus) back, so to take that one away was nice."

Witthus rang up a season-high 37 points in the loss.

Beenken finished with a team-high 18 points. Mac Bassett added 16 points and five blocked shots and Eli Rockett earned his third straight double-double, scoring 12 points and hauling in 18 rebounds.

The Tigers jumped out to a 16-5 lead at home last Tuesday against Northfield and completed a season sweep of the Raiders with a 68-52 victory.

Beenken led four players in double figures with 17 points and four assists. Johnny Dittman was right behind with 16 points and Eli Rockett turned in another double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds.

Bassett matched Rockett's 12 points and Zach Speikers scored eight points, grabbed four rebounds and handed out four assists.

The Tigers led 36-20 by halftime, and then put the game away with an 8-0 run to start the second half.

"I thought our overall defense and rebounding stuck out in both wins last week and that translated to helping us win," Wyandt said. "When we rebound well, especially on the defensive end, we are tough to beat.... If we can continue to work hard on improving on the glass and defensive end, everything else will follow for us."

The regular season comes to a close tomorrow night at second-place Shakopee. The Tigers sit in a tie for fourth place with Chanhassen at 6-6, one game behind third-place New Prague. Holy Angels is a game up on Shakopee with a record of 10-2 and had the chance to clinch the lead with a win over the Sabers Tuesday night.

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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