Boys basketball: Tigers drop two more
New Prague exploded for 46 second-half points and ended its three-game losing streak with a 73-64 victory over Farmington Friday night in New Prague.
The Tigers led 31-27 at the break and were still within a possession when their offense went cold in the final four minutes. Meanwhile, the Trojans pulled away as senior Danny Geiger put the finishing touches on his 27-point outing. Jed Kreuser added 18 points and Cale Girten chipped in 14 for New Prague, now 15-9.
Farmington, which slipped to 6-18 with its third straight loss, was led by Kyle Winkelman's 20 points. The senior reached the mark for the ninth time this season.
Junior Alex Michels reached double figures for the 12th time in 16 games with 14 points and senior Mike Jolliff tacked on 10 points. Darren Beenken and Connor Duffy each scored nine points.
Head coach Shane Wyandt said despite the loss his team played pretty well, considering senior leader Justin Lavey missed the game with a broken nose he suffered during practice earlier in the week.
"Overall I was happy with the guys' effort on both ends and feel they stepped up well considering we were playing without Lavey," he said.
Holy Angels 64,
Senior Cole Frechette dropped in 20 points and Holy Angels completed a season sweep of Farmington with a 64-62 Missota Conference win last Tuesday night at Tiger Gym.
Wyandt said his team once again struggled taking care of the ball and rebounding, two areas that have plagued the Tigers throughout the season.
"They played very physical pressure defense and we turned the ball over way too much against it," he said. "It came down to turnovers and giving up rebounds on our defensive end down the stretch. In games we've lost that's been the trend."
Winkelman finished with a team-high 16 points and Michels was right behind with 15 points. Duffy added nine points.
The Tigers are currently 4-8 in the Missota Conference. They lead Northfield by one game and can lock up fifth place in the eight-team league with a win in one of their final two games -- Tuesday at home against 10th-ranked (Class 3A) Hutchinson and Friday at Red Wing.