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Boys basketball: Tigers run by Mayo, Hastings

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Two big scoring runs sparked the Farmington boys basketball team to a pair of lopsided victories last week.

The Tigers started the second half with a 16-0 surge in last Tuesday's 71-54 win over Rochester Mayo at Tiger Gym. They continued to click offensively Friday night and put a young Hastings team away early with a 10-0 run out of the gate in an eventual 77-38 romp.

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Every player on the roster saw game action and 11 got in the scoring column against Hastings as the Tigers pulled in front 38-20 by halftime. Shortly after the break another 10-0 Farmington run was punctuated by a slam dunk from Eli Rockett, who got a lob pass from Darren Beenken.

Rockett led the team with a career-high 16 points. Beenken scored 14 points and Johnny Dittman had 13. The Tigers shot 59 percent from the floor.

Nick Varner led the Tigers with eight rebounds and six assists.

The Tigers led just 37-33 at halftime last Tuesday before pulling away. The Spartans stayed close by knocking down seven three-pointers, but they went scoreless over the first six minutes of the second half as the home started clicking. Dittman and Mac Bassett each splashed three-pointers and the Tigers pulled ahead 53-33.

Bassett finished with a team-high 23 points. Alex Chadwick scored 12 points and Dittman and Rockett each tacked on nine. Beenken chipped in with eight points, eight rebounds and four assists.

The Tigers shot 49 percent from long range and made seven three-pointers.

Varner led the team with 11 rebounds and seven assists.

The Tigers (2-1) traveled to Spring Lake Park Tuesday and are on the road again tomorrow night at Lakeville North.

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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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