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Boys basketball: Tigers split with ranked teams

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Boys basketball: Tigers split with ranked teams
Farmington Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

The Farmington boys basketball team entered Friday night's road game at Lakeville North averaging 78.5 points in its first four outings. The 10th-ranked (Class 4A) Panthers allowed an average of 55 over their first four games, all victories, and their defense was once again up to the task in an 84-63 win.

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Standout JP Macura dropped in a game-high 36 points, including 10 straight early in the second half that helped North extend its 46-34 halftime lead.

Eli Rockett led the Tigers with a double-double, scoring 18 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Zach Speikers added a season-high 14 points.

The Tigers opened the week with a 97-95 overtime road upset of head coach Shane Wyandt's alma mater, Spring Lake Park. The 10th-ranked (Class 3A) Panthers had won the last seven meetings between the two teams dating back to the 2005-06 season.

Mac Bassett finished with a career-high 34 points. Rockett scored a career-high 19 points and hauled in 12 rebounds and Darren Beenken added 18 points. Johnny Dittman gave the team four players in double figures with 10 points.

The Tigers shot 57 percent and made 35 of 41 free throws.

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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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