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Boys basketball: Tigers survive at Holy Angels

Johnny Dittman’s three-pointer with two seconds left allowed the Farmington basketball team to overcome the absence of leading scorer Zach Speikers and rally for a 60-59 Missota Conference road win over Holy Angels Friday night in Richfield.Farmington’s Zach Speikers scored 28 points last Tuesday against New Prague before going down with a knee injury. “My hope is that we can use the Holy Angels game as a real learning experience playing without one of main guys and still be able to mount a big comeback late in the game on the road,” Farmington coach Shane Wyandt said. “That is the most impressive thing. Guys stepped up when they absolutely had to.”

Speikers injured his knee in last Tuesday’s 77-61 win over New Prague and is game-to-game. His absence, along with Eli Rockett and Nick Varner’s foul trouble, forced the Tigers to make some adjustments on the offensive end.

“I think we were a little flustered on offense and we then had some early foul trouble with Rockett and Varner which forced us to sit both of those guys for longer stretches than we wanted,” Wyandt said. “We were playing with some combinations of players at times that hadn't played much together this season that hampered us at times searching for scoring and getting into our offense.”

Wyatt Ferm stepped into an increased role and provided a season-high 16 points for the Tigers. Mac Bassett matched his 16 points while knocking down three three-pointers and Rockett and Jordan DeCroock scored nine points apiece.

Dittman’s game-winning three-pointer was the only field goal he made all game.

At full strength earlier in the week, the Tigers had no trouble pulling away from New Prague. Rockett’s lay-up made it 27-16 late in the first half and the Trojans never got back within single digits.

“New Prague was one of the most complete games we've had all year. We started off pretty fast getting some stops on defense and quick transitions the other way. When we weren't able to get quick transition buckets we were able to get some nice open looks,” Wyandt said. “I thought our defensive rebounding, transition, and offensive patience was pretty solid all night and gave a nice road victory.”

Speikers paced the visitors with four three-pointers and a game-high 28 points. Rockett scored 17 points and Bassett added 10. DeCroock scored nine points off the bench.

Varner led the team with seven rebounds and five assists.

The Tigers (13-3, 4-1) hosted Spring Lake Park Tuesday. They resume Missota Conference play tomorrow night at Chanhassen and take on first-place Shakopee at home next Tuesday.