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Boys basketball: Tigers trip up Trojans, Stars

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Home games against two teams at the bottom of the Missota Conference standings were a welcome sight for the Farmington boys basketball team last week.

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Coming off a stretch of four losses in five games against the top three teams in the league, the Tigers posted double-figure leads by halftime in back-to-back wins over New Prague and Holy Angels.

The Tigers led the Stars 45-30 by halftime Friday night and improved their overall record to 17-7 with an 84-66 win.

Zach Speikers finished a point shy of his season high, dropping 37 points in the Stars. He made 13 free throws, knocked down a pair of threes, grabbed six rebounds and handed out four assists in his sixth 30-plus point game of the season.

Eli Rockett added 16 points, including two on a slam dunk late in the first half, and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. Mac Bassett chipped in 11 points, four rebounds and three steals and Johnny Dittman scored nine points.

The Tigers led 32-22 at intermission last Tuesday against New Prague and held on for a 65-57 win.

Rockett supplied a game-high 22 points and grabbed five rebounds. Speikers and Bassett were next in line with nine points apiece.

Dittman added seven points and five assists and Jordan DeCroock and Nick Varner each scored six. Varner also dished out eight assists.

The Tigers close out the regular season this week. They traveled to Northfield on Tuesday and finish up at home tomorrow night against Chanhassen. The Section 1AAAA tournament begins the following week and the Tigers will likely be the No. 2 seed behind fifth-ranked Lakeville North, which needed overtime to escape Tiger Gym with a 104-99 victory back in December.

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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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