Boys basketball: Two, easy, for Tigers
The Farmington boys basketball team prepared for what’s expected to be a challenging final Missota Conference season with a couple of easy victories last week.
The Tigers came back from their holiday break with back-to-back routs of North St. Paul and Irondale at the end of last week, putting them at 10-2 heading into Tuesday’s league game at 8-3 Chaska. Another challenge waits tomorrow night when 10-2 Red Wing comes to Tiger Gym.
“We felt good about a lot of the things we did and with the leads we held (against North St. Paul and Irondale). We were able to play a lot of guys and work on some different things in a game situation,” Farmington coach Shane Wyandt said. “Now the conference grind begins and we will need to be at the top of our game.... There’s really no such thing as an easy game in our league this year and we’ll need to be ready right away this week with two very good opponents.”
Last Thursday against North St. Paul, the Tigers dominated from the opening tip-off and pulled in front 20-3 on their way to a 40-19 halftime advantage. The big lead allowed Wyandt to play his bench for much of the second half and 11 players scored points in the 68-39 contest.
“The bench has given us some nice contributions the past couple weeks with Mac Bassett missing some time and Varner going down with an injury early in the game,” Wyandt said. “It was an opportunity for guys to show what they could do and it gave us an idea of how deep we can go in certain situations.”
Eli Rockett led the Tigers with 13 points. Johnny Dittman scored 12 and Jordan DeCroock came off the bench to score 11. Zach Speikers added eight.
A night later, the Tigers jumped out to an 18-4 lead in New Brighton and coasted to a 77-43 win.
Spikers led 13 Farmington scorers with 15 points, and also contributed five rebounds and four assists. Dittman drilled a trio of three-pointers on his way to 13 points and Bassett tallied a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Rockett and Wyatt Ferm chipped in seven points apiece.