Boys basketball: Tigers rally but fall short vs. CenturyAfter opening the season with three games decided by an average of 26 points, the Farmington boys basketball team played a game reminiscent of last year’s team on Friday night.
By: Matt Steichen, The Farmington Independent
After opening the season with three games decided by an average of 26 points, the Farmington boys basketball team played a game reminiscent of last year’s team on Friday night.
The 2009-10 Tigers lost 11 games decided by single digits, including six by five points or fewer. On Friday night the Tigers rallied to take a one-point lead in the final two minutes before Rochester Century pulled ahead for a 61-59 win at Tiger Gym.
The Panthers, who improved to 4-0, got a game-high 28 points from 6-foot-5 post player Ater Manyang. The junior was 13 of 18 from the field and hauled in 13 rebounds.
The Tigers, now 2-2 with all four games coming against section opponents, were led by senior Alex Michels, who scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
Josh Ruthenbeck added nine points and Elliot Fenske scored eight.
The Tigers trailed 36-27 at the break, but rallied to take a brief second-half lead despite committing 27 turnovers and connecting on just 9 of 20 free throws.
Farmington played its third straight home game Tuesday night against Rochester Mayo and is back in action next Tuesday when it plays in the Hastings Tournament. Mahtomedi and fourth-ranked (Class 4A) Eastview round out the four-team tourney field.