Boys basketball: Tiger split a pair of close onesNorthfield edged Farmington 63-59 Friday night in the second overtime game this season between the Highway 3 rivals.
By: Matt Steichen, The Farmington Independent
Northfield edged Farmington 63-59 Friday night in the second overtime game this season between the Highway 3 rivals.
In the first matchup of the season it was Northfield that had to overcome a 13-point halftime deficit to force overtime in an eventual 50-49 loss at Tiger Gym. In the rematch, the Raiders squandered an eight-point lead late in the second half only to take control back and outscore the Tigers 6-2 in overtime.
The Tigers mounted the comeback without scoring leader Alex Michels, who fouled out with four minutes left. Darren Beenken picked up some of the slack and finished with a game-high 19 points and seven rebounds. Michels finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds and Austin Bassett scored 11 points, the final two giving Farmington a one-point lead with 17 seconds left in regulation.
The Tigers (9-13) were on the other side of another close game last Tuesday when they ended a five-game Missota Conference losing streak and completed a season sweep of Holy Angels with a 54-52 win at Tiger Gym.
The Stars led 31-22 at the break before the home team rallied. Sebren Baer knocked down a pair of shots from beyond the arc in the second half and Michels scored 10 points in the second half, including three from the free-throw line in the final minute to help clinch the win.
Baer and Michels each finished with 16 points.
The Tigers hosted Chaska Tuesday night and are back in action tomorrow night when they travel to New Prague. The Trojans won the first matchup between the teams 50-30 on Jan. 28.