Boysbasketball: Farmington beat Mayo, lost to OwatonnaA 43-13 disparity in free-throw attempts proved too much to overcome for Farmington in its final non-conference game of the season Thursday night. Twenty-seven turnovers just added to the Tigers’ frustration as they slipped to 4-8 with a 74-66 loss to Owatonna at Tiger Gym.
By: Matt Steichen, The Farmington Independent
A 43-13 disparity in free-throw attempts proved too much to overcome for Farmington in its final non-conference game of the season Thursday night.
Twenty-seven turnovers just added to the Tigers’ frustration as they slipped to 4-8 with a 74-66 loss to Owatonna at Tiger Gym.
“We made critical mistakes that you cannot make against a good team,” Farmington head coach Shane Wyandt said. “Turnovers have been a main thorn in our side all year — when we limit those, we can be pretty good. The disappointing part last night was so many of our turnovers were unforced travels, which killed us.”
The Huskies used a 14-7 run to take a 29-27 lead into the break. Alex Chadwick’s three-pointer gave Farmington the lead right after halftime, but Owatonna moved back ahead a minute later and led the rest of the way as it scored its fourth straight win and improved to 7-1.
Darren Beenken led Farmington with 18 points. Chadwick and Mac Bassett each scored 13 and Nick Varner added 10. Freshman Zach Speikers came off the bench to score a career-high eight points.
The Tigers trailed by 10 points with less than four minutes to go before a furious rally gave them a 72-70 road win at Rochester Mayo.
A couple of Spartan turnovers against the Farmington press turned into easy baskets the other way before sophomore guard Johnny Dittman broke a 70-70 deadlock with a pair of free throws with 17 seconds left.
“It was kind of the perfect storm late when our defensive pressure started getting to them. Our offense picked up as a result and they missed some crucial free throws,” Wyandt said. “It was a sloppy game, but I was happy the kids stuck with it and found a way to win.”
Varner was a big presence for the Tigers inside, notching a double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Bassett added a career-high 18 points and Beenken chipped in 12 points and seven rebounds.
The Tigers are back in action tonight when they open Missota Conference play with a road trip to Shakopee.