Boys basketball: Tigers hit the roadThere’s a good chance a victory over Red Wing Friday night would have given Farmington a home game to start the Section 1AAAA tournament. Instead, the Tigers shot 25 percent from the field and had a late rally fall short in a 55-51 loss to Red Wing on Senior Night at Tiger Gym.
By: Matt Steichen, The Farmington Independent
There’s a good chance a victory over Red Wing Friday night would have given Farmington a home game to start the Section 1AAAA tournament.
Instead, the Tigers shot 25 percent from the field and had a late rally fall short in a 55-51 loss to Red Wing on Senior Night at Tiger Gym. That dropped the team’s record to 10-16 and gave 10-14 Rochester Mayo the No. 4 seed and the home court advantage for Wednesday night’s 4 vs. 5 tournament opener against Farmington despite a 72-70 loss to the Tigers in early January.
Results from that game can be found online at farmingtonindependent.com.
“We were hoping to play well and celebrate Senior Night with a win, but it didn’t happen,” Farmington coach Shane Wyandt said. “I thought we played with a lot of energy and really played well defensively, but we struggled offensively.”
The Tigers led 20-19 after a cold-shooting first half, thanks largely to four three-pointers and 14 points from Mackinley Bassett.
Red Wing surged ahead by as many as six in the second half, but Zach Speikers hit four threes of his own to inch the Tigers within 47-44 in the closing minutes. Nick Varner scored the team’s next seven points to make it 52-51, but Red Wing hit three free throws in the closing seconds to clinch the win.
Bassett finished with a game-high 18 points. Speikers and Varner each added 12 points after intermission.
Notes: Red Wing won the game at the free-throw line, shooting 35 to Farmington’s 16 … Jake Hanson, Austin Bassett, Grant Blomster and Alex Hogstad all got starting nods on Senior Night … The Tigers finished in a three-way tie for fifth in the Missota Conference with Red Wing and Shakopee. All three teams finished 6-8 in league play … Farmington’s regular season victory total has risen from seven to nine to 10 over the last three years … Farmington last won a section tournament game in 2008-09 when it defeated Rochester Century (the team’s 20th victory of the season) before being upset by Winona.
Chanhassen 85, Farmington 48
Conference champion Chanhassen canned 10 threes while posting a 47-19 advantage in the second half of last Tuesday’s win.
Bassett led the Tigers with 17 points and Varner added 11.