Boys basketball: Two more losses left Farmington fifth in the Missota at 6-8The Farmington boys basketball team wrapped up a regular season full of close games with two more that went down to the wire last week.
By: Matt Steichen, The Farmington Independent
The Farmington boys basketball team wrapped up a regular season full of close games with two more that went down to the wire last week.
Farmington was outscored 9-0 late in overtime in a 76-70 loss to Chaska on Senior Night last Tuesday. Three days later at Shakopee they were outscored 11-2 over the final six minutes as the Sabers clinched a tie with Holy Angels for the Missota Conference title.
The Tigers finished in a tie for fifth in the conference with a record of 6-8. Seven of those eight losses came by an average of four points, with the only outlier being a 15-point setback at New Prague.
Shakopee led 50-39 early in the second half Friday night before the Tigers roared back to tie the game at 51-51. The visitors failed to take the lead, however, as they hit another lull and ended up shooting 28 percent from the field in the second half.
“We struggled shooting with any real consistency, especially from behind the arc,” Farmington coach Shane Wyandt said. “It’s kind of been feast or famine as far as shooting. We can survive when we are getting the ball inside out but we struggle when we just settle for jump shots.”
Senior Darren Beenken finished with 16 points. Eli Rockett scored 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds and Mac Bassett, Alex Chadwick and Nick Varner each scored eight points.
The Tigers fell behind 24-12 early against a Chaska team that ended up knocking down 11 three-pointers. They rallied to tie the game at 59-59 late, and led by four points in overtime before the Hawks took control.
Beenken scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Zach Speikers joined him in double figures with 14 points.
Bassett scored 11 points and hauled in eight rebounds and Rockett added nine points and 11 boards.
The Tigers (13-13)?opened the Section 1AAA tournament Wednesday night at home against fifth-seeded Rochester Century (10-15). The Panthers won the first meeting between the two teams 63-56 in mid-December.
“It was an all-around awful game for us and I think our guys want to erase that memory,” Wyandt said.