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Boys basketball: 10-game skid ends with win vs. Prior Lake

The many faces of the Farmington boys basketball team all made appearances during another inconsistent stretch of three games last week.

The Tigers opened Missota Conference play last Tuesday with a good defensive effort at Shakopee, but lost their 10th in a row as the Sabers rallied late for a 52-51 victory. The team came back with an energetic effort Friday night when it scored a 73-60 home win over Prior Lake. But any momentum gained from that contest proved short-lived as Owatonna came to Tiger Gym Saturday and rolled to a 70-50 non-conference decision.

The Tigers shot a sizzling 56 percent against the Huskies, but managed just 49 shots from the field as they committed a season-high 27 turnovers.

"Their defense gave us fits all day," Farmington coach Shane Wyandt said. "We did a terrible job of handling the basketball and that was the difference. Twenty-seven turnovers was the most we've had in a game since my first season here. We were not strong with the ball and weren't following the game plan against the press."

Owatonna (10-5) turned those turnovers into easy baskets as it shot 61 percent from the floor. Sheridan Skala scored a game-high 21 points and Vaughn Thada added 16.

The Tigers got 10 points apiece from Justin Lavey, Kyle Winkelman and Sebren Baer. Connor Duffy scored nine points, grabbed seven rebounds and handed out four assists.

Farmington 73,

Prior Lake 60

Junior Alex Michels turned in a career night in leading the Tigers to their first conference win Friday night at Tiger Gym.

Michels scored 21 points on 10-of-12 shooting, hauled in 13 rebounds and blocked three shots in a 73-60 victory over Prior Lake.

Michels has averaged just over 15 points per game over the last five after scoring eight points per game during the season's first eight games.

"He's got some nice ability. It's just a matter of him getting after it," Wyandt said. "If he plays aggressive more consistently he will have a nice year."

Michels was backed by Winkelman and Duffy, who each scored 13 points. Winkelman handed out five assists and Duffy grabbed seven rebounds.

Lavey added eight points and six rebounds and Mike Jolliff aand Sebren Baer each tacked on six points.

The Tigers led 37-27 at the break and never trailed in the second half.

Shakopee 52,

Farmington 51

Farmington nearly turned heads around the Missota Conference in its league opener. Winkelman scored seven of his 13 points in the final three minutes to help erase a seven-point deficit and give the Tigers a one-point lead, but Shakopee's Joel Hergott hit two clutch free throws in the final minute to give his team the lead.

The Tigers got the ball back and ran the clock down, but Jolliff's 15-footer at the buzzer hit the back of the rim, allowing the Sabers to escape with a one-point win.

Duffy finished with 12 points, Michels provided 10 point and Lavey dropped in eight in the losing effort.