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Boys basketball: Calcagno shoots down Tigers in section opener

Rochester Mayo's Sam Calcagno almost single-handedly knocked Farmington out of the Section 1AAAA basketball tournament last Wednesday night.

Calcagno, who entered averaging 10 points per game for the 10-14 Spartans, drilled four three-pointers and rang up a career-high 37 points in an 84-76 victory over the fifth-seeded Tigers in Rochester.

"We really struggled defending him," Farmington coach Shane Wyandt said. "He made the difference both off his penetration and shooting."

Calcagno helped the Spartans overcome an early deficit and take a 37-33 lead into the break. The home team continued to use Calcagno's hot hand and a big edge in rebounding to hold off any threat of a Tiger comeback in the second half.

"We again gave them way too many offensive rebounds and our offense went cold for a few different spurts and we couldn't overcome that at the end," Wyandt said.

The Tigers, who finished with a record of 7-20, posted their highest scoring total since the first week of the season. They shot 51 percent from the field and made eight three-pointers.

Senior Kyle Winkelman capped off his career with another 20-point effort. He also handed out a team-high five assists.

Junior Alex Michels scored 17 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked six shots and senior Connor Duffy added 14 points and eight rebounds.

Senior Michael Jolliff scored nine points and Sebren Baer tacked on eight.

The fifth-seeded Spartans bowed out of the tournament Saturday after a 64-51 loss to Owatonna.