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Boys basketball: Tigers get on track against Waseca

Farmington's Eli Rockett operates in the post late in the first half of Friday's showdown with first-place Shakopee. The Tigers lost a 15-point lead and fell in OT, 67-66.

The Farmington basketball team needed a game like Monday night's against Waseca.

Coming off back-to-back losses that went down to the wire last week - and six straight closely-contested Missota Conference games going back to Jan. 11 - the Tigers outmanned the visiting Bluejays from the opening tip and cruised to a 70-42 rout at Tiger Gym.

"This was a nice refresher after a tough loss and a nice change of pace game during a very tough conference schedule," coach Shane Wyandt said. "This was a Waseca team that we've seen hang right with some teams from our conference and section earlier this season so we came in expecting them to play tough. I think we just jumped on them early and never really gave them a chance to regroup and gain some confidence."

The Tigers shot 52 percent from the floor and led 35-22 by halftime. Wyandt got to empty his bench after the break and nine players got in the scoring column for the home team.

Mac Bassett paced the Orange and Black with 18 points. Zach Speikers joined him in double figures with 13. Eli Rockett added eight points and Darren Beenken and Alex Chadwick each tacked on seven.

Nick Varner chipped in six points, four rebounds, four blocked shots and four assists.

The Tigers improved their overall record to 11-8. They were 4-3 in their first run through the Missota, with the three setbacks coming by a combined 11 points. Holy Angels and Shakopee lead the pack with matching records of 6-1.

The Sabers needed a buzzer-beating jumper in overtime to escape Tiger Gym with a 67-66 victory over Farmington Friday night.

The Tigers led by as many as 15 points early on and still carried a 39-29 advantage into halftime. It was still 55-42 in favor of the home team midway through the second half when the Sabers went on a 14-0 run to take the lead.

"We had some costly unforced errors and for some reason stopped rebounding the basketball," Wyandt said. "I thought for a good portion of the game we did a nice job, but for that stretch in the second we gave them too many offensive boards. That added with a couple of unexplainable mental errors down the stretch proved to be the difference."

Rockett and Bassett paced Farmington with 17 points apiece. Speikers added 15 points.

The Tigers begin the second half of their league slate tomorrow night at home against Red Wing.