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Boys basketball: Late basket lifts Wingers over Tigers

Losses like Friday night's are getting all too familiar for the Farmington boys basketball team.

The Tigers led visiting Red Wing by six points with under four minutes to go, but the Wingers came back to tie the game late and iced a 61-59 victory on Ryan Boldt's basket with six seconds remaining. The loss was Farmington's ninth of the season, seven of which have come by a total of 26 points. The team's four Missota Conference setbacks over the last month have come by an average of just over three points per game.

The Wingers finished the latest heartbreaker with a 10-2 run over the final three minutes.

"It's disappointing that we couldn't put them away. We missed a couple of point-blank shots and had two turnovers, one being an offensive foul away from the ball, which just killed us," head coach Shane Wyandt said. "Between the missed shots and two turnovers we had opportunities that we just didn't capitalize on down the stretch. They took advantage and stole the game."

The back-and-forth game went into halftime knotted at 34-34. The Tigers surged ahead a couple of times, but never did find an answer for Red Wing sophomore Ty Buck, who finished with a game-high 26 points. Buck's final basket was a three-pointer that tied the game with just over a minute to go.

Zach Speikers scored 18 points and grabbed six rebounds to pace Farmington, now 11-9 overall and tied with New Prague and Chaska for third in the Missota Conference at 4-4. Speikers got a chance to win the game at the buzzer, but his three-pointer hit off the iron.

Mac Bassett was right behind with 15 points and Nick Varner added nine points and seven rebounds.

The Tigers traveled to New Prague Tuedsay and are on the road again tomorrow against third-ranked Holy Angels.