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Boys basketball: Another close one gets away from Tigers

It was just another typical Friday night in February for the Farmington boys basketball team.

The Tigers lost a Friday Missota Conference contest on a shot in the last 10 seconds for the third straight week, this time falling to fourth-ranked Holy Angels 77-75 on a shot from the lane with six seconds left. The previous week the Tigers fell 61-59 at home to Red Wing on a shot with seven seconds left and the week before that Shakopee escaped overtime at Tiger Gym by winning on a buzzer-beater, 67-66.

The team is now 4-6 in the conference despite averaging five more points per game than its opponents. Five of the league losses have come by a combined 15 points.

The Tigers had to play from behind throughout Friday night in Richfield. The Stars used their pressure defense to force 18 turnovers, and led 39-29 by halftime. The home team pulled ahead by as many as 14 points in the second half, and it was still a nine-point game in the final two minutes before the visitors made their final run and tied the game at 75-75 on a basket by Eli Rockett.

The Stars (16-6)used the late basket to stay a game up on Shakopee for first place in the league.

Darren Beenken led the Tigers (11-11)with 22 points and nine rebounds. Rockett added a double-double with 18 points and 14 rebounds. and Mac Bassett (14) and Zach Speikers (10) also reached double figures.

Nick Varner added eight points and four assists.

The Tigers hosted Northfield Tuesday and are back on the road tomorrow night at Chanhassen. The regular season comes to a close next week with a home game against Chaska Tuesday and a road game at Shakopee next Friday.