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Boys basketball: Tigers use 37-12 run to top Raiders

Inconsistent defensive play and some poor decisions with the ball led to a slow start in what coach Shane Wyandt described as a “typical first game” last Tuesday night in Hastings.

Fortunately for the Tigers, they were able to shake off the early rust and make a couple of big runs in the second half, pulling away for a 71-52 victory over Hastings.

“We were pretty sloppy in the first half and just not clicking in some areas. Defensively we were slow to our spots and inconsistent in our team defense,” Wyandt said. “Offensively … we made a lot of unforced errors and bad decisions. That must improve.”

The offense did improve as the Tigers increased the tempo late in the second half. Down 40-34 after three straight turnovers to start the second half, the Tigers got several easy baskets in transition that sparked a 12-2 run and gave them a 46-42 lead. Hastings got back within 52-50 before Farmington closed the game with a 19-2 run.

“Our defense really picked up in the half court and that sparked our offense as well,” Wyandt said. “Stops on defense led to quick outlets and our transition game got going. That was big for us.”

Eli Rockett led four Farmington players in double figures with 18 points and eight rebounds. Zach Speikers was right behind with 17 points, Mac Bassett scored 15 and dished out a team-high seven assists and Nick Varner did a little bit of everything with 13 points, 13 rebounds and six assists.

The Tigers (1-0) were back on the road Tuesday at Rochester Mayo. The team is back in Rochester to take on John Marshall tonight before making its home debut against Lakeville North Tuesday night at Tiger Gym.