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Boys basketball: No. 10 Tigers up record to 7-1

The Farmington boys basketball team celebrated its debut in the state rankings by blowing by St. Paul Harding 61-22 Friday night.

The Tigers, winners of four straight, moved into the No. 10 position in the Class 4A poll released last Wednesday. The only south metro schools ahead of them are the defending champions — No. 1 Apple Valley — and No. 4 Lakeville North, which needed overtime to escape Tiger Gym with a victory earlier this month.

Fifteen players saw court time and nine scored in Friday’s rout. Mac Bassett knocked down four three-pointers while scoring a team-high 16 points and Zach Speikers and Eli Rockett added 10 apiece in limited minutes. Jordan DeCroock chipped in seven points and Wyatt Ferm had six.

The Farmington defense held winless Harding to its season-low point total and just six field goals, including one in a six-point second half. It was also the fewest points the Tigers have given up in a game in at least a decade.

Harding led 9-8 early before the Tigers pulled away with separate runs of 13-0 and 21-2 to go up 44-16.

Three days earlier, the team needed a big rally to secure a victory over Northfield in its Missota Conference opener.

The Tigers trailed Northfield 38-21 at halftime last Tuesday before rallying for a 64-61 win over the Raiders.

Speikers sparked the team’s 43-point second half, putting the finishing touches on a career-high 32-point effort. He drilled six three-pointers and made six critical free throws and grabbed four steals. Speikers’ shot in the lane midway through the second half capped a 27-9 run that gave the home team its first lead at 48-47.

Bassett finished with 13 points and five rebounds and Eli Rockett turned in a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Nick Varner added nine boards.

DeCroock added six points and five rebounds.

The Tigers (7-1) are back in action this weekend at the Hastings tournament.