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Boys basketball: Storm silences Tigers

For the Farmington basketball team, one positive that will come with next season’s move to the South Suburban Conference is it won’t have to make any more bus trips to the west metro.

Those 30-plus mile jaunts have resulted in both of the Tigers’ Missota Conference losses this season. Their defense struggled in yielding 94 points to Chaska back on Jan. 7 and their offense fizzled at the tail end of Friday’s contest at Chanhassen, producing just 22 points in the second half of a 67-60 loss to the Storm.Farmington’s Zach Speikers drives to the basket for two points during last Tuesday’s 89-79 win over Spring Lake Park. Speikers s

With the win, Chanhassen moved into a tie with Chaska for second in the conference behind 5-0 Shakopee. Farmington dropped to fourth at 4-2, but can make up ground this week as it hosted Shakopee Tuesday and goes back on the road tomorrow night to take on the Sabers again.

“On any given night in our conference this year just about any team could beat any other. That honestly is not just a cliché,” Farmington coach Shane Wyandt said. “I liked the way we were playing for the most part (in the first half), especially rebounding on the defensive end. The second half was a different story.”

The Storm quickly erased a 38-33 halftime deficit with a 15-4 run to start the second half. The Tigers (14-4) came back to tie the score for the final time at 57-57, but the home team responded with another run, closing the game with a 10-3 spurt.

“We started to slip a little with our rebounding and struggled offensively the entire half. We never got into any type of offensive fly, shot the ball poorly and did not do a very good job on the offensive glass,” Wyandt said. “With that and the fact that Chanhassen really played a solid half, we let the game slip away.”

Zach Speikers once again led the Tigers, knocking down four three-pointers while scoring 24 points. He is averaging 30.5 points over his last four games.

Eli Rockett scored 10 points and Wyatt Ferm had nine. Nick Varner added seven points and six rebounds.

Speikers exploded for 37 points in leading the Tigers past Spring Lake Park 89-79 in a non-conference game last Tuesday at Tiger Gym.

Rockett dropped in 19 points and Varner added 14. Mac Bassett grabbed 11 rebounds.

Spring Lake Park made 10 three-pointers in the game, but cooled off in the second half after taking a 46-44 lead into the break.

“I thought we played a pretty complete game,” Wyandt said. “If you take away a few silly turnovers and a few defensive slip-ups we really played well.”