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Boys basketball: Tigers win game, lose Speikers

Last Tuesday’s regular season finale brought some good news and some bad news for the Farmington basketball team.

The good news was the Tigers closed out an 18-7 regular season, their best in five years, with a 74-54 rout of Northfield that secured fourth place in their final season in the Missota Conference. The bad news came when leading scorer Zach Speikers went down with a torn ACL that will keep him out of the upcoming Section 1AAAA tournament.

The Tigers earned the No. 2 seed and host Northfield in the opening round Thursday night.

“That is a tough blow for Speikers as he was really having a great season and was a big part of our success,” Farmington coach Shane Wyandt said. “We still have a tough group of guys who can be a dangerous team, so we need some guys to take a little more of the load and step up their game. I think we have a group that can do that.”

Point guard Johnny Dittman played a bigger offensive role against Northfield, scoring a team-high 18 points. Wyatt Ferm added 14 points, as did Speikers before his injury, and Eli Rockett reached double figures with 10 points.

Mac Bassett led the team with seven rebounds.

The Tigers led 30-18 by halftime, and then put up 44 points to pull a way in the second half.

“This is a team that was up on us at half the first time we played and was able to upset a top team like Chanhassen, so we know we have to play well in order to get the win,” Wyandt said. “If we take care of what we control, we feel good moving into section play and feel we are playing some good basketball.”