21 December 2013

Boys B-Ball: No. 9 Tigers sail by Harding

Mac Bassett team-high 16 points
The Tigers celebrated their No. 9 rating in the latest Class 4A state poll with a 61-22 rout of over-matched St. Paul Harding Friday night in St. Paul.

The victory was the seventh in eight starts for Farmington with the only loss a 104-99 overtime defeat at the hands of No. 4 Lakeville North.

Friday in St. Paul the host Knights managed an early lead before the visitors got their game legs under them and took control.

"We came out of the gate a little slow but once we settled in, we played pretty well," coach Shane Wyandt said. "We played good defense and when we applied pressure they (Harding) turned it over a lot.

"After playing a lot of tough games in a short period of time, it was kind of nice to have a game like this. We played our whole roster and it is also good to get out of our physical environment once in awhile."

Harding actually led by a couple of points early but by the halftime break the Tiger lead stood at 38-16 and the only thing in doubt was the final score.

Harding scored but six points in the second half and finished the night with just half a dozen field goals.

Mac Bassett scored a team-high 16 points and Zach Speikers added 10 but for the most part the starters didn't log enough floor time to fill up the stat sheet.

The Tigers now turn their attention to next weekend's Hastings Holiday Tournament where the competition level will increase dramatically. The four-team field includes Farmington, host Hastings, Burnsville and Simley.

"Burnsville (4-6) doesn't have a great record but they lost to Shakopee by four and Eagan on a buzzer-beater," Wyandt said. "They have played some very good teams....Simley is 6-1 and Hastings (3-5) is much improved over when we played them in our opening game."

Farmington opens the two-day tourney Friday (Dec. 27) against Burnsville. Tip-off is 5:00 p.m. in Hastings.