15 December 2013

Boys B-Ball: Tigers hand Huskies 49-35 loss

Jordan DeCroock 3 three-pointers off the bench (photo by Jim Lindquist)

It wasn't one for the season highlight reel but the Tigers will take their second win in three tries this week, a 49-35 triumph over Owatonna Saturday evening at Tiger Gym.

The victory ran Farmington's season record to 5-1, all against Section 1AAAA opposition, with Northfield, another section rival, coming to town next Tuesday for the Missota Conference opener.

Farmington which scored 99 points in an overtime loss to Lakeville North on Tuesday and defeated Rochester Century by 19 points on Thursday couldn't find its shooting touch in their third game of the busy week and struggled to a 22-15 halftime lead.

The numbers looked a little better in the second half but the Tigers' final point total was well below its 74.8 per game average through the first five games.

In addition to the poor shooting by both teams, Owatonna slowed down the pace with its deliberate style and forced the Tigers into a rash of turnovers in the front court.

Farmington's season long trend of sharing the scoring load continued with Mac Bassett and Zach Speikers leading the way with 11 and 10 points respectively. Jordan DeCroock had nine off the bench on a trio of three-pointers. Eli Rockett added eight points and six rebounds.

Nick Varner scored only four points but was a force on the boards with a season-high 16 rebounds. The senior center also had a team-high four steals, tied Rockett and Johnny Dittman for the team lead in assists with three and had the only Tiger block of the night.

Tuesday Northfield (1-3) invades Tiger Gym in search of its second win of the young season. The Raiders have defeated Rochester Mayo and lost to Hastings, Rochester Century and Edina.