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Boys basketball: Farmington lost to Red Wing, then beat Hutchinson

The ups and downs continued for the Tiger boys last week in a split of Missota Conference road games. Tuesday coach Shane Wyandt's team rallied from a miserable first half only to lose 70-63 in overtime to Red Wing. Friday the Tigers were hitting on all cylinders in a wire-to-wire win over Hutchinson.

"We're still looking for more consistent play," Wyandt said. "We dug ourselves a big hole at Red Wing and battled our way back. But then in the overtime we didn't do much.... I would say that we had by far our most complete game of the season at Hutchinson. I thought we were in control for the entire game."

The split of conference games leaves the Tigers with a season record of 8-9; 2-4 in Missota Conference play.

Vs Red Wing

This game was another tale of two halves for the locals as they found themselves looking up at 31-24 deficit at the halftime break.

"It was our worst half of the season," Wyandt said. "We came out with no energy and sort of ignored our game plan. We just played bad basketball."

The situation got even worse after intermission when the Wingers, who are a lofty 10-1 at home, stretched their lead at one time to 14 points.

But thanks to an increase in defensive pressure that led to a couple of transition baskets, the visitors gradually pulled themselves off the floor and made it a game. Sophomores Jake Lippert (14 points) and Josh Zitzmann (10 points) led the second half rally.

Zitzmann's steal and ensuing lay-up brought the Tigers all the way back at 60-60 with 20 seconds to play and after Red Wing missed a three-pointer to force overtime, momentum seemed to be wearing orange and black.

Jason Perkins scored the first point in the extra session but it was all Wingers from there on. The only other Farmington point came on a too little, too late bucket by Lippert in the closing moments.

"The first half made all the difference," Wyandt said. "We had to play catch-up all night and that hurt in the end."

Nick Olson played a huge role for Red Wing, finishing with a game-high 27 points that included four three-pointers. Olson netted eight of the Wingers' 10 points in overtime.

Farmington had four players score in double digits. Lippert tallied a career-high 19 points to lead the way. Zitzmann had 13 and Perkins and Billy Weyandt each added 10.

Lippert and Zitzmann led the team in rebounding with six apiece. Zitzmann also came up with four steals.

Farmington 24-36- 3 63

Red Wing 31-29-10 70

Farmington: Lippert 19, Zitzmann 13, Perkins 10, Weyandt 10, Davis 6, Nowacki 3, Hanson 2

Red Wing: Olson 27, Augustin 13, Rosenow 13, Thygeson 9, Black 5, Karlsrud 3

Vs Hutchinson

Lippert and Zitzmann picked up where they left off in the second half on Tuesday, each finishing with a double-double as the Tigers snapped a three-game losing skid.

The visitors pulled away gradually over the first 18 minutes, building an 11-point lead by intermission at 43-32.

"We would get up by a dozen or so and they would come back with a five-point run," Wyandt said, "But each time we came right back at them with a three-pointer or a basket and a foul. We never got rattled and we made good decisions."

Hutchinson went to a zone defense off and on throughout the game and the Tigers seemed to thrive on it. Farmington drained nine of 16 shots from behind the three-point line.

"We haven't always done that this year," Wyandt said. "We really busted their zone."

Zitzmann tied for game scoring honors with 19 points and yanked down 11 rebounds while Lippert added 16 points and a team-high 13 rebounds to his impressive week of work. Weyandt had another productive game with 13 points and Trevor Davis chipped in with 10 as the Tigers once again had four players crack double figures.

"They have a couple of guards who are among the best in the conference," Wyandt said. "They hurt us a little from the outside, but overall I thought defensively we played pretty well. This is a game we needed to win."

Guards Brady Hendricks and Ben Aalfs paced Hutch with 19 and 16 points, respectively.

The Tigers won the team rebounding battle 48-35 and committed a season-low 10 turnovers. Zitzmann and Otimio Masso each handed out four assists and Weyandt and Davis had three apiece

Farmington 43-31 74

Hutchinson 32-31 63

Farmington: Zitzmann 19, Lippert 16, Weyandt 13, Davis 10, Perkins 8, Jensen 6, Masso 2

Hutchinson: Hendricks 19, Aalfs 16, Hoff 8, Corrigan 8, Brown 5, Moritz 4, Kuhl 2, Thompson 1