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Boys Basketball: Farmington climbs back to upset Red Wing

Red Wing’s Nick Powers (left) tries to drive past a Farmington defender during the first half of Friday’s Missota Conference game in Farmington. Powers had 11 points in the Wingers’ 69-64 loss. (Photo by Matt Steichen/Farmington Independent)

Up by as much as 18 points in the second half against Farmington, Red Wing looked ready to cruise to a Missota Conference road victory on Friday.

Then the Tigers heated up, and the Wingers simply could not find its shot. Red Wing went 17 out of 18 possessions without a score, allowing Farmington to come back and win the game 69-64.

The Wingers fell despite shooting 48 percent from the field (25 of 52).

“It’s very disappointing that we did so many good things and we forgot to put the ball in the hoop,” said Wingers’ head coach Doug Toivonen. “That last eight-to-10 minutes, we couldn’t hit anything.”

Zach Speikers was the biggest spark in Farmington’s comeback effort, finishing with a game-high 33 points. Eli Rockett had 12 points, and Johnny Dittman finished with 11 in the Tigers’ victory. As a team, Farmington (11-3, 2-1 Missota) shot over 45 percent (22 of 48) from the floor and got to the free-throw line 17 times compared to four for Red Wing (10-3, 0-2 Missota).

The loss spoiled a solid night for the Wingers’ Isaac Toivonen, who had 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Jon Sevlie chipped in with 15 points, and Nick Powers put up 11 points in the losing effort. 

“We played well to start. We hit our shots and we had confidence,” Doug Toivonen said. “Then we’re up by 18 and we let up defensively, and Farmington kept making their shots.”

The sixth-ranked (3A) Wingers will do battle with Academy of Holy Angels at home on Tuesday as both teams look for their first Missota Conference victory.

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