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Boys basketball: Hastings falls to Farmington

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Boys basketball: Hastings falls to Farmington
Hastings Minnesota 745 Spiral Boulevard 55033

All kinds of things went right for the Hastings boys basketball team in their season opener last week against Prescott.

In the end, that might have been bad news for the Raiders. Just a few days later, the team lost to Farmington, 70-48.

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"Given we are a little inexperienced, and that we played fairly well and got a win in the Prescott game, maybe we were a little bit full of ourselves," coach Chad Feikema said. "We lost a little bit of our edge. We'll have to learn that things won't be handed to us. Every game is going to be a fight."

The Tigers jumped all over Hastings right away, and Feikema called an early timeout. Things settled down a bit after the timeout, but with nine minutes to go in the first half, one of the team's top players, Darius Wilkerson, was whistled for his third foul. He had to sit out the rest of the first half.

Hastings trailed by 12 at halftime, 36-24.

In the second half, Hastings trailed by 10 to 15 points for much of the way until Farmington pulled away late.

"Offensively, we did not play together very well," Feikema said. "We did a lot of dribbling and watching, rather than cutting and screening and playing as a unit. In a word, we played a little bit selfishly in the first half in particular. We just didn't get very good movement."

Defensively, Hastings played well in stretches, but not consistently, Feikema said.

"We did a couple things right here and there," he said, "but we just have to be consistent. We didn't sprint back once and it was a layup. We didn't box out and it was a layup. Essentially, we just need to be consistent in how we play. We need to sprint back all the time. We need to box out all the time."

Part of the problem this early in the season that Feikema sees is his team's relative lack of varsity experience.

"Overall, we have an inexperienced varsity team," he said. "There's only a few guys who got to play on this level last year. Mistakes will cost you more. If you make a mistake in a junior varsity game, or a sophomore game, it may not cost you. If you make a mistake in a varsity game, it will cost you."

Jake Koenig had a strong game for Hastings, Feikema said. He came in off the bench and scored five points.

"Jake defended really well," Feikema said. "He boxed out well. He rebounded well and he made a couple of baskets. I thought he showed consistent effort."

Tony Hammes had a good game, despite scoring just two points, Feikema said.

"He was consistent in his play," he said. "Tony and Jake, they never hung their heads. They never stopped fighting."

Wilkerson finished with 10 points for Hastings. Junior Quintan Weaver led Hastings in scoring with 12.

Also scoring were: Ellis Williams 9; Aaron Stevens 6; Mitch Hoffman 2; Ben Knoll 2.

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Chad Richardson
Chad Richardson is the publisher and editor at the Hastings Star Gazette. He was the general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He previously worked at the Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.
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