Farmington basketball coach Shane Wyandt figured there would be some mistakes made by his young and inexperienced team in Friday night's season opener against Rochester John Marshall.

But even he was surprised by just how many things the Tigers were left to work on after a 59-35 loss to the Rockets.

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The team committed 36 turnovers, shot 28 percent from the field and made less than half of its free throws as it started the season with a 24-point loss to a team it beat by 31 a year ago.

"Those categories tell the story of the game," Wyandt said. "We gave ourselves no chance to win the game with stats like that.... We expected some first-game jitters with such a young and inexperienced squad, but we're disappointed with a lot of aspects of the game."

The Tigers hung within 30-23 at the halftime break, but scored just 12 points in the second half.

Sophomore post player Nick Varner paced the visitors with 13 points and junior Darren Beenken added seven.

The Tigers made their home debut when they hosted Rochester Century Tuesday night at Tiger Gym and are back in action tomorrow night when they travel to Hastings.