At halftime of Friday's boys basketball game, Hastings trailed Farmington 38-33. Things didn't look good for the blue and gold. Two of the team's top players had missed the final few minutes of the first half with three fouls a piece.
But the tide turned in the second half. In a big way. Hastings turned that five-point deficit into a seven-point win, outscoring the Tigers 29-17 in the second half to pull away and win, 62-55.
"The game changed defensively," coach Chad Feikema said. "We did a much better job with some of our defensive principles in the second half. We were able to force some turnovers and we forced them to take some more difficult shots."
Farmington had shot the ball especially well in the first half, and Feikema and the team concentrated their efforts in the second half on making the Tigers earn their points.
"We just did a much better job of not letting them catch the ball where they wanted to," he said. "Entry passes didn't take place as easily, and Ellis (Williams) really frustrated their best player during the course of the second half. That got them rattled a little bit. His play on the defensive end was a big key for us.
"That said, this was a total team defensive effort."
Hastings had a balanced scoring attack with six players scoring eight points or more.
One of those players was DaShaun Harris, who had 8 points and a team-high 10 rebounds.
"For a 5-11 guard, that's pretty significant," Feikema said. "He was really active on the glass."
Mitch Hoffman had 10 points, too, including a couple key baskets late in the first half when seniors Darius Wilkerson and Quintan Weaver had to sit down with three fouls.
Drew Pottinger didn't score, but did have a couple key assists during that same stretch in the first half, Feikema said.
Wilkerson led Hastings in scoring with 13 points. Williams had 12, Weaver had 11, Hoffman had 10, Josh Monjeau had 8 and Harris had 8.
Vs Red Wing
Thanks to another strong second half, Hastings beat Red Wing on Tuesday night, 68-53.
At halftime, Hastings trailed 37-36. In the second half, Hastings outscored the Wingers, 32-16.
Weaver and Williams led Hastings in scoring with 18 points each. Harris finished with 11, Wilkerson had 7, Hoffman had 6, Ben Carlson had 6 and Monjeau had 2.
Hastings plays host to Mounds View on Friday night.