Farmington proved why it was the top seed in Sullivan’s Bank-It Challenge Monday.
The Knights (1-0) started the season with a first-round win in the tournament against St. Clair (1-1), 68-32.
Farmington held a 13-8 lead after one quarter and took a 40-23 advantage into the intermission.
“We played with good discipline for the first half of the game then we got away from what we wanted to do,” St. Clair Head Coach Tim Isgrig said. “They were one of the best teams we (will) play all year and were huge with three starters 6-5 or taller. I thought in the first half we really competed with them and didn’t back down. We ran good offense in the first quarter and really helped each other defensively. We need to execute for four quarters and not get away from what we want to do. This game is going to be good for us in the long run to play against a really good team and learn some things about ourselves.”
Farmington extended its lead to 61-26 after three quarters.
Justin Hoffman posted a team high of eight points for the Bulldogs.
Calvin Henry and Michael Hughes each scored six points.
Tyler Stark added five points. Nick Dierking, Johnny Kindel and Pepper Stark netted two points each. Timmy Hoffman added one point.
Pepper Stark pulled in five rebounds to lead the team on the boards.
Kamalei Bursey, Timmy Hoffman and Hughes pulled in four rebounds apiece. Tyler Stark grabbed two rebounds and Dierking, Kindel, Peyton Purcell and Brendyn Stricker each rebounded one.
“Pepper, Michael, and Bursey really battled against them inside and on the glass,” Isgrig said. “Offensively, their size and length altered a lot of shots. We will use this game to get better.”
Pepper Stark and Henry both dished out two assists. Bursey, Dierking and Tyler Stark were credited with one assist each.
Henry grabbed two steals. Bursey and Tyler Stark both stole one.
Hughes came up with one blocked shot.
The Bulldogs next play Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the consolation semifinals of the tournament against Four Rivers Conference rival St. James. Final rounds are Thursday and Friday.