FARMINGTON -- Seth Stanley helped Rogers Heritage build a 20-point halftime lead, but the 6-foot-5 senior also canned four free throws in the final minute to hold off a late Farmington rally on Friday night at Cardinal Arena.
Stanley finished with a game-high 34 points, but his four free throws in the final minutes sealed the deal in a 75-68 Heritage win.
Rogers Heritage 75, Farmington 68
Heritage 28 23 14 10 - 76
Farmington 23 8 15 22 - 68
Rogers Heritage (7-2): Stanley 34, Olsen 19, Peek 8, Carpenter 7, Breedlove 3, Kimball 2, Manuel 2.
Farmington (6-6):J. Montez 17, S. Montez 17, Valenzuala 11, Killon 8, Staten 5, Maxwell 3, Waggle 3, Downs 3, Mayo 1.
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Heritage (7-2) enjoyed a red-hot shooting first half keyed by Stanley, who scored 20 in the first quarter. The War Eagles were in control 51-31 at halftime and 65-46 after three quarters. But Farmington (6-6) pulled within 71-66 with a minute left and Stanley was sent back into the game after Heritage coach Tom Olsen had emptied the bench.
Stanley, who was 10 of 10 from the foul line for the game, made four straight to put the game away in the final 51 seconds.
Olsen was pleased with his team's performance for the most part but also credited Farmington for continuing to fight and making shots late.
"We were really special offensively in the first half and for most of the game until the latter part," Olsen said. "The kids are really buying into what we're wanting to do offensively and really have a trust factor in each other and making extra passes and we're getting easy shots.
"Tonight was real special, 50 points in a half. One year we didn't average 50 in a game. It's a season and we've got to get some other guys ready to play at the end of the game. We made some substitutions there late and they made some shots and made it interesting at the very end."
Olsen also said he was trying to keep guard Bryce Breedlove's playing time to a minimum because of a groin injury.
"He obviously is a big part for us in finishing a game," Olsen said. " Credit to Farmington, they made a lot of shots from way out there."
Guard Ty Olsen was also in double figures for Heritage with 19, including three 3-pointers. All of his points came in the first half.
Farmington hit 11 3-pointers for the game, including four in the fourth quarter. Skyler Montez and Jaylen Montez led the Cardinals with 17 points each. Danny Valenzuala added 11. Jaylen Montez hit four 3-points and Valenzuala hit three, all int he fourth quarter.
Farmington coach Beau Thompson said his team was better offensively than it had been in earlier games, but couldn't keep up with Heritage. He wasn't unhappy with the defene played by Xavier Staten on Stanley either.
"We opened things up a little for us offensively, but the problem when you shoot it a little faster, you give the other team the ball faster," Thompson said. "They execute their offense really well. Stanley made some open shots, but he made some really tough shots, too. Staten is a very good defender, but he gives up some size to Stanley.
"Somtimes offense just trumps defense. That kid's a college player."
Stilwell, Okla. 60, Siloam Springs 57
Siloam Springs stormed back from a 10-point halftime deficit, but the Panthers were never able to catch the Indians.
The Panthers (1-10) went 0 for 5 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter and had multiple chances to tie or take the lead from Stilwell (7-1).
Jacob Christie led the Indians with 19 points, while Scott Eubanks had 12 and Logan Mattox 11. Murphy Perkins led Siloam Springs with 15 points, while Spencer Lashley and Jordan Stewart each had 11.
Fayetteville 64, Bryant 55
Frank Morgan was aggressive the entire game, but he scored when it mattered most.
Morgan, a 5-foot-11 senior point guard, scored 9 of his 11 points in the game's final 3 minutes, 20 seconds in leading Fayetteville to a victory in Friday's action of the John Stanton Classic at Buzz Bolding Arena in Conway.
Morgan's 5-footer with 3:20 left gave the Bulldogs (5-4) the lead for good at 54-52. His 3-pointer 90 seconds later increased Fayetteville's lead to 57-52.
Junior Darius Bowers led the Bulldogs in scoring with 15 points. Senior guard Jon Conley matched Morgan's 11-point total, and senior forward Ron Johnson chipped in 10 points. Bowers and Hank Gibbs each pulled down six rebounds for Fayetteville.
Deron Canada hit 4 three-pointers and finished with 19 points to lead Bryant (6-3), but the 6-3 senior was limited to 1 point in the game's final 13 minutes.
Sports on 12/16/2017
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