To help seal a section playoff basketball game, Kyle Hrncir got to play a little quarterback.
Farmington was inbounding the ball up two possessions and looking to finish the game from the foul line in the closing seconds. Farmington coach Tharen Johnson got creative, assigning Hrncir’s four teammates to all split out wide on the baseline, ready to run a route down court to get open.
“With my arm, I’m a deep threat,” Hrncir said.
Hrncir’s specialties are as a pitcher and shortstop on the baseball diamond and a forward on the basketball court. He’ll play both at Division-II Upper Iowa University beginning next fall. That baseball arm was ready to be on full display, but the savvy and skilled senior opted to throw the check down pass in the flats to get the ball in bounds.
Farmington is one win away from reaching its first state tournament since 1937.
The top-seeded Tigers (21-7) defeated No. 4 Lakeville South (17-11) 55-47 Saturday in Farmington in the Class 4A, Section 1 semifinals.
Farmington opened the game on a 6-0 run before Lakeville South settled in to briefly lead before reaching halftime tied at 20.
The lead changed hands several times in the second half. Neither team led by more than two possessions until free throws in the closing seconds expanded the Tigers’ lead.
Farmington’s Kyle Hrncir led all scorers with 15 points.
The Cougars were paced by 10 points by Damarcus Burks and Sam Fliehe.
Farmington went 3-0 against Lakeville South this season by a combined margin of 14 points.
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