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Boys basketball: Irish end season on high note

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In recent weeks, Rosemount boys basketball coach Mike Manning has been telling anyone that will listen he thinks his team is talented enough to make noise in the postseason.

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Manning believes if the Irish put a consistent effort forward -- and play well for a full game -- they can play with anyone they face in the section tournament.

While Manning was saying this, Rosemount was struggling down the stretch.

Maybe now Manning has a few more believers.

The Irish ended the regular season by beating Eastview, 80-75, last week.

"It was pretty fun," Manning said. "It's probably the best game we have played all year, flawless. I was really pleased with everyone that stepped on the floor. We played to the level we are capable of doing. We had tremendous intensity. We executed the offensive and defensive game plans and shot well. That's a good combination."

More important than outsiders believing in the Irish, Manning needs his players believing if they are going to make their postseason run.

Rosemount drew the No. 6 seed in the Class 4A, Section 3 tournament and will travel to face No. 3 seed Burnsville. The two teams were set to play the opening round Wednesday. Results were not available at press time. Go to www.rosemounttownpages.com for results.

Getting a win in the regular-season finale was important mentally.

"It's just huge," Manning said. "We had been hovering on nine wins for such a long time. Ten wins was something we wanted to do. We are playing our best ball right now."

Zach Vraa finished with 29 points against Eastview, after scoring only three in the first half.

Karl Miranda scored 11 points, and Justin Larson and Matt Larson each finished with 10. Justin Larson added 10 rebounds. Jack Pauly had seven points and eight assists.

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