Boys basketball: Irish in fourth after rout of Eastview
A home game against last-place Eastview helped the Rosemount basketball team get back on track Monday night.
Coming off a game where they gave up a season-high 84 points in regulation in a loss at Lakeville South, the Irish buckled down defensively and completed a season sweep of the rival Lightning with a convincing 70-48 win at Irish Gym.
The Irish (13-8) now stand at 6-7 in the South Suburban Conference, in a three-way tie for fourth place with Prior Lake and Eagan, with five games to go.
“This was a very nice team win,” Rosemount coach Bryan Schnettler said. “We were very balanced on offense and did a nice job talking on defense. A lot of guys gave us good stuff tonight.”That balance produced five players with at least nine points. Jack Kessler made 7 of 9 shots from the field and led the way with 16 points. Logan Halvorson scored 12 points, Cole Northwick drilled three three-pointers while notching 11 points and Matt Stephenson supplied 10 points and a team-high six rebounds.Kyle Kaupa matched the six boards and added nine points.The Irish shot 45 percent from the field and made just 14 of 23 free throws, but made up for it by grabbing 39 rebounds and turning the ball over just seven times.The Irish couldn’t produce enough offense to overcome a hot-shooting South team in Friday night’s 24-point road loss.“We played very poorly on defense and didn’t play with the focus and communication needed to beat a good shooting South team,” Schnettler said.Tyler Hartigan led the visitors with 15 points. Kessler scored 12 points, Halvorson 11 and Stephenson nine. Halvorson and Hartigan each knocked down three three-pointers.Northwick scored eight points and handed out six assists, but made just 2 of 14 shots from beyond the arc.Northwick connected on four shots from downtown while scoring a game-high 21 points in the Irish’s 74-66 home win over Prior Lake last Tuesday.Stephenson added 20 points as the Irish shot 54 percent from the floor. Halvorson chipped in with 17 points and Kessler gave Rosemount four in double figures with 10 points to go along with a team-high five rebounds.“We played very well as a team and did a nice job of sharing the ball on offense,” Schnettler said. “We protected the paint well for the most part on defense.”The Irish are back on the floor tomorrow night at home against Bloomington Kennedy. They close out the home schedule Tuesday against Eagan before wrapping up the regular season with road games at No. 6 Lakeville North, Burnsville and No. 1 Apple Valley.