Boys basketball: Irish split at home
Slow the game down, limit possessions and shoot a lot of three-pointers.
If that was Rosemount's game plan heading into last Tuesday's game against Eastview, the Irish executed it to perfection. The home team took 20 of its 35 shots from beyond the three-point arc and swished nine of them in a 53-49 victory over Eastview at Irish Gym.
"The guys followed the game plan very well and more importantly played extremely hard," Rosemount coach Bryan Schnettler said. "We had seven different guys make threes and our team effort got us the win over a good Eastview team."
Junior guard Garrett Goetz made just one of those three-pointers, but connected on 8 of 9 shots from the free-throw line in leading the Irish with 19 points. He also supplied four assists and five rebounds.
Cole Northwick drilled three from long range en route to nine points.
The Irish finished 9 of 20 from beyond the arc, 7 of 15 from two-point range and 12 of 15 at the free-throw line.
The team's shooting had cooled off a bit by Friday night and the result was a 73-64 South Suburban Conference home loss to Eagan.
The Irish trailed by just four points at halftime, but shot 39 percent from the floor and made just 7 of 22 shots from deep.
Goetz had another stellar night at the free-throw line, making all seven of his attempts while scoring 15 points. Senior post Sean Kalinowski emerged to provide a much-needed presence in the paint with 12 points and 10 rebounds and Northwick knocked down four threes while scoring 12 points.
Logan Halvorson added two threes and scored 10 points.
"Eagan is a talented and long team. We did not shoot great down the stretch, but we continued to battle until the end," Schnettler said. "Our posts played their best game of the year. It has been nice to see them continue to improve as the season goes by."
The Irish (4-8) traveled to Burnsville Tuesday and are back on the road tomorrow night at 10th-ranked (Class 4A) Lakeville North). Next Tuesday the tough stretch continues with a road game at No. 2 Apple Valley.
"We have been continuing to improve as the season has gone along," Schnettler said. "Our young guys are getting more and more experience and our leaders have been stepping up on game day. We are still all about the process and continuing to improve every day so that we are at our best in March."