Putting together a full 36-minute game continues to be the goal of the Rosemount boys basketball team.
The Irish experienced lulls in play that cost them in both of their South Suburban Conference road games last week. They faltered in the middle of last Tuesday's game at Eastview where a 14-point second-half deficit proved too much to overcome in a 68-64 setback. Friday night at Bloomington Kennedy the Irish trailed by just two points at halftime, but struggled in the second half of a 67-58 loss.
"We played a pretty good first half, but the second half was nowhere near our best," Rosemount coach Bryan Schnettler said of Friday's game in Bloomington. "We struggled to make open shots and had some lapses in communication on defense that cost us."
Garrett Goetz had a big game for the Irish, scoring 26 points. He made all 13 of his shots at the free-throw line and shot 6 of 12 from the floor.
Cole Northwick finished with 12 points, but made just 1 of 9 shots from downtown as the team went 4 of 20 from deep. Jack Kessler added seven points and Kyle Kaupa added a team-high six rebounds.
The offense was better last Tuesday at Eastview. Four players scored in double figures and the team shot 42 percent from the field with eight three-pointers, but Eastview was able to hold on for the four-point win.
"We played a very good beginning and end of the game, but had some lapses in the middle that cost us," Schnettler said. "We are working hard to get to the point where we can play a full 36 minutes.... We fought hard to come back after being down 14, but we were not able to get all the way back."
Goetz pumped in a team-high 17 points and handed out five assists. Northwick knocked down three three-pointers while scoring 13 points, Logan Halvorson scored 12 points and Kaupa chipped in with 11 points and four rebounds.
Rosemount (6-14) and Kennedy are now tied with Kennedy for seventh place in the South Suburban Conference with matching records of 4-7. The Irish traveled to Eagan Tuesday and are back home tomorrow night against second-place Lakeville North, which is ranked 10th in the state in Class 4A.
"We have a little less than a month between now and sections and that is a long time for guys to work hard and continue to improve," Schnettler said.