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Boys Basketball: Making their own matchups

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Admittedly, the Rosemount boys basketball team doesn't have much size compared to other teams it faces in the Lake Conference.

Drawing the unenviable defensive matchup last week was Irish senior Karl Miranda.

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Miranda is listed as 6 foot on the team's roster. Last week against Chaska, the senior was matched up against a 6-foot-10 Hawks player.

"They bring in a 6-foot-10, 6-foot-6, and 6-foot-7 kids," Rosemount coach Mike Manning said. "Karl Miranda did a good job shutting down the 6-foot-10 kid. It looked hilarious. Karl showed so much heart. He was unbelievable. The whole team really played some lock-down defense Friday and last night, running our systems.

"They have been playing so unselfishly. It's been great to see."

Rosemount beat Chaska, 58-51, last week and followed it up with a 70-61 win against Eastview on Tuesday.

Miranda's play exemplified the unselfishness, and the fact that no matter the competition these days, the Irish have been making their own match ups.

They've also gone a long way to proving some skeptics wrong.

"We're pleased with where we are through the first turn of conference play," Manning said. "You look at some papers here in the fall and coaches were picking us to finish last, not ninth or 19th, last for God's sakes. I am so proud of how these kids have worked.

"One of the things (against Eastview) that was really cool is, we pride ourselves on if there is a loose ball on the floor we want to be on the floor and get it. There must have been seven of those last night and we got every single one of them. I have not seen effort like that in a long time. We're really pleased."

After drawing the tough defensive assignment on Monday, Miranda came back to score 14 points on Tuesday. Another good sign is the play of Jack Pauly.

The point guard stepped up when needed with a team-high 16 points against Chaska, and came back to pass out eight assists against Eastview.

Leading scorer Zach Vraa had 15 points against Chaska, and finished with what Manning called a "quiet" 31 against Eastview, going 19 of 24 from the free-throw line.

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