Boys basketball: Northwick, Goetz lead long-range barrage
Outside shooting helped Rosemount overcome a couple of slow starts and a rebounding disadvantage to play three competitive games at last weekend's St. Thomas Tournament.
The Irish knocked down 33 three-pointers during the three games in St. Paul, including 11 in a 59-50 first-round win over Providence Academy. The team connected on 10 more from long range in a 65-63 semifinal loss to tournament champion Wayzata Friday night and drilled 12 threes Saturday night in a 77-66 setback to Cretin-Derham Hall.
Wayzata offset Rosemount's hot shooting by holding the Irish to just 18 total rebounds and Cretin-Derham Hall did one better, limiting them to just 17 boards.
"We improved a lot throughout the tournament and we learned more about what we still need to improve on," Rosemount coach Bryan Schnettler said. "We are looking forward to conference play and continuing to get better as the year goes on."
The Irish got out to a slow start against Providence Academy, but overcame a 23-19 halftime deficit by putting up 39 points after the break.
Garrett Goetz drilled three three-pointers and finished with 19 points. Cole Northwick added four treys en route to 14 points and added six rebounds and four steals.
Logan Halvorson chipped in eight points and five rebounds and Kyle Kaupa had seven points and five boards. Jack Kessler chipped in six points and six rebounds.
Another slow start put the Irish in a tough spot against Wayzata. They trailed 31-24 at halftime and fell behind by as many as 15 before coming on strong in the final 12 minutes.
"We played our best basketball of the year in the final 12 minutes," Schnettler said. "We came up short in the net, but it was great to see our guys play at the intensity level that they did."
Goetz dropped in a game-high 26 points. He made 8 of 16 shots from the floor and 9 of 10 from the charity stripe.
Northwick drilled four more threes while once again scoring 14 points and Tyler Hartigan made three shots from long range while tacking on 11 points.
Goetz went off for 26 points for the second straight game against Cretin. He made 9 of 13 shots from the floor -- including 5 of 6 from beyond the arc -- and also dished out five assists.
Halvorson added four threes and 14 points and Northwick added a pair of treys while scoring eight points.
The Irish (2-7) begin a three-game homestand tomorrow night when they host Bloomington Kennedy for a South Suburban Conference game.