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Boys Basketball: Lapses work against Irish in a pair of losses

The Rosemount boys basketball team has no misconceptions about where it stands this season.

The Irish know what they are and know what they have to do. They also know they are dealing with their fair share of limitations.

One of those limitations has been the team's size. Another has been inconsistent shooting.

It doesn't stop the effort, but it certainly makes things harder.

"It takes a tremendous effort on our part to be competitive with these top teams," Rosemount coach Mike Manning said. "We need to not have any of these lapses at all."

The limitations and lapses led to a pair of losses during the past week. The Irish lost 83-66 last week to Lakeville South, and followed that with a 76-61 loss at Lakeville North on Tuesday.

Playing against Lakeville North -- ranked No. 10 in the state, and second in the Lake Conference -- might just be too much for Rosemount at this time.

"We can't match their size inside," Manning said. "Against teams with size we struggle. We have smaller players like Karl Miranda being asked to guard larger players. It's a difficult challenge for us. We're trying to double the post to keep them from scoring easy baskets and it opens up the perimeter play for them

"We do a great job of helping in the paint, but we need to them be able to get out quicker on the perimeter. We are trying, but its hard. We're doing good things. I was pleased with the play (against North). Lakeville is a very talented team."

In a game where Rosemount got within five points in the second half, Zach Vraa again supplied the scoring punch for the Irish, tallying 20 points. He also grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.

Jack Pauly had nine points and four assists before fouling out.

"Jack Pauly played a great game," Manning said. "It was a shame he didn't get the chance to spend more time on the court."

Chase Vogler and Trenton Thompson each chipped in eight points.

Vogler led the Irish against Lakeville South with 23 points. Vraa scored 15 and Pauly added 10.

"We beat them by 19 points at their place and I think we didn't come as prepared as we normally are for games," Manning said. "And they shot phenomenally."