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Boys basketball: Offense steps up against Eagles

All season long, Rosemount boys basketball coach Bryan Schnettler has looked for more offense from his squad.

So, when the Irish's best offensive performance of the season came in a 20-point loss last week, even Schnettler had to look at the positives.

In fact, the recent stretch of games has offered some promise, at least in terms of offensive production.

"The offense has been better of late, in regards to how we are moving," Schnettler said. "We're getting more comfortable with what we have in place. We're looking for more consistency, who makes the shots and who doesn't. We don't have those consistent guys we can count on to get double figures every night.

"We have different guys in double figures every night, which is good and bad. It's good to get everyone scoring, but it would be nice to have some consistent guys in that double-figures area."

Rosemount lost 97-77 last week against a streaking Apple Valley team. The Irish recovered for a 55-49 win at home against Bloomington Jefferson on Friday.

The 77 points scored against Apple Valley is Rosemount's season high. With last week's scoring improvement, the Irish entered the week averaging 53 points per game. After only reaching 50 points in a game once over a six-game stretch in late December and January, Rosemount has reached the 50-point mark in six of its last eight games and five games in a row.

"We've got eight games left and we feel like we're heading in the right direction," Schnettler said. "We're getting better. If we can get more consistency, we're good enough to make a run in the section. We have to show how much better we can get this month before sections begin."

Rosemount (6-12, 3-7 South Suburban) needs the offense it showed against Apple Valley and the defense demonstrated against Bloomington Jefferson.

"We're getting better, but we need to be better consistently," Schnettler said. "We can't just show glimpses here and there. As a whole, we've gotten better."

Slow starts in each game last week added a new point of emphasis for Schnettler.

The Irish overcame a 22-8 deficit against Bloomington Jefferson, but couldn't do the same against explosive Apple Valley.

Rosemount came back against the Jaguars with three players scoring in double-figures. Brandon Forcier led the team with 14 points. He added six rebounds and three blocks.

Andrew Nelson added 13 points and nine rebounds. Charlie Broback had 11 points on 4 of 5 shooting with three 3-pointers.

"It's definitely always good to win," Schnettler said. "We've got to find a way to get off to a better start. We've been struggling to do that. It doesn't matter if it's the No. 1 team or the last place team. We have to find a way to jump out earlier."

The Irish shot 53.6 percent from the field against Apple Valley, their best mark since hitting 54.3 percent against Shakopee on Jan. 8.

Matt Nelson had a team-high 18 points to go with seven rebounds and four assists. Andrew Nelson had 16 points.

Broback added 11 points and Forcier scored 10 points, grabbed seven rebounds and had three assists.