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Boys basketball: Late lead disappears at Prior Lake

With 77 points against Apple Valley two weeks ago, the Rosemount boys basketball team had its top offensive performance but still to the Eagles.

The season-high output was another sign the Irish's offense was coming around. Coach Bryan Schnettler was pleased to see the type of offensive basketball he expected this season. The coach also warned more consistency was needed.

Rosemount promptly scored 55 points in a win against Bloomington Jefferson, then dropped to 49 in a loss at Prior Lake. The Irish came back and scored 73 the next time out against Lakeville South.

A season-long trend, Schnettler was again left to plead for consistency.

"We've just got to be more consistent," Schnettler said. "Our issue is we are so up and down. We scored 77 a couple of weeks ago and the next night were at 55. A lot of it is the style of teams we are playing against. In our conference there are a lot of very talented teams. Even at the bottom of the standings, they are very good."

Faced with games against a team at the top of the South Suburban Conference in Lakeville South and one near the bottom with Prior Lake, the Irish lost two games. Rosemount lost 58-49 at Prior Lake and came back home and took an 81-73 loss against Lakeville South.

The loss at Prior Lake was especially hard to take for the Irish coaching staff.

Rosemount (6-14, 3-9 South Suburban) led by 10 in the second half, but faded down the stretch.

"They just outplayed us," Schnettler said. "We just didn't deserve to win based on how hard we played the last 15 minutes of the game."

Matt Nelson and Andrew Nelson each finished with nine points. Andrew Nelson had four steals. Jeff Ruhl had eight points and five rebounds.

As they did against Apple Valley, the Irish came out more prepared against one of the top teams in the South Suburban when they played the conference-leading Cougars.

Lakeville South led 41-35 at halftime, and Rosemount stayed close in the second half while shooting 46.4 percent as a team.

Andrew Nelson scored a team-high 17 points, grabbed seven rebounds, and had three steals, two blocks and two assists. Matt Nelson finished with 14 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, four blocks and three steals.

Tyler Liermann had 13 points, seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks.

Charlie Broback had 10 points.

"We played hard," Schnettler said. "We played well and played a few different guys who would play hard, and they played well."

Rosemount plays at Eastview tomorrow.