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Boys basketball: Irish win four straight

The Rosemount High School boys basketball team has won four straight games including an overtime win against Cretin-Derham Hall.

Rosemount withstood a long second-half drought to rally for its fourth straight victory Thursday night at Irish Gym.

The Irish saw a 12-point second-half lead over Cretin-Derham Hall turn into a seven-point deficit before a series of clutch shots and defensive stops in the final four minutes forced overtime.

The Raiders broke a 53-53 tie with the first basket of overtime, but those were the last points they would score. Brandon Forcier made a lay-up in traffic to tie the game at 55 apiece, Garrett Goetz knocked down two free throws with eight seconds left and the Irish strung together three straight defensive stops to finish off a 57-55 nail-biter.

"Our guys did a great job of continuing to battle and not giving up," Rosemount coach Bryan Schnettler said. "You have to win the ugly ones too."

It was team effort for the Irish, who, for the first time this year, were led in scoring by someone other than Matt Nelson. The 6-foot-8 senior got plenty of attention from the C-DH defense, which allowed fellow post player Forcier to rack up a season-high 15 points and four rebounds. Forcier also came up big at the end of regulation, making two free throws that tied the score in the final minutes.

Nelson scored 11 points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds and Cole Northwick helped the Irish build their 29-21 halftime lead as he knocked down three three-pointers en route to a season-high 10 points.

Goetz added nine points, including a clutch three pointer and two free throws in the closing minutes. Jordan Tumilson added six points and five rebounds.

Rosemount 67, Woodbury 54

The Irish had less trouble holding on to their big halftime lead last Tuesday at Woodbury. They pulled ahead 30-15 by the break and coasted to a 67-54 win.

Nelson led the way with a double-double, scoring 17 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Teammate Charlie Broback joined him in double figures with 12 points.

Goetz scored nine points, Forcier added eight and Tumilson tacked on seven.

"We knew going into the week that we had two good teams on the schedule,"?Schnettler said. "The boys executed very well and more importantly played with a lot of energy and passion."

The Irish (4-2) are back in action this week at the St. Cloud Apollo Tournament. They will be joined by teams from Apollo, Rocori, Sartell-St. Stephen, Delano, Becker, Orono, Buffalo, St. Michael-Albertville, Prior Lake, sixth-ranked Apple Valley and St. Cloud Tech.