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Boys basketball: Irish first at Granite City Classic

The Rosemount boys basketball team continued its recent roll at last week's Granite City Classic.

The Irish scored a pair of lopsided victories over Sartell/St. Stephen and St. Cloud Tech as they pushed their winning streak to six games and won the championship of the Diamond Division at the tournament in St. Cloud.

"We are playing good team basketball right now and we are excited to start conference play," said Rosemount coach Bryan Schnettler, whose Irish take on Bloomington Jefferson and Prior Lake this week.

Rosemount opened the tournament by using a balanced scoring attack to pull away from Sartell/St. Stephen, 68-50 on Wednesday afternoon.

Five players scored at least nine points, led by seniors Matt Nelson and Tyler Liermann, who supplied 14 apiece. Charlie Broback scored 12 points, Brandon Forcier dropped in 11 and Garrett Goetz chipped in nine.

Schnettler credited "great team defense and unselfish play on offense" for the Irish's 67-45 rout of St. Cloud Tech Thursday in the tournament championship game.

Nelson threw down a couple of slam dunks and finished with a game-high 23 points, 10 rebounds, four blocked shots and four steals.

Forcier chipped in down low with 13 points and eight rebounds. Goetz scored nine points for the second straight game and Jordan Tumilson and Cole Northwick each tallied eight points.

The Irish travel to Prior Lake tomorrow night for their first South Suburban Conference road game of the season. Tip-off is set for 7:15.