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Boys basketball: Irish forced to play catch-up last week

A slow start against top-ranked (Class 4A) Eastview set the tone for another frustrating couple of games for the Rosemount boys basketball team last week.

The Irish scored just 11 points in the first half of last Tuesday's game against the Lightning in Apple Valley and eventually fell 65-45 after playing to a 34-34 draw in the final 18 minutes. The team dug another big hole for itself Friday night, falling behind 48-30 by the break in a 76-49 loss to a .500 Eagan team.

The Irish (7-7) have lost five of six games since finishing the 2011 portion of the schedule with a 6-2 mark. They have scored between 45 and 54 points in all six of their South Suburban Conference games after putting up 66 or more four times during their early-season six-game winning streak.

"We had two tough losses this week. We are looking to get back on track this week and find our confidence again," Rosemount head coach Bryan Schnettler said. "The boys continue to work hard and we will be playing at the level we need to be playing in March."

Rosemount returns home for a pair of games this week. The Irish took on Burnsville Tuesday and are back at Irish Gym tonight against No. 4-ranked (Class 4A) Lakeville North.

Senior Matt Nelson bounced back from a six-point effort against Eastview with a team-high 23 points and six rebounds against Eagan. Cole Northwick and Jordan Tumilson each added six points.

As a team, the Irish shot 50 percent from two-point range, but just 53 percent from the free-throw line and 28 percent from the three-point arc.

The team shot 37 percent against 14-0 Eastview. Tyler Liermann was the only player to reach double figures, scoring 11 points. Charlie Broback knocked down a pair of threes and finished with eight points.