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Boys basketball: Irish shoot down South

A pair of clutch three-pointers ended Rosemount's four-game losing streak and lifted the Irish to a 64-61 South Suburban Conference win over Lakeville South Friday night at Irish Gym.

With the Irish trailing by three, Cole Northwick splashed his third long-range shot of the game to tie the score. Jeremy Macchitelli then splashed a three of his own from the right wing to give the home team the lead for good. It was Macchitelli's only shot of the game.

"Our energy was great and we had some guys step up big down the stretch," Rosemount coach Bryan Schnettler said. "Jeremy Macchitelli hit a huge three and Kyle Kaupa played a great game off the bench. Garrett Goetz did a great job leading us all game and Sam Broback came up big on defense, taking two charges."

Overtime didn't look like it would be necessary early on when the Irish were pulling out to a 35-22 halftime lead. However, the shots quit falling after the break and the Cougars got close enough to finally tie the score with a three-pointer as the buzzer sounded at the end of regulation.

"We struggled to finish on offense in the second half," Schnettler said. "We got some very good looks, but were not able to convert."

The Irish settled at 40 percent shooting for the game. They made eight threes, including three from Northwick, who scored 12 points.

Goetz led the team with 18 points, made 6 of 7 from the free-throw line and handed out five assists.

Kaupa stepped up in the post with 14 points and a team-high five rebounds. Tyler Hartigan added six points and four boards.

The Irish, now 6-12 overall and in the middle of the pack at 4-6 in the South Suburban, were back in action Tuesday night against Eastview in Apple Valley. The Lightning are also 4-6 in the league.

Tomorrow night the team travels to Bloomington to face Kennedy.

Rosemount led Prior Lake 29-24 at halftime last Tuesday, but the Lakers put up 41 points over the final 18 minutes to pull away for a 65-50 win.

Goetz scored a team-high 17 points for the Irish, who shot just 30 percent from the field. Northwick connected on four three-pointers en route to 16 points.