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Boys basketball: Slow start proves costly against No.9 Lakers

A slow start left Rosemount with too big a hole to get out of in Friday night's loss to ninth-ranked Lakeville North.

The Irish trailed 42-22 at the break and fell behind by as many 22 points before closing the gap to three points late in an eventual 77-65 South Suburban Conference setback at Irish Gym. The win improved the Panthers' record to 18-4, while the Irish slipped to 6-16 with their fourth straight loss.

"We played very flat in the first half," Rosemount coach Bryan Schnettler said. "The lesson from the game is that if you play hard good things will happen. We need to play with great effort for 36 minutes in order to beat good teams like Lakeville North."

The Irish got back into the game thanks in large part to their three-point shooting. Cole Northwick knocked down four from long range, Garrett Goetz and Jeremy Macchitelli each connected on three and the team finished 12 of 25.

Goetz also made 10 of 12 shots from the free-throw line and finished with a game-high 25 points and four assists. Northwick scored 12 points and Macchitelli and Sam Broback added nine apiece.

Jack Kessler hauled in a team-high six rebounds and Matt Stephenson added four.

The Irish shot just 35 percent from the floor in a 73-56 road loss at Eagan last Tuesday.

Northwick drilled a pair of three-pointers and scored a team-high 20 points, but the rest of the squad combined to go just 13 of 41 from the floor, including 3 of 17 from beyond the arc.

Goetz finished with 12 points and four rebounds and Sean Kalinowski added eight points.

The Irish hosted Burnsville Tuesday night and are back home against tomorrow night conference-leading and No. 1-ranked Apple Valley. The Eagles are 21-1 overall and have won 20 in a row.