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Boys basketball: Top-ranked Eagles win 23rd straight against Irish

The Rosemount boys basketball team drilled 12 three-pointers while chipping away at a 22-point deficit in an eventual loss to ninth-ranked Lakeville North two weeks ago.

The offense that heated up during that second-half charge went cold during a pair of South Suburban Conference losses last week. The Irish scored just 14 points in the first half and shot 24 percent from the field in a 53-52 home loss to Burnsville last Tuesday, and were left in the dust by No. 1-ranked Apple Valley when they shot 28 percent in an 86-60 setback in front of a big crowd at Irish Gym Friday night.

The shooting struggles extended beyond the three-point arc where the Irish shot just 10 of 51, or 19.6 percent, during the two-game stretch.

"It was the same story in both games. We need to have guys step up and make open shots," Rosemount coach Bryan Schnettler said. "We have guys that can do this and it is time to step up and finish plays."

Apple Valley started out hot Friday night, knocking down several three-pointers and throwing down a pair of dunks in the first half, but the Irish missed several wide open shots that could have cut their 48-34 halftime deficit to single digits. On one possession, the Irish got three offensive rebounds and ended up missing four jump shots.

Jeremy Macchitelli paced the home team with three three-pointers and 16 points. Jack Kessler attacked the basket in the first half and scored 12 points while grabbing nine rebounds and Garrett Goetz chipped in nine points, four rebounds and three assists.

Cole Northwick scored eight points and Tyler Hartigan tacked on seven.

The Irish (6-18) took a six-game losing skid into Tuesday's road game at Bloomington Jefferson. They close out the regular season at home tomorrow night against Prior Lake.