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Irish boys' basketball loses on the road to Eagan and Eastview

Junior Andrew Reuter led all scorers with 19 points in the game Jan. 2 at Eagan. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 3
Luke Siwek goes up for the layup during the road loss to Eagan. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 3
Senior center Sam Willmott makes a pass to the corner against the Wildcats. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 3

The Rosemount Irish boys' basketball team dropped two South Suburban Conference road games to Eastview and Eagan this past week. The Irish struggled Jan. 4 against a .500 Eastview Lightning team, falling 75-42. Rosemount then traveled to Eagan on Jan. 6 where they led the Wildcats most of the game before losing 55-52.

Rosemount got off to a slow start against Eastview and trailed 38-19 at halftime. While things were a little bitter in the second half, it was nowhere near enough as they were still outscored by 14 in the second half to lose by 33. Senior Luke Siwek led the Irish in scoring with 19 points, followed by junior Andrew Reuter with 10. No other Rosemount player scored more than four points. Meanwhile, the Lightning had five players in double-figures.

Eagan

The Irish led the Wildcats for almost three-quarters of the game but were unable to maintain their lead. Rosemount jumped out to a 13-9 lead after some effective use of Reuter in the post and five points from senior Samuel Lindemann. The Irish were unable to extend that lead, however, as they struggled with foul trouble and Eagan stayed close at the foul line. Rosemount led 26-22 at half as each team played a slow, methodical game with little running in transition or pressure. At half, junior Marcus Stephenson led Rosemount with six points while Siwek and Lindemann both had five.

The Irish extended their lead to 31-22 just six minutes into the second half as their offense and Reuter began to warm up. However, the next six minutes saw Eagan go on a run and Rosemount score just six points as the Wildcats flipped the momentum to take a six-point lead 41-35 with eight minutes to play. Both teams played generally sloppy down the stretch in the second half as they exchanged baskets in an entertaining back-and-forth. Despite Reuter being able to hit a couple big shots, the Irish were never able to tie or take a lead and fell 55-52 after Reuter hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Reuter led all scorers with 19 points and was the only one in double-digits for Rosemount. Stephenson finished with eight points while Siwek added seven. Lindemann, who had the five quick points to start the game, battled foul trouble the rest of the way and eventually fouled out in the second half, finishing with just five points. Junior Keaton Miller had six points while senior Sam Willmott also had five and fellow senior Chartagan Bowser added two.

Rosemount is now 1-8 overall and 0-2 in the SSC. The Irish are now firmly entrenched in SSC play as all but one of their remaining regular season games are against conference opponents.

Rosemount has three-straight home games against Burnsville, Lakeville North and Apple Valley. They hosted Burnsville on Tuesday, Jan. 9, then play Lakeville North on Friday, Jan. 12, and Apple Valley Tuesday, Jan. 16.

Alec Hamilton

Alec Hamilton is a sports reporter and general assignment reporter at the Hastings Star Gazette. He is a journalism graduate of Drake University.

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