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Boys basketball: Looking for a turnaround

Rosemount’s second meeting with Burnsville looked a lot different than the first.

The Irish lost control on their home court back in mid-January and the Blaze went off for 83 points in a three-point win. In the rematch last Tuesday in Burnsville, the Irish buckled down defensively and held the home team to 16 points in the second half while evening the series with a 51-48 win.

“We played very good defense in the second half against Burnsville. We did a nice job of packing the paint and limiting their second chance points down the stretch,” Rosemount coach Bryan Schnettler said. “Burnsville did not score for the last five minutes of the game.”

Those are the kind of results Rosemount was hoping for in Wednesday night’s Section 3AAAA tournament opener against Eagan. The winner of the 4 vs. 5 game will likely earn a date with No. 1-ranked Apple Valley, which routed the Irish 82-55 in Friday’s regular season finale Friday night in Apple Valley.

The Eagles finished off an 18-0 run through the South Suburban Conference, while the Irish finished in a three-way tie for sixth at 7-11.

“We will have to compete very hard of the defensive end and on the boards in order to do well in sections,” Schnettler said. “We also need to work for great shots every possession on offense. The guys understand what we need to do to be successful and I have no doubt that they will go out and execute well.”

In the win over Burnsville, Cole Northwick led Rosemount with 16 points. Matt Stephenson was right behind with 14 points and five rebounds.

Tyler Hartigan added five points and Logan Halvorson had five steals.

Jared Hanson drilled four three-pointers and scored a season-high 17 points in the loss at Apple Valley. He also handed out five assists and grabbed four rebounds.

Hartigan added eight points and Halvorson scored seven.

The Irish committed 22 turnovers and shot just 31 percent from the floor.