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Irish boys' basketball off to a slow start

The Rosemount Irish basketball team is not off to its ideal start. The Irish have started the season 1-6 overall in its non-conference schedule. However, they were able to go into the winter break with a win and momentum before they start their South Suburban Conference schedule.

Rosemount started the season with six straight losses, five of which came on the road as it was three weeks into the season before they had their first home game. They fell at Roseville 62-49, lost at Benilde-St. Margaret's 60-53, had a rough go of it at Woodbury where they lost 71-36, lost by 10 at Hastings 61-51 and fell at Minneapolis Washburn 80-58.

They then had two games at home, which they split. Rosemount lost to Bloomington Jefferson 56-44 but then beat Minneapolis South 65-52.

There have been a few silver linings in this rough stretch for the Irish. They are not being blown out except against Washburn and against Woodbury, who is currently ranked 10th in Class 4A. Several times, Rosemount has either led or been close at halftime and it will only be a matter of time until they are better able to close out those games.

The combination of Luke and Jacob Siwek, as well as Andrew Reuter, has provided effective scoring for the Irish. Every contest so far, one of three has had productive game to carry Rosemount. If they can get all three going consistently, watch out.

In the victory over Minneapolis South, Luke Siwek (a senior) and Reuter (a junior) combined for 47 points.

Rosemount opens South Suburban Conference play this week. They traveled to Eastview on Tuesday, Jan. 2, and then go to Eagan to Thursday, Jan. 4.

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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