The Rosemount boys' basketball team has made great strides so far this season after winning just two games in 2017-2018. The Irish have already eclipsed last year's win total and sit at 3-5 overall. They beat Hastings at home before Christmas by 19 and then played in a holiday tournament at East Ridge High School before New Years. In game one of the tournament the fell to East Ridge-the No. 5 team in Class 4A-94-39 and in game two they lost to New Prague 57-47.
Rosemount fell behind early to the Raiders but both teams struggled offensively to start the game. However, midway through the first half the Irish took a 13-10 lead and never looked back. Despite Hastings having a size advantage, Rosemount was able to get plenty of production in the post as well as numerous offensive rebounds and put backs, primarily by sophomore Zac Wenthe. They led the Raiders 34-26 at halftime.
In the second half Hastings was able to get a couple quick baskets early but then senior Jacob Siwek asserted himself-he scored 19 second half points-to extend the Irish lead to double digits. From there the combination of Siwek, Wenthe and senior Andrew Reuter proved too much for Hastings to handle. Siwek scored from all three levels-3-point range, mid-range and at the basket-while Wenthe got to the free-throw line and Reuter was a bully inside and in transition. Rosemount won 82-63.
Siwek and Wenthe led the Irish in scoring with 22 and 20 points respectively. Reuter added 19 points and sophomore Sean Sullivan had seven.
East Ridge tournament
Rosemount fell to East Ridge in the first game of their holiday tournament 94-39. The Irish struggled offensively and scored just 22 points in the first half and 17 in the second. No Rosemount player reached double-digits in scoring-Reuter led with eight points-while Sullivan and Wenthe both added six apiece.
Friday night, the Irish played New Prague at East Ridge in the second of two games for the tournament and lost 57-47 after the game was tied at 38 apiece.