Auburn Boys Basketball Downs Millbury, 60-41

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Auburn inbounds a pass into the Millbury defensive zone during the Rockets' 60-41 win Friday night.
Auburn inbounds a pass into the Millbury defensive zone during the Rockets' 60-41 win Friday night. Photo Credit: Steve Balestrieri
Nicholas Guaragno sinks a free throw.
Nicholas Guaragno sinks a free throw. Photo Credit: Steve Balestrieri
Michael Woll gets looked at on the Millbury bench after hitting his head on the floor. Woll recovered to score 21 in a losing effort for the Woolies.
Michael Woll gets looked at on the Millbury bench after hitting his head on the floor. Woll recovered to score 21 in a losing effort for the Woolies. Photo Credit: Steve Balestrieri
Auburn fine tunes its plan during a time-out. The Rockets cruised to an easy 60-41 win.
Auburn fine tunes its plan during a time-out. The Rockets cruised to an easy 60-41 win. Photo Credit: Steve Balestrieri

AUBURN, Mass. — The Auburn High boys basketball team jumped out to big first-quarter lead, and then cruised to a 60-41 win over Millbury High on Friday night at the Auburn High gymnasium.

The Rockets (3-0, 3-0 SWCL) defense pressed Millbury (1-3, 1-3 SWCL) into many bad passes and forced too many turnovers for the Woolies to overcome.

With the score knotted at 4-4, the Rockets went on a 12-0 run,  including three-point plays by Tyler Simmons and Tyler Lamonda, and led 18-7 after the firs quarter.

Auburn used some crisp outlet passes and wide-open shots from the perimeter and upped its lead to 31-12 early in the second quarter before Millbury regrouped. The Woolies Dakota Miller buried a three-point shot that keyed a 9-0 Millbury run that narrowed the lead to 31-21.

But, after halftime, Millbury had trouble getting out of its zone and resumed turning the ball over, and the Rockets pounced. Taking advantage of easy shots and fast breaks, Auburn built the largest lead of the game at 48-28.

The Rockets were then in cruise control and easily finished off the fourth quarter to reach the 60-41 final. Lamonda led all scorers with 22 points, Simmons chipped in 16 along with 18 rebounds and DJ Scavone scored 11. The Woolies were led by Michael Woll, who scored 21 points, including 9 of 11 from the free throw line, and Dakota Miller, with 9 points.

Auburn returns to action Dec. 27 during the Rockets Classic Tournament. Millbury is off until Jan. 3 when it hosts Quabog.

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