Auburn Rockets Lack Fuel In Basketball Season Ender

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D.J. Scavone struggles to keep control of the ball as he is fouled by Kevin Cruz.
D.J. Scavone struggles to keep control of the ball as he is fouled by Kevin Cruz. Photo Credit: John R. Anderson
Charger Kevin Gautreau tips a pass from Mark Wright.
Charger Kevin Gautreau tips a pass from Mark Wright. Photo Credit: John R. Anderson
Hands are everywhere as Auburn's Tyler Simmons goes up for a basket.
Hands are everywhere as Auburn's Tyler Simmons goes up for a basket. Photo Credit: John R. Anderson
In successive frames, Tyler Simmons is blocked as he goes for two.
In successive frames, Tyler Simmons is blocked as he goes for two. Photo Credit: John R. Anderson
Auburn's Mark Wright drives past a Charger on his way to the net.
Auburn's Mark Wright drives past a Charger on his way to the net. Photo Credit: John R. Anderson
Tyler LaMonda's shot is blocked by BMR's Kevin Cruz.
Tyler LaMonda's shot is blocked by BMR's Kevin Cruz. Photo Credit: John R. Anderson
D.J. Scavone is fouled as he attempts a shot with 5:05 left in the first half.
D.J. Scavone is fouled as he attempts a shot with 5:05 left in the first half. Photo Credit: John R. Anderson

AUBURN, Mass. - Coming off a victory in the Clark Tournament, expectations were high as Auburn's Boys Varsity began the divisional basketball playoffs. Seeded at fifth, their first challenge was 12th seeded Blackstone-Millville Regional. The match ended 61-48 in Blackstone-Millville's favor.

Auburn began the game with great energy as D.J. Scavone put up the first two points, and it looked early on like the Rockets would dominate. When the Chargers settled down, they put up a fight at both ends of the court. Solid rebounding and great shooting put the Chargers up 15-14 as the first quarter closed.

The Chargers' aggressive defense thwarted the Rockets' success in the paint but also put Blackstone-Millville in the penalty mid way through the second. For the game, Auburn had 12 points at the line compared to Blackstone-Millville's eight, but the Chargers had 25 field goals to Auburn's 16. It was 25-21 at the half with the visitors ahead.

The Chargers began to pull away in the third led by senior Kevin Gautreau who had 20 points in the game. He rarely missed an opportunity. Fellow senior captain Matt Nordquist contributed 13. The quarter ended with BMR up 48-33.

The Rockets tried to rally in the fourth, but the Chargers would have no part of it. Blackstone-Millville used the shot clock wisely to take off precious seconds during their possessions and never relented on Auburn's offense. Again, the Chargers were in the penalty but successful free throws could not equal the missed field goals.

Auburn's leaders were Tyler Simmons with 11 and D.J. Scavone with 10. Tyler LaMonda put up eight while John Kewley and Mark Wright each had seven7. It will be interesting to watch the Rockets next year when the very experienced D.J. Scavone and Mark Wright are joined by six players who rarely got off the bench this season.

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Maybe Mr, Anderson should get his facts straight, D J and Mark are returning along with Mike Thomas who has started 31 straight games for the Rockets until he was injured, but you probably watched just the last few games, get your facts straight before you comment,