AUBURN, Mass. — Auburn varsity basketball games scheduled for Friday night were played on Thursday due to the impending blizzard.
The boys beat Shepherd Hill, 57-51, and took over first place in SWCL Central. Their last regular season game will be next Thursday against Tantasqua on the Rockets' home court.
Although the Warriors have a season record of 3-13, Auburn Coach Andy Niedzwiecki cautioned, "They're still very dangerous," with Corey Gatta holding the No. 2 scoring spot in SWCL.
The Rams put the first two points on the board, but senior John Kewley followed with two from downtown to get Auburn's first six points. The first quarter ended 22-15, to the Rockets' advantage. The second was very much back and forth, ending 35-30.
"We jumped out early, but then slowed down," Niedzwiecki said.
Auburn didn't score until the 4:37 mark of the third quarter, when junior D.J. Scavone scored two.
Sophomore Mark Wright dropped a three at 2:56 to tie the game at 40, and Scavone got another basket to give the Rockets a 42-40 lead.
Although the Rams would score another 11 points before the conclusion, it wasn't enough to counter Auburn's additional 15.
The Rockets also got very aggressive on defense. Pressure was consistent from one end of the court to the other, and the win was well-deserved.
The Hill's Tyler Martin should be recognized for his excellent game, as he contributed 22 points.