53-46 Over Northbridge Rams 

By John Anderson

Monday’s win over Northbridge may be the best overall game the Rockets have played since Mark Wright was sidelined. The Rams came in with a better record than the Rockets, and Northbridge boys are tough in any sport they play.

Auburn started with their solid offense along with a defense that shut down the Rams for the first part of the game. Nate Ramos came off the Auburn bench in the second quarter and drilled a 3-pointer, a score that might earn the sophomore more minutes. Although the competition remained constant from the formidable Rams, Auburn held onto a 31-27 lead at the half.

By the end of the third quarter it was a seven-point game in Auburn’s favor. The Rams got within three in the fourth, but back-to-back threes by Mike Thomas and Conor Scully gave the Rockets the separation they needed.

DJ Scavone led the home team with 21 points. Scully had 8 including two 3-pointers. Coach Andy Niedzwiecki said, “We’re playing fairly well and doing a good job on the boards.” “We’re starting to find ourselves.”

Moving forward without Wright, Niedzwiecki added. “We knew it would be the supporting cast that makes the difference. DJ and Mike Thomas would be fine.”

The coach concluded by saying Conor Scully has been the biggest surprise off the bench. “The more minutes he gets, the better he gets.