By John Anderson
Auburn’s boys varsity basketball players are doing a lot of things right. Unfortunately, being in the lead at the end of a game is rarely one of them this season.
The Rockets are now 2-7 after losing a tough game to Uxbridge on Tuesday, 48-42. In their typical fashion, Auburn came out strong with Nate Ramos and Conor Scully scoring 3’s. For a while it looked like the blue team would be taking control.
Less than 2 minutes into the second quarter, however, the Spartans tied the game at 13-13 and then took the lead with a 3 of their own. Uxbridge never looked back and climbed to a 30-20 lead at the half.
The Spartans maintained their 10-point lead at the end of the third and held on during a Rocket push in the fourth. Auburn was in the double bonus by the end of the game and went down 48-42.
This year’s Rocket squad can sink 3’s, and Scully and Ramos each had three during the game while Eric Howarth added another. There seems to be a disconnect, though, when the team fails to continue what is working.
During this game, the Rockets consistently missed easy lay-ups and free throws, which would have given them a well-earned victory. When their momentum is broken, the results aren’t good.
It would be easy for a coach to be angry, but Andy Niedzwiecki has been encouraging and hopeful as his team develops. “We’re improving. That’s all we can ask for.”
The Coach added, “We played 25 minutes of how we need to play. We need to play 32 minutes like that.”
Conor Scully led the team with 14 points, and Nate Ramos had 11 while Dave Roy scored 10. Eric Howarth had 5, and Mark Wright had 2.
The Rockets play Quaboag away on Friday and Northbridge home next Tuesday.