By John Anderson
When Auburn edged out Assabet, 42-40, in the first round of the Rocket Classic on Sunday, there was hope that the ignition spark was firing again for Rockets’ boys basketball. After winning their season opener against Grafton on the 11th, Auburn had suffered three losses and really needed a booster.
Conor Scully and Marc Louis each had 10 points in the first round as Auburn squeaked by with a win. It wasn’t a walk off by any means. The slide show of this game is courtesy of Mark Seliger. Prints can be ordered here or on seligerphotography.com.
In the Championship Game on Monday night, both Auburn and Westborough showed up to play. It took a bit for Auburn to settle down, and they went ahead 16-14 with 4:12 left in the second quarter. It went back and forth, but the first half ended tied, 22-22.
At the end of the third, Nate Ramos sank a 3 to give the home team a 33-30 lead. With 4:24 left in the game, the Rocket lead increased to 45-37, but the Rangers weren’t done yet. With 51 seconds on the clock, Westborough only trailed by 1, 50-49.
Erik Kozlowski put up 2 to make it 52-49 with 35 seconds left, but the Rangers responded with 2 points to, again, leave them only 1 point away from a tie. The Rockets were unable to produce in the final seconds, and Westborough gained possession with about 5 seconds left.
The ball was passed to freshman Matthew Doherty who dropped a 3 as the buzzer sounded. The Rangers took the tournament with the 54-52 score.
Despite 19 points by Nate Ramos, 9 points by Erik Kozlowski and 8 points by Patrick Westerlind, the Rockets could not prevail.