The Millbury boys and girls came to Auburn Middle School on Monday for some basketball, and both teams left without a win. The girls played first, and the Rockets took a quick lead and ended the first quarter 15-2. Working the ball around the outside has often been the method of keeping the score down this season, but it occasionally opens up a scoring opportunity for their opponent. The half ended with a 19-11 Auburn lead.
The second half was just as dismal for the Woolies as they were outshot 23-10. The game ended 42-21, Auburn’s 12th win in a perfect season so far. Coach Nathalie Khafaga could not be happier, especially with her two top scorers still on the bench with hand injuries.
The boys had a more challenging game that required overtime to pull off a Rocket victory, 59-57. Auburn was very much in control for the first half which ended 24-18. In the third, Millbury showed some solid 2-point shooting, but the Rockets answered with some 3’s to lead 43-35.
In the fourth, the Woolie offense tightened the gap with 6.7 seconds left, Auburn only led by 2 points, 52-50. Then, in one of those unthinkable moments, Millbury drove straight to the net to tie the game 52-52 and force a 3-minute overtime.
Auburn scored first in OT, but Millbury scored second and third to lead 57-55 with 36.2 seconds left. Aiden Benison scored a 3-pointer at 8.5 seconds, and Millbury fouled an Auburn player with 1.5 seconds on the clock. In the double bonus, Auburn’s Jacques Durocher returned to the Auburn end to shoot two free throws. He made one, and the Rockets now led 59-57. A scramble in the paint prevented the Woolies from getting anywhere near their net as the buzzer sounded.
Durocher and Jaimey Sousa each scored 14 points for the Rockets while Benison put up 11. Cullen Parent scored 7, Mike Nadeau shot 5, and JB Whittemore contributed 4. The boys are now 7-5.