By John Anderson
With 1:54 left in the second quarter, DJ Scavone was fouled on a drive to the net. After he made his first free throw, the crowd erupted in applause. DJ Scavone had just shot his 1000th career point on Auburn High’s varsity team. DJ was just playing hard per usual, and from the expression on his face, was not counting when that milestone point would be made.
Scavone has played varsity for three years, and he has been the top scorer in each of those seasons. Coach Andrew Niedzwiecki said, “This is a tribute to him. Not only has DJ been the leading scorer, but he’s been on winning teams where there were many other fine players.”
Auburn came out strong and never let up their lead, but Tantasqua played a solid game, especially with three-pointers. The Warriors landed 8 from the outside accounting for half their field goal points. Coach Niedzwiecki said, “We need a better 3-point defense.” Threes have taken a toll on the Rockets this season.
Auburn had a 10-point lead at the end of the first quarter, and they stretched it to 13 by the half, 34-21. The Warriors outshot the Rockets 33-27 in the second half, but they racked up significant fouls. Auburn scored 16 points from the line while Tantasqua had 3.
Scavone had 27 points for the home team, and Mike Thomas had 19. Both played an exceptional game. Niedzwiecki added, “We ran our motion offense well, and we had decent defensive rebounds. We need other players to take and make shots.”
This was also senior night for the boys. Adam Gustafson, Michael Thomas, DJ Scavone, Michael Jankowski, Ryan Kozlowski, Nick Arnold, and Will Greelish were recognized.
The Rockets face Bartlett at 1:00PM today in their first round of the Clark Tournament. As for this rematch, Niedzwiecki said, “We should have some fun.”