By John Anderson

On last Thursday’s boys basketball Senior Night, Auburn defeated Northbridge, 59-34, in a game that was not only a terrific game for the seniors but also a great experience for the team, coaches and fans. It was, in fact, the type of game many anticipated this season. But, let’s look at the JV game first.

The Rams came out strong and were up 21-12 at the half, but Auburn fought back in the third and narrowed the lead to 1. 30 seconds in the fourth, the Rockets took a 26-25 lead, and with 25 seconds left, the home team took a time out with still a 1-point lead, 31-30.

Northbridge tried some desperate fouls that only resulted in Auburn building their lead from the foul line. As the Rams moved the ball down court in their last possession, Nick Gonyea stole the ball and held it until the clock ran out.

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Auburn’s varsity squad had a similar start as they were down 10-8 after one quarter and down 19-17 at the half. After the break, the Rockets went on a run and put up 8 points before a Northbridge timeout. Then, they scored another 18 points to the Ram’s 8.

With just under 3 minutes left in the game, the Rockets extended their lead to 20 points, 51-31, and they weren’t done yet. They added another 8 to end the contest and their season, 59-34.

It was a good showing for the 3 seniors. Nate Ramos led the team with 17 points, Conor Scully had 9, and Pat Westerlind scored 3. Erik Kozlowski dropped 10 points and Craigon Confer had 8 while Luke Matthews and Marc Louis each scored 6.

The boys end their season with a 6-13 record (5-11 SWCL) and did not qualify for playoffs.

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