Last Wednesday evening, the boys summer basketball program came to an end with Sutton claiming the prize. The girls completed their season last week, and Woodstock came in first.
10 teams from the region competed in the girls program run by Kristen Pappas, but the loss of a single player hit Quabbin hard, and they just couldn’t get a foothold during the championship game. Woodstock led 14-7 at the half and continued their lead into the second. With less than 3 minutes to go, Quabbin once again came within 7 points, 28-21, but they never tightened the gap. Woodstock won 33-22.
Webster came into the boys championship confident having won the quarterfinal by 2 points and the semi-final by 1, but they knew topping Sutton would be a struggle. Their 7-man roster didn’t allow for the substitutions that were easy for the large Sutton bench.
Sutton made this victory look way too easy at times with a rock solid defense and good shooting. They were up 31-12 at the half, and concluded the game 59-33. The MVP was Sutton’s Jarod Buffone with 17 points.
Andrew Niedzwiecki ran the Auburn program this year after assisting last season. This was the first time in over 32 years that Bob Muir wasn’t in charge, but he left the league in great shape. 14 teams participated in the non-profit league, and the Auburn boys finished 5-5 but lost in the first round of the playoffs.