The last couple of years have been tough for Auburn’s boys varsity basketball team. There hasn’t, in fact, been a season end over 500 since the 2013-14 school year when the Rockets went 16-9 and lost in the Central D3 Final. When Quaboag came to town on Friday night, it would be easy to assume that a team with a 1-7 record would fall easily, but the Cougars are tougher than that, and they brought a powerful defense.

The JV squad put up 62 points for their victory, but along the way, the Rockets accumulated 18 fouls against the aggressive Cougars. The most positive things were how many players will transition well onto varsity next season and how hot the team is with 3-point baskets.

Freshman Jaimey Sousa led with 18 points including two 3’s while sophomore Josh Moylan followed with 12, all 3’s. Nathan Judice had 10 with one 3, and Joe Clougherty and Ethan Madison-Hella each scored 8. Brendan Anish and Jacob Benoit each contributed a 3 towards the team’s total of 10.

Basketball fans always hear coaches yell “arms up” at their defense, and the varsity Cougars actually do it. Unfortunately, their offensive shooting is lacking, and the Rockets took a quick advantage with a 15-8 lead after one quarter and a 26-18 lead at the half.

The Rockets held their guests to only 3 points in the third quarter when Zack McCann dropped a late 3. Quaboag outshot Auburn 7-3 from downtown, but they were not accurate in the paint. The game ended 50-31 and gave the Rockets their fourth win on the year. After Monday’s loss to Dover-Sherborn, Auburn is 4-6, and there many more games to play.

Cam Bolduc led the home team with 15 points, and Matty Backlin followed with 12. Max Joncas had 9, and Coleman Picard and Craigon Confer each had 6. Jason Henry shot 2.

The Rockets really played like a team and worked together for a win. It will be exciting to see what happens from this point forward.