Rockets take early lead, never look back
By Shaun Moriarty
Citizen Chronicle Writer
MILLBURY — The Auburn Rockets had a team effort in a ten-point win over the Woolies on Thursday night, taking the lead early and refusing to relinquish it.
Auburn jumped out to a 15-9 lead after the first quarter, building on it for much of the Southern Worcester County League tilt at Millbury High School.
Coleman Picard paced the Rockets offense with 16 points, pretty evenly distributing his buckets with seven points in the first half, nine in the latter half. Tyler Judice chipped in with 12 points, followed by 11 from Max Joncas and ten from Cam Bolduc.
Billy Nadeau led the Woolies in points with 13 on the night, including nine in the second half. Nadeau went 5-for-5 from the free throw line, all in the second half of the Millbury loss. Elijah Friedman got off to a quick start with nine points in the first half, finishing with 12 in the game. Ethan MacDuffie added eight points for the Woolies while Micah Friedman contributed with seven points.
The win is the second in a row for the 6-7 Rockets, who are at the tail end of a five-game road series, which will be followed by five consecutive home games. Auburn wraps up the road trip with a contest in Uxbridge against the 6-4 Spartans on Saturday at 12 p.m., then returns home with a game against Bellingham on Monday at 6:30 p.m.
The Woolies fell to 2-10 with the loss, including a difficult 0-6 record in home games. Millbury has now lost six consecutive games, last picking up a win on January 6 against the David Prouty Panthers in Spencer. Millbury looks unlikely to snap their losing streak on Monday when they host 7-3 Blackstone-Millville at 6:30 p.m.