Rockets back to .500 with tough road victory
By Shaun Moriarty
Citizen Chronicle Writer
UXBRIDGE — In a tight contest, the Auburn Rockets defied the odds to defeat their hosts in a four-point game this afternoon.
Auburn picked up a 55-51 road win over the Uxbridge Spartans, the third consecutive win for the Rockets. The teams went back-and-forth for much of the game, trading leads each quarter. Auburn held a 13-12 lead in the first quarter, but trailed 24-22 at halftime. The Rockets narrowed the deficit heading into the final quarter of the game, down 41-39. It was in those final minutes that Auburn overtook Uxbridge. In that decisive fourth quarter, Tyler Judice picked up five points for the Rockets, all from the free throw line. Coleman Picard added five points and Matty Backlin chipped in four as Auburn outscored the Spartans 16-11 in the final frame.
Harrison Mansfield led the Spartans in the tough-luck loss, netting 26 points in the game. Mansfield’s 16 points in the second half was more than any single Auburn player had in the entire game. Scott Kaeller offered some offensive support with 11 points for Uxbridge.
With the victory, Auburn improves to 7-7, matching their season-best winning percentage. The Rockets had previously crested on January 3 with a win over the Millbury Woolies that put the team at 3-3. The team will seek its fourth consecutive win, and a winning record for the first time this winter, on Monday when the Rockets take on Bellingham in Auburn. Tip off is slated for 6:30 p.m.
The loss drops Uxbridge to 7-5 on the season, and is their third in their last six games. The Spartans look to rebound next time out, taking on a tough Northbridge Rams (9-3) team in Northbridge on Wednesday, January 31. Game time is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.