Indians raid Rockets’ home court
By Shaun Moriarty
Citizen Chronicle Writer
AUBURN — In what was a tight game for much of the night, the Grafton Indians pulled away late for a 64-51 over the Rockets on Thursday night.
The league match-up was tied at 43-43 heading into the fourth and final quarter, and fouls came to be the deciding factor as the Indians scored 11 points from the free throw line en route to a 21-8 run to end the game. Grafton was clutch in the free throw shots, hitting 11 of 12 from the charity stripe.
Grafton senior Kyle Sawtelle led the way with 21 points in the game, including 11 points in the fourth quarter, all but two of which came from the free throw line. Sawtelle was 9-for-10 in fourth quarter free throws, and 12-for-15 overall. Will Herndon, an Indians senior, had 19 points in the game, including 12 in the second half of the game. Wyatt Taylor chipped in with 12 points in the game for Grafton.
Auburn senior forward Matty Backlin paced the Rockets with 16 points in the loss, with half of those baskets coming in the third quarter. Max Joncas added 14 points, including 11 in the first half, while sophomore Cam Bolduc picked up 11 points in the game.
With the loss, their second in a row, Auburn falls to 7-9 on the season. The Rockets hope to rebound at home at 6:30 p.m. on Monday against the 7-8 Bartlett Indians. Bartlett has won five of their last six games.
Grafton improved to 11-3 on the year, and has won five of their last six games. The Indians will be back in action on Tuesday with a 6:30 p.m. tip off at the 7-6 Uxbridge Spartans.