Boys Basketball: Uxbridge Rally Sinks Millbury, 69-58

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Evan Cano fires an inbound pass to begin the second half. Photo Credit: Steve Balestrieri
Mark DeVries (12) watches Evan Cano of Millbury closely in basketball action Friday night. DeVries led all scorers with 28 points, followed by Cano, who had 18. Photo Credit: Steve Balestrieri
Things were looking good for the Woolies, who led by 10 at the time of this timeout in the second half. Photo Credit: Steve Balestrieri
DeVries buries one of his free throws. He was deadly from the line, hitting 13 of 14 to rally the Spartans for the win. Photo Credit: Steve Balestrieri

MILLBURY, Mass. — The Uxbridge High School boys basketball team rode a furious second half comeback behind a huge performance by Mark DeVries to down the Millbury Woolies, 69-58, Friday night at Millbury High School.

DeVries poured in 28 points, which led all scorers. He canned 18 in the second half and constantly drew fouls, going 13-for-14 from the stripe to lead the Spartans.

Uxbridge led by as many seven points in the second period before Millbury rallied as time was winding down in the half. With just two seconds to go, Millbury’s Evan Cano launched a nearly full-court shot that hit nothing but net to put the Woolies up at halftime, 32-30.

The shot sparked Millbury, which came out strong in the second half. Cano buried another three, as did Michael Woll, and the Woolies led by 10 points at 46-36. Uxbridge regrouped, though, thanks largely to DeVries and Kenneth Paulhus Jr., and came storming back.

Paulhus buried a three-pointer at the buzzer to end the third quarter and put Uxbridge back on top, 51-49. From there, the Woolies couldn’t stay out of foul trouble. Millbury coach Dan Spring, arguing a call, was hit with a double technical foul and was ejected.

DeVries made all four free throws and the Spartans went up 59-51. Millbury couldn’t get any closer than seven points down the stretch. With Millbury fouling to get the ball back, Uxbridge kept it in DeVries’ hands, and he responded by hitting the free throws.

The Woolies were led by Evan Cano, who had 18 points, and Michael Woll, who fired in 17 more in the losing effort. Paulhus added 17 for the Spartans.

The Woolies return to action Tuesday night at home when they take on Southbridge High School. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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