MILLBURY, Mass. — The Oxford boys basketball team jumped out to big lead but had to survive a third quarter rally before rolling over the Woolies, 65-51, on Monday night at Millbury High School.
Oxford's Tyler Barrie and Liam Pickett led all scorers with 16 points. Barrie buried four three-pointers, including three during a pivotal third quarter run to put Oxford ahead for good.
The Pirates pressed the Woolies on defense, forcing turnovers and bad passes and jumping out to a 14-5 lead. The Woolies had trouble matching the speed of the Pirates early on. And Oxford controlled the boards on the offensive end, getting many second-chance shots.
But the Woolies fought back, working the ball down to the post to Tristan Cano and Nicholas Guaragno. They trailed 30-22 at halftime. The Woolies came out on fire after the break and went on a 9-0 run for their first lead of the game, 31-30.
But the game turned quickly, as Oxford started hitting fast breaks and finding the open man along the baseline. They went on an 11-0 run to jump back into a 10-point lead.
The Woolies couldn’t counter, and the Pirates ran the lead up as high as 17 points before the final buzzer. Their speed and passing was too much for Millbury. Cano led the Woolies with 15 points, Guaragno chipped in 10 and Michael Woll and Guy Vigneau each had seven in the losing effort.
The Woolies return to action Wednesday at 7 p,.m. when they travel to Hopedale High School.