MILLBURY, Mass. — The Sutton Sammies basketball team held off a determined Millbury Woolies team and pulled away in the final two minutes for a 53-41 win in Sutton on Wednesday night.
The Sammies used their entire bench, taking advantage of fresh legs to keep the pressure on the Woolies all evening. Sutton was led Tom McGovern, who led all scorers with 14 points. He set the tone by burying a pair of three-pointers when the Sammies were cold in the early going.
Millbury held the edge and led through most of the quarter. But due to some good play from McGovern, including a nice move and a layup, the score was tied at 10 at the buzzer.
The second quarter saw four lead changes in the first four minutes. But then Sutton went on a 7-0 run, causing Milllbury to call a timeout with 2:49 remaining. The Woolies responded with a 6-0 run of their own and a steal and layup by Evan Cano, which would have given them back the lead but was wiped out by a charge.
The Sammies used some nice passes to open up a three-point shot by Matt Soule that put Sutton up at the break, 26-23.
But it didn’t go the Woolies way in the third quarter. After Mike Woll drained a shot from the perimeter to narrow the lead to one, Sutton went on a 9-0 run to go up 35-25. Sutton led by as many as 14, but the Woolies kept battling back. Woll drained a three-pointer at the end of the quarter, and Millbury trailed, 42-32.
The Woolies tried to get the ball to big man Nick Guaragno, but the Sammies doubled him down low and kept him bottled up most of the night. Still, with 2:32 remaining, it was still a two-possession game at 47-41. But Sutton dominated, going on another 6-0 run to put the win away.
The Woolies saw poor free throw shooting. Woll went three-for-four, but the rest of the team managed only one-for-10. Woll led the Woolies with 12 points and was followed by Guaragno and Anthony DiStefano with eight each.