Auburn High boys’ and girls’ basketball teams score big wins over rival Opelika | High school

“We played under control and led the offense for the first six minutes,” Auburn coach Chris Brandt said. “I think when we do that we are very efficient and we can control the tempo.”

Opelika settled in with big buckets from Knox Chase and Landon Lee to close the gap, but Auburn didn’t back down. The Tigers kept their foot on the pedal for the remaining minutes of the first half and entered the locker room with a 32-20 lead.

The Bulldogs intended to make the second half a very different ball game. The only problem was that Buckley wasn’t giving up.

Buckley kept Auburn’s offense going in the opening minutes after halftime, and never was that clearer than with just over four minutes to go in the fourth. Buckley added to his impressive night with a 3-pointer to put Auburn up 19, and when the Tigers got the ball back, Buckley got the ball again.

Given another chance to shoot from 3, Buckley took advantage by drilling the shot and leaving Tigers fans screaming for more.

Opelika managed to reduce the deficit to single digits in the dying seconds of the game, but it was too little and far too late to top everything the Tigers achieved.

Buckley finished the night with a game-high 23 points, along with four assists and two rebounds. Carr walked away with 14 points and Caden Brown 10.

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