LOGAN ROBERTS goes hard to the hoop for two of his 21 points at Inter-Lakes on Friday night. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
December 10, 2012MEREDITH — Before the season started, Prospect Mountain boys' hoop coach Tom Bourdeau stated that he was going to need to see a lot of scoring from his frontcourt in order to make up for the loss of last year's two leading scorers, Zack Drouin and Pat Cassidy.
One game in to the new season and the Timber Wolf coach got what he was looking for.
Prospect's three starting forwards and top backup combined for 54 of the team's 69 points as the Timber Wolves used a strong second half to roll past Inter-Lakes by a 69-46 score in Meredith on Friday, Dec. 7.
"That's what we needed," Bourdeau said of his frontcourt's production. Logan Roberts scored 21 points, Jay Mousseau added 16, backup Zach Robertson put in 10 and Austin Perrin scored seven.
Despite the great final production, it took the Timber Wolves a little while to get their game in gear, as the Lakers hung around in the first half and even tied the game early in the second half before the visitors went on a roll and never looked back.
"The first game is never pretty," Bourdeau said. "I don't think I've ever seen a good first game."
Ethan Henderson got the scoring started with a three-pointer for the Timber Wolves and after a Laker hoop, a Roberts free throw gave the visitors the 4-2 lead. The hosts then converted a three-point play to take the lead, but a Perrin three-pointer pushed the Timber Wolves back in front. The Lakers cut the lead to one, but a hoop from Robertson and a free throw from Perrin upped the lead to four. Inter-Lakes got another hoop but another Perrin three-pointer pushed the lead to 13-8 in the final seconds of the period.
The hosts, however, got a three at the buzzer, cutting the lead to 13-11 after one quarter of play.
Mousseau hit the first hoop of the second quarter, but the Lakers answered right back. Robertson followed with a three-pointer and Roberts hit a hoop, upping the lead to 20-13. After a Mousseau bucket upped the lead to nine, the Lakers drained a pair of free throws. A Roberts hoop and a Logan LaRoche free throw pushed Prospect's lead to 10 at 25-15, but the Lakers fought back, scoring the next six points to cut the lead to four.
Robertson hit a hoop to make it a six-point game and LaRoche drilled a shot at the buzzer to make it 29-21 at the halftime break.
"I was disappointed in our intensity and desire in the first half," Bourdeau said. "Inter-Lakes outhustled us and got a lot of easy points because we weren't back on defense."
It looked like much of the same to start the second half, as the Lakers opened the quarter on an 8-0 run to tie the game at 29.
Prospect regrouped, however, and went on a run of their own, scoring 12 points in a row to pull out to a 41-29 lead and they never looked back.
Roberts got the run started with a bucket and then hit a pair of free throws. Mousseau converted a three-point play and Robertson hit a free throw. Mousseau and Roberts hit back-to-back buckets to close out the run and the Lakers hit a hoop to get back within 10.
However, Prospect scored the next six points, with Roberts getting a rebound and hoop and Mousseau and LaRoche each hitting buckets for a 47-31 lead. After a Laker three-point play, Matt Joy drilled a three-pointer for a 50-34 lead after three quarters of play.
All told, Prospect outscored the hosts 21-5 in the frame.
Roberts got the first hoop of the fourth quarter and after a Laker hoop, Mousseau drilled a three-pointer. Roberts hit three more hoops before coming out of the game and Mousseau hit another as well. LaRoche drained a pair of free throws and both Joy and Robertson had buckets in the final few minutes to round out the scoring.
"We were much better in the second half," Bourdeau said. "They came out and played the way they should. They did the little things that makes a coach happy."
Bourdeau noted that in the second half, he called out a few more plays, giving the team a bit more direction.
"I gave them a little direction and they responded," Bourdeau said.
The second-year coach was disappointed in his team's turnovers for the game, noting that against a stronger team there is no doubt that would come back to bite them.
"But, there's one under our belt," he said.
The Timber Wolves will be back in action on Friday, Dec. 14, at Campbell at 7 p.m. The team's first home game is Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 6 p.m. against Somersworth.
The Prospect JV boys knocked off Inter-Lakes in their season opener by a score of 54-47. Brian Borelli led the way for the Timber Wolves with 23 points, while Jake Towle chipped in with 10.
Joshua Spaulding can be reached at email@example.com or 569-3126