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Timber Wolves toppled by 'Toppers


by Joshua Spaulding
Sports Editor - Granite State News, Carroll County Independent, Meredith News, Gilford Steamer, Winnisquam Echo, Plymouth Record-Enterprise and Baysider

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COACH TOM BOURDEAU charges up his troops in early season action. The Timber Wolves open holiday tourney action today in Gilford. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
December 20, 2012
ALTON — For the second time in as many games, the Prospect Mountain boys' basketball team did battle with a projected top-four team.

And for the second time in as many games, the Timber Wolves came out on the short end of the stick, dropping a 59-55 decision to Somersworth on Tuesday, Dec. 18.

In their first game on their home court this season, the Timber Wolves came out fairly strong and took a 19-14 lead after one quarter of play.

Logan LaRoche and Ethan Henderson each drained shots from behind the arc in the quarter, while the frontcourt duo of Logan Roberts (six) and Austin Perrin (four) combined for 10 points.

The second quarter proved to be a problem again for the Timber Wolves, much as it was in the previous game at Campbell. The offense managed just eight points in the entire quarter and Somersworth came back with 12 points, cutting Prospect's lead to just one, 27-26, at the halftime break.

The third quarter also belonged to the visitors, as the Hilltoppers outpaced the Timber Wolves by a 19-11 score and took a 45-38 lead to the final quarter.

The Timber Wolves came battling back in the fourth quarter, with Perrin doing some serious damage, putting in eight points in the frame. Prospect managed to cut the Somersworth lead to just three points and had several chances to tie the game, but the shots didn't fall. The Timber Wolves did best the 'Toppers in the fourth quarter by a 17-14 tally, but it wasn't enough to overcome the lead and the visitors walked off the court with a 59-55 win, dropping Prospect below the .500 mark for the first time since the end of the 2010-2011 season, when they stood at 9-10 following a playoff loss in Bow.

While the Timber Wolves can take a bit of comfort in the fact that both of their losses on the young season are to undefeated teams who were projected in the preseason to be in the Division III Final Four, it doesn't mean there's not work to do.

"We need to clean up our fouling," coach Tom Bourdeau said, pointing out that the 'Toppers had a 23-13 edge from the free throw line. "This being a one-possession game, we can't give up more free throws than we take."

For the night, Perrin finished with 17 points, while Henderson drained all three of his three-point shots on the night and finished with 15 points. Roberts chipped in with 10 points, while Jay Mousseau finished with eight and LaRoche added five.

The Timber Wolves played after (early) deadline on Friday, Dec. 21, against Belmont.

The team will be taking part in the Lakes Region Holiday Hoop Tournament, which gets under way today, Dec. 27, in Gilford.

The Timber Wolves will play Newfound in the first round at 2 p.m. today. Should Prospect win, they play again on Friday, Dec. 28, at 5:30 p.m. Should they lose the opening round game, they play on Friday, Dec. 28, at 11 a.m. The tournament finals are set for Saturday, Dec. 29, at 7:30 p.m.

Joshua Spaulding can be reached at sportsgsn@salmonpress.com or 569-3126

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