PROSPECT MOUNTAIN lost the services of Jay Mousseau, who suffered a broken wrist in action against Campbell last week. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
January 21, 2013ALTON — Sometimes big wins come with a big cost.
The Prospect Mountain boys' basketball team knows that feeling all too well right now.
The Timber Wolves picked up a huge win on their home court on Friday, Jan. 18, beating Campbell by a 62-57 score, but in the process, lost starting forward Jay Mousseau to a broken wrist.
"A big win and a big loss," said coach Tom Bourdeau, who noted that Mousseau's injury would keep him out at least for the rest of the regular season.
However, with their injured teammate coming off the floor in the first quarter, the Timber Wolves responded and did what any good team would do, picking up the pieces and getting the job done.
Campbell led just once on the night, that coming in the first quarter, when they took a 10-9 lead. The Timber Wolves responded with a 14-0 run to close out the first quarter and start the second quarter. Prospect led 15-10 after one quarter and 31-20 at the halftime break, thanks to that big run. Bourdeau pointed to that run as one of the key points in the game.
The other key point came in the third quarter, when Campbell was able to cut the lead to just 36-35.
"The kids didn't quit and finished out the third quarter on a 7-1 run to give us a little cushion going into the fourth," Bourdeau said.
Prospect led 43-36 heading to the final frame, and though the Cougars outscored the Timber Wolves 21-19 in the final eight minutes, it wasn't enough to overcome the deficit and Prospect walked off with the 62-57 win.
The Timber Wolves were huge on the boards, despite the early loss of Mousseau, as they outrebounded Campbell by a 48-19 advantage and also held the visitors to just 32 percent shooting on the night.
With Mousseau out, the other three Prospect bigs came up with double-digit nights and two came away with a double-double on the night.
Logan Roberts led the way with 20 points and pulled down 13 rebounds. Zach Robertson, who can expect to see an even bigger role now, picked up 10 points and also grabbed 11 rebounds. Austin Perrin netted 16 points, including three three-pointers and was one rebound short of a double-double, hauling in nine boards. Logan LaRoche also had a solid game, netting nine points on the night.
The Timber Wolves started the week with a trip to Farmington on Tuesday, Jan. 15. The Tigers were just coming off a win over Campbell, which was the first loss of the season for the Cougars.
The Timber Wolves and Tigers battled through a back-and-forth first quarter that saw Prospect take a 13-11 lead. The Timber Wolves then used a 13-9 advantage in the second quarter to take a 26-20 lead at the halftime break.
Prospect outscored the Tigers by five in the third quarter for a 49-38 lead after three and then put things away with a 26-12 advantage in the fourth quarter for the 75-50 win.
Of those 75 points, 68 came from the four bigs up front, though Bourdeau was quick to point out that Mousseau saw time at the two-guard spot during the contest.
The Timber Wolf coach noted Mousseau had a great game, recording a double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds.
Also key on the night was the play of Robertson, who led the Timber Wolves with 21 points, including four three-pointers.
"He's been playing great coming off the bench," Bourdeau said of Robertson.
Roberts also added 16 points and Perrin chipped in with 14 on the night.
The Timber Wolves will be in action on Friday, Jan. 25, at Raymond at 6:30 p.m. and will be at Belmont for a 6 p.m. game on Tuesday, Jan. 29.
Joshua Spaulding can be reached at email@example.com or 569-3126