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T-Wolves overcome flat start to beat Sachems

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

AUSTIN PERRIN puts up a shot during action against Laconia on Jan. 22. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
January 28, 2013
ALTON — Sometimes, a good team can have a bad stretch and still walk off the court with a win.

That is exactly what happened to the Prospect Mountain boys' basketball team on Tuesday, Jan. 22.

The Timber Wolves came out flat and weren't able to generate much offense in the first half, needing an Austin Perrin three-pointer at the buzzer to reach 24 points in the first half.

However, the Timber Wolves came out revitalized in the second period and put the Sachems away, walking off with a 63-46 win.

"We came out about as flat as you can come out," coach Tom Bourdeau stated. "We kicked them in the head a little at halftime and told them they were giving this team life."

Bourdeau was pleased his team reacted the way it did in the second half.

"A good team can do that, you don't have to have you're a game," the Timber Wolf coach said. "You can have your B game and get by for a while."

The game marked the first full game for the Timber Wolves without senior forward Jay Mousseau, w ho was injured the previous Friday night and will likely miss the rest of the regular season and possibly more.

Prospect wasted almost no time getting on the board, as Logan Roberts won the tip to Logan LaRoche, who found Ethan Henderson, who promptly buried a three-pointer.

However, the Sachems came back and scored the next five points to take the lead before a pair of hoops from Zach Robertson, two free throws and a hoop from LaRoche and a rebound and hoop from Roberts sent Prospect on a 10-0 run for a 13-5 lead.

However, the Sachems drilled a three-pointer at the buzzer ending the first quarter, cutting the lead to 13-8 after one.

The visitors then scored the first five points of the second quarter to cut the lead to one before Roberts took a nice feed from Austin Perrin to push the lead back to three. Roberts hit two more hoops, sandwiched around a Laconia basket and Perrin hit a hoop, stretching the lead to 21-14. After the Sachems cut the lead to just six with another hoop, Perrin drained his three-pointer at the buzzer to give the Timber Wolves the 24-16 lead at the break.

Prospect got a free throw from Henderson and hoops from Robertson and Roberts to open the second half on a 5-0 run. A Laconia three got the visitors back to within 10, but Robertson hit a free throw and Roberts put back a rebound for a 32-19 lead. After a Laconia free throw, Roberts hit back-to-back buckets for a 36-20 lead. The Sachems scored again and hit a free throw, but hoops from LaRoche and Aleix de Bofarull made it a 40-23 lead at the end of the third. Roberts brought the crowd to its feet with what would've been the third buzzer-beating three of the game, but the shot was waved off, as it left the Timber Wolf center's hands after the horn sounded.

Laconia tried to climb back into the game, scoring the first five points of the fourth quarter, but Roberts finished off a nice feed from Henderson to get the Timber Wolves on the board. From there, the two teams exchanged buckets for a few trips up and down the court, with LaRoche and Perrin hitting for the Timber Wolves. LaRoche also hit a pair from the line. Perrin drilled a three-pointer for a 51-36 lead and Roberts hit a hoop and drained a free throw for a 54-36 lead.

The Sachems hit two hoops in a row to cut the lead to 14 before Robertson hit for the Timber Wolves. Laconia then hit two more buckets to cut the lead to 12 before Perrin and Roberts hit back-to-back hoops and Perrin drilled a three-pointer, upping the lead to 63-44. The Sachems got the final hoop of the game to finish out the 63-46 final.

"We scored 39 points in the second half, that's the way it should've been going all day," Bourdeau said. "I know Laconia is 2-6, but four of their losses have been really close and I tried to convey that to the kids."

The Timber Wolves, meanwhile, continued to play very strong basketball. The win was the team's seventh regular season win in a row and 10th overall win in a row, factoring in the holiday tournament.

"But we're still staying under the radar a little," Bourdeau said. "I think Campbell proved we can play with anyone with whoever we've got."

He looked ahead to a pair of matchups with Berlin in the second half of the season as being telling. The two teams met in the Division III finals last season.

Roberts led the way for the Timber Wolves with 23 points on the night, while Perrin added 15 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter. LaRoche also reached double figures, chipping in 10 points.

Things didn't go so well for the Timber Wolves in Raymond on Friday, Jan. 25, as they dropped an 81-63 decision to the Rams.

Prospect struggled from the field, shooting just 24 percent.

"It was just one of those games where nothing went in," Bourdeau said. "Great job on the boards, many second chances, just no makes."

The Timber Wolves trailed 22-9 after one and 42-28 at halftime. Trailing by 20 after three quarters, Prospect tried to shoot from beyond the arc and made just one of 17 three-point attempts in the quarter.

"It's better to have a night like this now than in the playoffs," Bourdeau stated.

Despite the loss, the Timber Wolves set a number of records on the night. Roberts tied the school record for most field goal attempts in a game with 24, a record set by Jack LaFreniere in 2009. Roberts also set a new record for most two-point field goal attempts in a game with 23, breaking Ryan Hingston's record of 20 from 2009. Roberts also pulled down the most offensive rebounds in a game (12) and tied the record for most total rebounds in a game (21). Moose Bourdeau and Mike Jensen held the previous offensive rebound record at 11 and Jensen held the total rebound record.

As a team, the Timber Wolves set a new record for most field goal attempts with 91, breaking the record of 83 from 2007. They also set a record for most three-point attempts with 35, breaking the former record of 33 from 2007. Prospect obliterated the offensive rebound record, pulling down 30, with the former record being 22 in 2008. They also bested the total rebound record by one, getting 53.

Robertson led Prospect with 22 points, while Roberts added 17 and Perrin put in 11.

The Timber Wolves will have that first matchup with Berlin when they hit the road on Tuesday, Feb. 5, for a 6:30 p.m. contest in the state's northernmost city.

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

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