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Boys knock off Gilford for first win

December 28, 2009
GILFORD — The Class M basketball season will be almost a month old before the Prospect Mountain boys play their first home game, but after a decent effort on Tuesday, Dec. 22, the Timber Wolves won't have to wait that long for their first win.

The Prospect boys traveled to Gilford for the final regular season game of 2009 and walked out with a 69-60 win behind solid efforts from Zack Drouin and Brian Jones.

"We got the first one out of the way," said coach Rob Carpenter. "It wasn't easy, but the kids played with heart and played like we'd find a way to win the game and they did."

He noted that there were certainly plenty of mistakes and things to work on, but the kids had the will and the want, which allowed them to come out on the top end of the scoreboard for the first time this season.

"Part of the learning curve is figuring out how to win games," Carpenter said of what his relatively inexperienced team is facing. "You have to show up every night and if you're not ready to work and hard and prepared to do it, you're not going to come out with a win.

"It's certainly a different atmosphere in a varsity game than in a JV game," he continued. "But we've got three (games) under our belts, so hopefully we can start getting through the growing pains and execute a bit better."

The Golden Eagles appeared to have the edge in the first half, as the hosts rallied from a seven-point deficit to take a 31-26 with less than a minute left in the first half.

However, Patrick Cassidy drained a three-pointer with 15 seconds left in the half to cut the lead to just two points at 31-29 heading to the break.

"Things like that show up," Carpenter said of the key hoop. "That was a big shot for him."

The Timber Wolves outscored the Golden Eagles 21-17 in the third quarter and led by just two points heading to the fourth quarter.

Midway through the fourth quarter, Carpenter's pep talk with Jones, one of the team's leaders, paid dividends.

The Timber Wolf forward netted eight points in a row, including a pair of three-pointers, and put the Timber Wolves ahead to stay.

"I challenged him before the game to step up and be a leader," Carpenter said. "And he put us ahead to stay and made some big shots."

Drouin was the leading scorer for the Timber Wolves, as he walked off the court with 23 points, 12 in the third quarter.

"He certainly stepped up and took control at times, which is what we really need from him," Carpenter said. "He was able to carry us through some points."

Jones netted 16 points on the night and fellow senior LA Thomas chipped in with 13, giving the Timber Wolves a relatively balanced scoring sheet.

"It's good to spread it around and not have to rely on one guy to carry us through," the Prospect coach noted.

And heading to the break at 1-2 is certainly better than going in 0-3.

"I certainly didn't want to be 0-3 going into Christmas," Carpenter said. "If we keep the intensity and desire up, we have some games we can win."

The Timber Wolves were in action in the Gilford Holiday Tournament after deadline on Monday and Tuesday. The boys will return to action with a Tuesday, Jan. 5, game against Raymond at 6:30 p.m., the first home game of the season for Prospect. The boys will also be at home on Thursday, Jan. 7, when Farmington visits for a 6:30 p.m. game.

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