Prospect boys look to pick up the pace
Timber Wolves have a different game plan for the new season
|ZACK DROUIN was the leading scorer for Prospect Mountain last year and returns for his junior season. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)|
December 06, 2010ALTON — As the Prospect Mountain boys' hoop team progressed through the preseason, coach Rob Carpenter found himself running a rotation that was nine or 10 kids deep.
"We were seeing if we have the depth to wear some teams down," the Timber Wolf mentor said. "We definitely have a bunch of different ways we can look."
Carpenter and the Timber Wolves will be looking to transform that versatility into some wins. With a little more size than last year and some solid, experienced guards, the Prospect coach expects his game to be a little bit different this year.
Last year, the Timber Wolves tried to keep the pace of the game down to keep teams from running away from them. However, this year, Carpenter expects his team to do a lot of running up and down the court.
"We want to try and run and get baskets without having to get into a set offense," Carpenter said. "We want to try and push the ball and quicken the pace."
To do that, Carpenter is going to be relying on a solid nucleus of returning players who should be able to make things move quickly on the court.
Zack Drouin returns as the leading scorer from last year's team. Carpenter is expecting much the same from him this season.
"We're expecting him to score and move our tempo," the Timber Wolf coach said. "He's also a big defender and he can jump and help us rebound as well."
Senior Anthony Frangione will return to the point guard position and will be the one charged with getting the ball up the floor and keeping the tempo going. However, Carpenter also noted that he expects Frangione to be shooting a little more this season
Junior Pat Cassidy is probably one of the fastest kids in the Timber Wolves' division and will likely benefit from the fast-paced game the Timber Wolves are playing. Additionally, Carpenter expects Cassidy, who is a terrific one-on-one defender, to be in charge of guarding the opponent's best player.
Sophomore Austin Perrin started every game as a freshman last season and gained a lot of experience. Carpenter notes the team will be looking for him to be key in the rebounding department.
Senior Ben Couch brings a sharp shot off the bench and Carpenter also envisions a bigger role for him in helping to move the ball up the court quickly when he's in the game.
Adam Navarro, while not one of the team's big men, is one of the best rebounders on the team and Carpenter notes he has seen significant time in the preseason and has played well.
Senior Spencer Goossens also returns to provide depth off the bench.
The Timber Wolves will also have some new blood on this year's squad, including a couple of players who Carpenter notes will make the team more of a threat underneath.
Sophomore center Logan Roberts is about 6'3" and sophomore forward Jay Mousseau is about 6'0", giving the Timber Wolves something they didn't have at all last year, depth in the front court. Perrin was pretty much the lone big man on last year's team.
"They give us some depth with some size on the floor," Carpenter said. "They should help hold inside pressure for us."
Sophomore guards Ethan Henderson and Jake Troy will see time helping to push the ball up the court, while freshman Logan LaRoche will provide backup for Frangione at point guard in his first season at the varsity level.
The Timber Wolves have had a busy preseason, with a total of seven games under their belt by the time the regular season opens and Carpenter hopes the busy preseason will help the team cut down on its mistakes once the games start to count.
"The biggest thing with these kids is how quickly we're going to start to minimize our mistakes," he said. "We can be a dangerous team when we pull it together."
The Timber Wolves will certainly have a tough road in front of them if they hope to return to the playoffs, as they will do battle with some of the top teams in Division III.
The Prospect boys will begin the season with a home game against White Mountains Regional on Friday, Dec. 10, at 6:30 p.m. On Tuesday, Dec. 14, the boys will head to Winnisquam for a 6:30 p.m. contest with the Bears. The team will also play Farmington and Gilford prior to the holiday break.