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Gilford hands T-Wolves their first loss

JAY MOUSSEAU goes up for a pair of his eight points in action against Gilford on Tuesday, Dec. 21. Kathy Sutherland. (click for larger version)
December 27, 2010
ALTON — Three wins does not a season make.

However, one loss also does not a season make.

The Prospect Mountain boys' hoop team, after jumping out to a 3-0 start to the season, dropped a 62-56 decision to Gilford on Tuesday, Dec. 21.

"We didn't win a championship at 3-0 and we're not out of the tournament at 3-1," coach Rob Carpenter said after his team's first defeat.

From the first whistle, Tuesday night's contest was a physical battle and the Timber Wolves couldn't quite keep up with the Golden Eagles from the beginning.

Austin Perrin hit a pair of free throws to tie the game at two, but that was as close as Prospect would be to the lead all night. Gilford then ran off seven points in a row to take a 9-2 lead before Zack Drouin drained a long three-pointer to cut the lead to five.

Gilford responded with a pair of three-pointer to push the lead to 15-5, but Drouin hit another from long distance with just 15 seconds on the clock, pulling the Timber Wolves within seven, 15-8, at the end of eight minutes of basketball.

Gilford scored the first three points of the second quarter before Drouin hit a free throw for the Timber Wolves. After another Gilford hoop, Adam Navarro delivered a pair from the charity stripe and Logan LaRoche did the same, cutting the lead to 20-13.

Gilford then hit three hoops in a row to stretch the lead to 26-13 before Drouin drove to the hoop for the Timber Wolves for the team's first field goal of the quarter with just 3:15 left in the half.

After another Gilford bucket, Jay Mousseau hit for the Timber Wolves to make it 28-17. However, Gilford hit a pair from the line and a field goal to push the lead to 32-17.

Prospect responded with a rebound and hoop from Mousseau, a three-pointer from Pat Cassidy and another Mousseau hoop off a great feed from Ethan Henderson, cutting the lead to 34-24 at the halftime break.

Gilford scored first out of the locker rooms, but Navarro answered with a rebound and hoop to keep it a 10-point game. However, a field goal and free throw from the visitors stretched the lead to 13. Navarro hit another free throw and Drouin answered with a bucket to again cut the lead to 10, but Gilford drained two more hoops for a 43-29 lead.

Drouin sunk two from the free throw line with 15 seconds to go, making it 31-43, but the visitors hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to take a 46-31 lead after three quarters.

A Golden Eagle free throw started the scoring in the fourth quarter, but Drouin answered with a three-pointer from Prospect. Not to be outdone, the visitors hit a three-pointer as well, making it 50-34.

Cassidy and Drouin (off an Anthony Frangione steal) hit back-to-back buckets to cut the lead to 12, but Gilford answered with four points in a row. Drouin hit a free throw, Mousseau hit two from the line and Henderson finished off a Frangione steal with a bucket to cut the lead to 54-43 with just 3:10 to play.

Gilford followed that up by hitting three from the free throw line and a field goal to push the lead to 59-43, but a long three-pointer from Drouin with 1:33 on the clock made it a 13-point game at 59-46. After a Gilford free throw, Frangione drilled a three-pointer to make it an 11-point game.

However, the Golden Eagles hit two from the line to push the lead back to 13. Drouin answered with two free throws and Frangione drilled another three-pointer to cut the lead to 62-54 and Drouin hit a shot at the buzzer to account for the final points.

"It as a pretty physical game, they let a lot of things go on both ends," Carpenter said. The Golden Eagles shot 32 free throws on the night.

"Gilford made their shots and we didn't finish," Carpenter continued. "We had a lot of opportunities around the rim that didn't go in."

The Timber Wolf coach noted that his team couldn't get any momentum going, which came from the fact that the boys were unable to make stops on the defensive side of the ball.

"When you're trying to get momentum turned back around in your direction, you have to get defensive stops," he said. "We didn't get any stops on defense."

Carpenter noted that his team is still a young squad that is a work in progress and he is hopeful that the upcoming holiday tournament will help them get a few little things worked out.

"Hopefully the Christmas tournament will help us get things worked out," he said. "Some little things we have to get better at."

For the game, Drouin led the way with 26 points, while Mousseau chipped in with eight.

The Timber Wolves will be back in regular season action on Tuesday, Jan. 4, when they head to Somersworth for a 6:30 p.m. contest.

Martin Lord Osman
Varney Smith
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