T-Wolves tame Tigers, rip Rams
|ZACK DROUIN drives hard to the hoop against Farmington on Thursday, Feb. 3. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)|
February 07, 2011ALTON — The Prospect Mountain boys' basketball team put together its best effort of the season and in the process took a 67-61 over a strong Raymond team on Friday, Feb. 4.
"They're a top five team for sure," Prospect coach Rob Carpenter said. "We had to play a really complete game to stay with them."
Prospect did come out a little slow, as the Rams took a 15-14 lead after one quarter of play.
However, Prospect outscored the hosts 36-14 over the next two quarters, taking a 32-22 lead at halftime and a 50-29 lead after three quarters.
"We were doing a good job rebounding the ball and didn't give them any second looks," Carpenter said of the middle two quarters. "We were in control basically from the second quarter on."
The Timber Wolves were up 23 with 3:40 to play when both coaches emptied their benches and the Rams cut the lead all the way to six to close out the contest.
"We've been talking all season about being more patient," Carpenter said. "The more shots we can get the more we can wear them down."
He noted that the Timber Wolves were able to extend their offensive possessions, which wore down the Raymond defense.
Zack Drouin had 25 points to lead the Timber Wolves, while Pat Cassidy had 15 and Ben Couch chipped in eight off the bench.
Carpenter also had strong praise for Anthony Frangione.
"Anthony controlled the game," Carpenter said. "He got us settled into our offense and when things got out of hand he got us back into running what we needed to run.
"He didn't show up on the scoreboard, but he did a good job of orchestrating us and it showed in how much we were able to score," the Timber Wolf coach continued.
After a two-day delay because of snow, the Timber Wolves welcomed former Prospect JV coach Tom Bourdeau and his new squad, the Farmington Tigers to town on Thursday, Feb. 3.
The Timber Wolves had no problem handling Bourdeau's troops, getting off to a 9-1 lead on the way to a 59-29 win.
A free throw from Cassidy, hoops from Adam Navarro and Frangione and two hoops from Drouin led the Timber Wolves to a 9-1 lead to open the game.
After a Farmington hoop, Jay Mousseau hit a shot to make it 11-3. Farmington got a three-pointer, but Couch and Drouin finished up the quarter with back-to-back buckets for a 15-6 lead after one quarter.
Couch hit the first shot of the second quarter, Logan LaRoche followed with a free throw and Couch drilled a three-pointer to make it 21-6 early in the second.
After Farmington's first hoop of the quarer, Cassidy hit two hoops, Mousseau hit one and Drouin drained another for a 29-8 lead. The Tigers got a three-pointer but Logan Roberts put in a hoop for a 31-11 lead. Farmington got a free throw to close out the half, making it 31-12 in favor of the host Timber Wolves.
Austin Perrin and Drouin hit back-to-back hoops to open the second half before Farmington drilled a three-pointer. Drouin hit another bucket that Farmington answered, but then the Timber Wolves went on a 10-0 run.
Perrin started the run with a rebound and hoop and Mousseau followed with a hoop. Spencer Goossens drilled a bucket, Mousseau hit another hoop and LaRoche drilled a hoop for a 47-17 lead. Farmington ended the drought with a three-pointer, but Mousseau finished the quarter with a hoop for a 49-20 lead with eight minutes to play.
Farmington opened the fourth quarter with a three-pointer, but Perrin hit a hoop and Ethan Henderson drilled three hoops in a row to stretch the lead to 57-23. Farmington got a hoop and a foul shot and Mousseau hit a hoop before the Tigers hit the game's final hoop to make it 59-29.
"We knew if we came out and put pressure on early and got turnovers, we could get a good jump on them," Carpenter said. "In the second half we showed more patience and got layups and open jump shots.
"Our offense ran a lot smoother in the second half," the Timber Wolf coach added. "When you're in a game like this, it's hard to keep momentum up."
Carpenter knew that his squad, with Frangione and Cassidy, had the advantage at the guard position and knew they could force turnovers with solid defensive pressure.
"We wanted to make getting the ball up the floor difficult," he said.
Drouin and Mousseau each netted 12 points for the Timber Wolves, while Couch had seven and Perrin and Henderson had six each. Every Timber Wolf got on the scoring sheet.
The Timber Wolves will play their final home game of the season on Tuesday, Feb. 15, at 6:30 p.m. when Campbell comes to town.