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Falcons fight past Timber Wolves

Prospect boys fall in playoff opener

COACH ROB CARPENTER gives some instructions to his players during a second half timeout last Tuesday at Bow. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
March 07, 2011
BOW — Trailing 18-5 after one quarter of play, it didn't look like the Prospect Mountain boys' basketball team had much of a chance of winning its first round playoff game at Bow on Tuesday, March 1.

However, the Timber Wolves turned on the jets in the third and fourth quarters and cut the Falcon lead to just five points with six minutes to play, waking the large contingent of fans that had made the trek from the Lakes Region.

In the end, the Falcons proved to be a bit too much, however, as they pulled away in the final three minutes and walked off the court with a 54-41 win over coach Rob Carpenter's Timber Wolves.

"They definitely came out with good intensity," said Carpenter of the Bow boys. "We matched that intensity, but we didn't match their execution."

The Timber Wolf coach noted that part of his team's game plan was to attack the hoop and hopefully get to the line.

However, the referees were letting the players play early and neither team was going to the line.

The Timber Wolves were without starting point guard Anthony Frangione, who started the game, but exited just seconds in. He was battling illness and was unable to make a go of it.

In his stead, freshman Logan LaRoche had a strong first quarter, scoring all of the team's points in the frame.

Bow jumped out to a 6-0 lead before LaRoche drilled a three-pointer to get the Timber Wolves on the board and cut the lead in half.

Bow came right back with two free throws and a three-pointer to push the lead to 11-3 before LaRoche hit another hoop, cutting the Bow advantage to 11-6. The Falcons then drilled a three-pointer and hit a layup at the buzzer to take an 18-5 lead after one quarter of play.

"Logan did a good job, he gave us a spark," Carpenter said. "But the big guys were rushing their shots early. As the game wore on, we were a little more steady with the ball."

The Prospect boys scored the first six points of the second quarter, as Jay Mousseau got a rebound and hoop and Ben Couch finished off a great pass from Zack Drouin. Austin Perrin put in his first hoop of the game and the Eagles were within seven at 18-11.

Bow netted a free throw almost halfway through the quarter to get back on the board and then stretched the lead to 10 with a field goal.

Logan Roberts drilled a bucket to bring Prospect back within eight, but the hosts hit a three-pointer and a field goal to push the lead to 26-13.

Drouin finished off the half with a steal and a hoop to make it 26-15 after 16 minutes of play.

The Falcons didn't relent in the opening minutes of the third quarter, as the hosts netted the first seven points of the frame and pushed the lead to 33-15.

Prospect didn't score until three minutes into the quarter when Roberts got a rebound and put it back in the net, but the Timber Wolves also held Bow scoreless over the next four minutes.

Perrin converted a three-point play and Drouin hit back-to-back buckets and then sunk two free throws, cutting Bow's lead to 33-26 with 1:05 to go.

The Falcons got a pair from the line and a field goal to go up by 11, but Adam Navarro drilled a three-pointer at the buzzer to bring Prospect to within eight at 37-29.

After Bow opened the fourth quarter by pushing the lead to 10, Ethan Henderson hit a hoop, Mousseau sunk a free throw and Henderson hit another bucket, making it 39-34 with 6:10 on the clock.

Bow hit a hoop and Roberts answered with a free throw. After another Falcon basket, Perrin hit for two, cutting the lead to 43-37. Bow answered with a bucket, but Prospect's Pat Cassidy kept his team within striking distance with a hoop, making it 45-39.

However, the Falcons scored the next nine points, including three from the free throw line to open up a 54-39 lead before Henderson hit the game's final hoop for Prospect.

"We started working hard on offense and it got us back in the game," Carpenter said. "But I think their overall height wore us out."

While Carpenter noted that he has had teams make the finals and the final four on a couple of occasions, he had nothing but praise for the work that this group put in over the last few months.

"I haven't had a team in a while that's given me as much effort as they have the last few months," he said. "And they saved their hardest working game for the final one."

Carpenter counted the season as a successful one, as the team finished 8-9 as the 12th seed in Division III and beat Winnisquam in the play-in game. With only four seniors leaving, he expects a number of the key pieces to be in place for next year as well.

"I think we have one of the better programs in the state, but we have ebbs and flows like everyone," Carpenter stated. "I think we've got some legit years ahead of us."

He was also pleased to see so many fans make the journey with the team, including a large number of Prospect students.

"I think we've started to build a decent following within the community," he said.

In the final game of the season, Drouin scored eight points, while Perrin added seven and Henderson netted six.

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