PAT CASSIDY goes to the hoop for two points during action against Farmington on Dec. 16. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
December 19, 2011ALTON — Coach Tom Bourdeau preaches defense and in two games last week, his Prospect Mountain boys' hoop team showed what good defense can do.
The Timber Wolves held both Winnisquam and Farmington to under 10 points in the first half of games last week and walked off the court with two more wins to move to 3-0 on the season.
"That's what we're going to have to live by," Bourdeau said of his team's defense against Farmington on Friday, Dec. 16. "We're going to be in every game if we play defense like we did tonight."
Prospect came charging out of the gate with the first 10 points of the game. Zack Drouin hit the first five, converting two free throws then finishing a three-point play. Jay Mousseau followed with a hoop off his own steal and Pat Cassidy finished off the 10-0 start with a three-pointer for a 10-0 lead before Farmington got on the board with a long range shot with two minutes to play in the quarter.
However, Prospect's Austin Perrin answered the three-pointer with one of his own and the Timber Wolves carried a 13-3 lead to the second quarter.
Mousseau scored the first points of the second and Ethan Henderson followed with a three-pointer to stretch the lead to 18-3. Farmington got on the board with a foul shot, but Logan Roberts hit from the line and Drouin hit a hoop and drained a free throw for a 22-4 lead.
Farmington came back with a three-pointer, which Drouin promptly answered with his own shot from downtown. Farmington managed a final free throw but still trailed 25-8 at the halftime break.
Mousseau scored the first bucket of the second half and after Farmington answered, Drouin finished off his own steal for a 29-10 lead. Cassidy then drained a bucket off another Drouin steal for a 31-10 lead. After a Farmington hoop, Cassidy sank a three-pointer to up the lead to 34-12.
Farmington scored the next four points, but Zach Robertson closed out the quarter with a bucket and the teams headed to the final quarter with Prospect in control, 36-16.
Drouin drained a hoop and Mousseau hit two from the line in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter. After a Farmington hoop, Mousseau hit another, but again, the Tigers answered. Cassidy then converted a three-point play. After another Farmington bucket, Matt Joy closed out Prospect's scoring with a hoop. The Tigers added the game's final basket.
While his team walked away with its third win, Bourdeau remains worried about his team's offense.
"I am still concerned about the offense," he said. "But we are going in the right direction, so I can't be disappointed."
He noted that he was sure Farmington was pumped up for the game, as he served as the Tigers' head coach last season and he was sure they wanted to beat him, but the intensity was matched on his side.
"I am sure they came up all pumped up wanting to beat me," he said. "Just about as much as I didn't want to lose."
Bourdeau said he came in wanting to hold Farmington big man Derek Jeffery to 20 to 25 points and the Timber Wolves kept him at 12 for the night.
For the day, Drouin finished with 15 points, while Cassidy added 11 and Mousseau chipped in with 10.
Prospect opened its home season in style with a 59-17 win over Winnisquam on Dec. 13. Prospect led 25-2 after one and 36-8 at the halftime break.
Drouin scored 12 points, including eight in the first quarter, while Cassidy also added 12 and Mousseau chipped in with 11.
Next up for the Timber Wolves is the Lakes Region Holiday Tournament in Gilford beginning Tuesday, Dec. 27. Prospect drew Moultonborough in the first round, with game time set for 5:30 p.m.
"That should be interesting," Bourdeau said of the matchup. "We get to play the Conants and Berlins, so we might as well play the top teams in Division IV too."
However, he was quick to point out nobody was looking that far ahead, as the boys were focused on Gilford, which happened after deadline Tuesday.
The tournament opens with the 5:30 p.m. game Dec. 27. If the Timber Wolves lose, they play Wednesday, Dec. 28, at 2 p.m. However, if they win the opener, they play Wednesday, Dec. 28, at 8:30 p.m. and the finals are set for Thursday, Dec. 29, at 7:30 p.m.
The next regular season game for the Timber Wolves is Tuesday, Jan. 3, at home against Somersworth.
The JV Timber Wolves bested Farmington 43-32. Justin Mitza led the way with 11 points and Brian Borelli added nine.
Joshua Spaulding can be reached at email@example.com or 569-3126