ZACH ROBERTSON looks for a way to the hoop during action at Gilford Dec. 20. Jeff Lajoie. (click for larger version)
December 26, 2011GILFORD — Good players step up when the team needs them the most.
On Tuesday, Dec. 20, in Gilford, the Prospect Timber Wolves needed Zack Drouin.
Trailing 20-8 after one quarter of play, the Timber Wolves turned to their senior guard to show them the way and Drouin responded in a big way.
Drouin scored 17 of his game-high 32 points in the second quarter, including four three-pointers in a row out of the gate, turning the 20-8 deficit into a 29-25 lead at halftime, propelling Prospect on to a 63-47 win at Gilford, moving the Timber Wolves to 4-0 on the season.
"We were wondering where the offense was going to come from, but he was outstanding," coach Tom Bourdeau said of Drouin.
The first quarter at Gilford was a rarity for the Timber Wolves, who held opponents to fewer than 10 points in the first half of the previous two games.
However, Gilford went for 20 and Bourdeau was scratching his head about his team was going to get back in the game.
The first step was to win the second quarter.
"I told them, I don't care if it's by one point, just go out and win this quarter," Bourdeau said. "They did and it kept snowballing and snowballing."
The Timber Wolf defense turned around after the tough first quarter, allowing Gilford just five points in the second and 11 in each of the final two quarters.
"That's the kind of defense we should be playing," Bourdeau said.
The Golden Eagles took the Timber Wolves by surprise a bit out of the gate, as they drained four three-pointers in the opening frame.
Prospect adjusted their defense and worked on settling the Golden Eagles down and then got the ball to Drouin on the other end of the court.
Drouin came through when it mattered in the second quarter and again in the fourth quarter, as he was six of six from the free throw line (eight of eight for the game) and kept the ball out of Gilford's hands.
"We basically put the ball in his hands and put him out at halfcourt and made them foul him," Bourdeau said.
Additionally, the Prospect big men did a good job on the boards as well, helping the defense and the offense with key grabs.
Austin Perrin had a solid game in the frontcourt, as he went for 11 points on the night. Jay Mousseau chipped in with eight points.
Bourdeau continued to praise the team defense, something he was preaching before the season even started. He noted that the defense allowed the offense to get back in the game.
"You can have the best offense, but if the shots aren't falling, it's not good," he said. "But with good defense, you're in every game."
The Timber Wolves improved to 4-0 on the season with the win, something Bourdeau didn't expect when the ball dropped on the season Dec. 9.
"I'm very happy," he said. "I'm still concerned with the offense. We can't depend on Zack every night, we have to get other people to score."
The Timber Wolves were in action in the holiday tournament in Gilford after deadline on Tuesday. The tournament championship game is tonight, Dec. 29, at 7:30 p.m.
The Timber Wolves are back in action on Tuesday, Jan. 3, when Somersworth visits for a 6:30 p.m. varsity start.
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