PAT CASSIDY drives to the hoop during action Jan. 10 against Bow. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
January 16, 2012ALTON — The three previous regular season games for the Prospect Mountain Timber Wolf basketball boys were victories against teams that had beaten them last year.
On Tuesday, Jan. 10, the boys looked to make it an even four-for-four when Bow came to town.
The Falcons beat the Timber Wolves in January of last year and also squeaked by them in the playoffs last season.
This time around, Prospect was on the winning side, as the Timber Wolves survived a shaky first half to walk off with a 67-47 win.
"We looked terrible tonight," coach Tom Bourdeau said. "But you look at the bottom line, 67 is our second highest point total of the year, so somehow we did it."
Prospect won three of the four quarters and Bourdeau knows that that is the way to play the game, whether up by 10 or down by 10.
The first quarter saw the lead change hands a few times, as the Falcons battled to stay in the game from the start.
Logan Roberts got Prospect on the board first, but a three-pointer put the Falcons on top. A hoop from Jay Mousseau and a three-point play from Zack Drouin put Prospect up by a 7-3 score. Bow fought back to cut the lead to one, but another Drouin hoop gave Prospect a 9-6 lead.
Once again, Bow came back, hitting two hoops in a row to take a 10-9 lead midway through the quarter.
Austin Perrin finished off a nice feed from Pat Cassidy and Roberts hit another hoop to push Prospect ahead by a 13-10 score, but Bow came back with two hoops to again take a one-point lead with just two minutes to play in the quarter.
However, Prospect finished up the frame on a 7-0 run to take a 20-14 lead after a quarter. Mousseau and Drouin had hoops and Cassidy had a three-pointer in the closing run.
Neither team scored for the first three minutes of the second quarter before Drouin got Prospect on the board. After a Bow three-pointer, Roberts hit a free throw and the lead stood at 23-17. Bow hit another hoop but Roberts answered right back. After the Falcons hit a bucket, Drouin sank a shot from the charity stripe to make it 26-21.
Bow continued to hang around, drilling a three-pointer to cut the lead to two, but a Perrin bucket and a Cassidy steal and hoop upped the lead to 30-24. Bow got a free throw at the end of the quarter to cut the lead to 30-25 midway through the game.
Prospect came out a bit more energized in the second half and slowly began to put the game away.
Cassidy opened the frame with a three-pointer and after a Bow bucket, Roberts converted a three-point play. Bow came back with two hoops in a row, but Prospect scored the next seven points to run out to a 43-31 lead. Drouin got the run started off a nice feed from Ethan Henderson. Drouin hit another hoop, Cassidy hit a free throw and Roberts put back a rebound to complete the run.
The Falcons got a hoop to cut the lead to 10, but Mousseau hit a bucket for Prospect to answer. After another Bow basket, Drouin sunk three free throws in the closing minute of the quarter to give Prospect a 48-35 lead after three quarters.
Cassidy again got the scoring started in the fourth with a bucket, which Bow promptly answered. After free throws from Perrin and Roberts, Bow hit one from the line, but Drouin answered with a three-pointer. Bow got a three-point play to cut the lead to 55-41, but Roberts hit a hoop to push the lead back to 16.
The Falcons hit two buckets in a row before Cassidy and Drouin each drained a pair from the line. Bow got one more hoop, but Drouin, Mousseau and Henderson hit buckets down the stretch to close out the win.
"We had zero intensity in the first half," said Bourdeau. "They were walking and we weren't doing anything right."
Bourdeau said he told the team before the game that this was a game the Timber Wolves were supposed to win, with a rebuilding Bow squad in town and he thought that might have led the team to take it easy out of the gate.
"That showed in the first half," he said. "If we played like that against someone better, that's our first loss."
That being said, Bourdeau noted the boys picked it up in the second half and played a better game.
"We've still got a ways to go," the first-year coach noted. "It's up to the kids, how bad do they want it?"
Drouin finished with 24 to lead the Timber Wolves, while Roberts had 15 and Cassidy added 13.
The Timber Wolves traveled to Bristol on Friday, Jan. 13, and met with no bad luck against Newfound.
Prospect scored a 60-46 win to improve to 8-0 on the regular season, matching the total number of wins the team accumulated last year.
Newfound jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead and those two early hoops proved to be advantageous, as the Bears led 13-9 after one quarter of play.
However, the Timber Wolves came out on fire in the second quarter and went on a 19-2 run to up the lead to 28-15. Newfound closed the gap in the final few minutes of the quarter, hitting three three-pointers and a shot at the buzzer to make it 32-26 at the half.
The Timber Wolves started hot again in the third, as they opened with an 11-1 run, pushing the lead to 43-27 and led 47-33 after three quarters of play.
Newfound scored 13 points in the fourth quarter, the third frame that they had scored 13 in on Friday the 13th, but Prospect answered with 13 as well and walked off with the win.
Drouin had 21 points, including 10 in the second quarter, while Cassidy and Mousseau each chipped in with 13.
Prospect will be in action on Friday, Jan. 20, against Campbell and on Tuesday, Jan. 24, against Inter-Lakes, with both games slated for 6:30 p.m. starts.
The Prospect JV boys beat Bow by a 41-27 score. Justin Mitza led the way with 14 points and Brian Borelli put in 11.
Joshua Spaulding can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 569-3126