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Cougars hand Prospect boys their first loss

by Joshua Spaulding
Sports Editor - Granite State News, Carroll County Independent, Meredith News, Gilford Steamer, Winnisquam Echo, Plymouth Record-Enterprise and Baysider

LOGAN ROBERTS puts up a shot in the face of Belmont pressure in action on Jan. 18. Jeff Lajoie. (click for larger version)
January 23, 2012
ALTON — Heading into Friday's contest with Campbell, the Prospect Mountain hoop boys had not had any trouble putting points on the board, scoring more than 50 in all but one of the first nine games of the season. The Timber Wolves had netted 60 or more in six of the first nine and the previous six games.

With those points and a solid defensive look, the Timber Wolves were off to a 9-0 start to the season.

On Friday night, the defense didn't take a break, holding Campbell to just 49 points, but the offense was ice cold, putting in just 33 points and the Timber Wolves were handed their first loss, 49-33.

"Defensively, we played great, giving a good Campbell team only 31 points through three quarters," noted coach Tom Bourdeau. "Offensively it was our worst game of the year."

The first-year coach noted that the Timber Wolves did not even try to move the ball inside and shot a horrific 19.6 percent from the floor.

On average, the Timber Wolves put up 10 three-pointers a game but against Campbell, they fired up 25 and made only five. That, combined with five of 26 shooting from inside the arc made the Timber Wolves 10 for 51 from the floor.

"By far our poorest effort," Bourdeau said.

The first quarter featured a lot of back and forth, as both teams held the lead for periods. However, Prospect got two three-pointers from Austin Perrin and one from Pat Cassidy to come away from the quarter tied at 11.

The Timber Wolves then went cold in the second, as they scored just four points and gave up 13 to give Campbell a 24-15 lead at the break.

"The second quarter turned out to be the difference," Bourdeau pointed out. He noted that the Timber Wolves were in the free throw bonus with 5:30 to go in the half and only went to the line twice, squandering a good chance to put points on the board.

Trailing by nine at the break, Bourdeau knew his team had to win the third quarter to stay alive and the Timber Wolves did just that, but managed to only cut into the lead by one point, as Campbell led 31-23 after three.

Prospect was able to cut the lead to five points in the final frame, but had to start fouling and the Cougars hit their shots to emerge with the 18-10 advantage in the final quarter for the 49-33 win.

Zack Drouin led the way for Prospect with 14 points, while Cassidy had eight points.

The story was a bit different for the Timber Wolves on Wednesday, Jan. 18, as the boys roared out to an early lead and never looked back, besting Belmont by a 63-41 score.

The Prospect boys came out on a tear, opening the game on a 13-0 run and took a 19-4 lead to the first break. Drouin almost tripled Belmont's total production, as he had 11 points in the frame.

Drouin continued to outscore the Red Raiders in the second, as he put in eight points in the quarter to give him 19 for the game and the Timber Wolves led 30-11 at the halftime break.

The strong Prospect defense continued to shine, as Belmont had just five hoops in the first 16 minutes of the contest.

While Drouin continued to score in the third quarter, the scoring balanced out a bit, as Logan Roberts and Drouin each had six and Jay Mousseau had five in the frame to push the Timber Wolf lead to 51-27 after three.

The Red Raiders didn't back down and won the fourth quarter by a 14-12 score, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Timber Wolves' hot start.

For the game, Prospect shot 49 percent from the floor.

Drouin finished with 27 points on the night, while Roberts had 12 points and Mousseau chipped in with 10. Perrin added eight.

The Timber Wolves will welcome Gilford to town on Friday, Jan. 27, for a 6:30 p.m. game and will then head to Farmington for a 7 p.m. contest with the Tigers on Tuesday, Jan. 31.

Joshua Spaulding can be reached at sportsgsn@salmonpress.com or 569-3126

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