What an outstanding game it was at Campbell High School in Litchfield in the quarterfinals of the Division III boys basketball tournament. #6 seed Prospect Mountain lost twice during the regular season to #3 seed Campbell - they did not lost a third time. The Timberwolves led by as many as 12 and at halftime they were up 30-21. The Cougars then stormed back and tied it up at 38-38 heading to the 4th quarter, but fell short in the 4th quarter as Prospect Mt. won it in a thriller 51-47.
Zach Drouin had 15 of his game-high 17 points in the 1st half as Prospect Mt. was clearly the sharper team early on. They were moving the ball well and attacking the basket on offense, and Campbell was ice cold shooting. The one Campbell player who was scoring early was sophomore guard Jesiah Wade and he picked up his 2nd foul early in the 2nd quarter.
Senior forward John Houston led the comeback for the Cougars, as they went on an 8-0 run in the 3rd quarter and all 8 of those points were by Houston inside. They tied it up at 38-39 heading to the 4th, but Prospect Mt. went on a 9-2 run from there to take a 47-40 lead. Campbell was down 50-47 with 30 seconds left and had the ball. They had 3 good looks from the outside to tie it and 3 good shooters who took those shots (Wade, Max Gouveia and Jacob Morgan). But all 3 shots rimmed out.
Campbell really played some great defense in the 2nd half - diving into passing lanes and deflecting passes and forcing turnovers. Houston also dominated inside. Prospect Mt. had a tougher time dealing with the defensive pressure because senior guard Pat Cassidy was in foul trouble. It looked like had fouled out early in the 4th quarter but instead the foul was called on Ethan Henderson. Cassidy then hit a pair of BIG threes to add to the Timberwolves lead.
"I couldn't ask for 3 classier kids than Chuck Neild, John Houston and Kyle Mun" said Pat Roye, talking about his senior leaders. "All 3 of them are in the top 10 in their class academically and are prototypical student athletes."
Drouin was simply on fire in the 1st half, scoring the basketball at will. Logan Roberts also scored 8 points in the 1st half, while Roberts and teammates Jay Mousseau and Austin Perrin did a solid job on the boards all game.