Earlier in the year when 6-foot-4 junior guard Bobby Frasco of Prospect would miss a shot, he seemed to get down on himself.
"The difference between then and now is attitude," said Frasco. "Now if I miss a shot, I just let it go."
Friday night at the Jean Walker Fieldhouse in Mt. Prospect, Frasco didn't have much to hang his head about. He scored 19 points, including five 3s, in the Knights' 53-36 Mid-Suburban East victory over Rolling Meadows.
The win gives Prospect an overall record of 8-2 and a spotless 4-0 in the Mid-Suburban East. The Mustangs fell to 3-8 and 1-3.
Rolling Meadows was in command after the first quarter 10-6 as the Mustangs' zone defense prevented the Knights from scoring in the lane.
"Credit Meadows for taking away the inside," said Prospect coach John Carmadella. "We needed to drive and then kick the ball out to Bobby."
Two free throws by Mike Houghton with 5:24 left in the first half gave the Knights the lead for good at 12-10.
Frasco went to work, connecting on two 3-pointers sandwiched around a basket by the Mustangs' Andy Pletch.
Devin O'Hara (14 points) received a friendly-bounce basket off the rim followed by 2 free throws by Frasco after the first of his 3 steals. Kevin Kapka hit a 3-pointer for a 25-12 score.
Two free throws by the Mustangs' Jack Milas (7 points) broke up the run before Frasco hit for another 3 and a 28-14 Knights lead with 1:15 left in the first half.
"Everyone contributed in a lot of different ways," said Frasco. "To keep winning we have to keep up our defense. Different guys have been stepping up in each game."
"He can be a dynamic player," said Camardella of Frasco. "He's long and has a high release. Bobby has a good instinct for the game. He's a more balanced player."
The Mustangs pulled to within 34-26 with 2:49 left in the third quarter but could not get any closer.
Leading 42-33 with six minutes left the Knights went on a 11-0 run the put the game away.
"I was disappointed in the second quarter," said Mustangs coach Kevin Katovich. "The game got away from us and we lost our composure. I take the blame for that. We're still young but we will improve."