LEROY — Pine River stayed perfect on Tuesday night, Dec.17, at 3-0 as it beat Manton 77-47.

“We had a great start (Tuesday),” Pine River coach Brian Goodenow said. “Our defense ignited our offense, we shot a nice percentage from the field. Our biggest thing is balance; in all of our games this season we’ve had three or four kids in double figures. We’re tough to match up with.”

The Bucks were led by 18 points from Brandon Hoaglund, 17 from Skyler Nelson, 11 from Mitchell McDonald and 10 from Schroeder Vanderhoof.

“We played real well in contrast to our home opener with our cold shooting,” Goodenow said. “We came out at the gate and shot well and forced a lot of turnovers in that game. We’re going to hang our hat on our defense all season. That creates a huge majority of our offensive opportunities.” Pine River went up 19-6 at the end of the first quarter and never looked back.

“We were talking (Friday) at practice that in the course of the whole game, we only ran about four set plays,” Goodenow said. “Everything else was in transition. We want to try to get out and score as quick as we can.”

Pine River is off until Jan. 3 when the Bucks will host McBain at home. Goodenow said practices will resume this Friday. The Bucks have a home scrimmage on Dec. 31.

“We’ll try to keep that intensity,” Goodenow said. “It seems like a long grind to those first games, then you have the (holiday) layoff.”