Changing it up

Pine River bests Chippewa Hills, 67-41, in nonconference action

REMUS — The Pine River Bucks (15-1, 11-0 Highland) got the best of the Chippewa Hills Warriors (3-13, 3-11 CSAA) in a nonconference boys basketball contest on Monday night, 67-41. “I feel uplifted. We’ve struggled to shoot the ball lately and we kind of broke out of that (Monday) and we played Pine River basketball,” Pine River coach Brian Goodenow said. “We needed that with a big game coming up on Thursday (against Lake City), I was very happy with how we looked.” The Bucks got eight points in the opening stanza from Skyler Nelson to push out to a 20-12 advantage heading into the second quarter. The Warriors fought early, but couldn’t keep pace with Pine River. “We came out good, executed our offense, they went to a couple half-court traps and things got hairy,” Chippewa Hills coach Mark PeLong said. “We competed well in the first quarter, but things got hairy and we backed off...When people got up in our face we backed up instead of put our heads down and attack.” The Bucks extended their possessions with second and third-chance opportunities to start the second as Michael Todd got things going for the Warrior offense, trading baskets with the Bucks and cutting the deficit to eight points on a layup. Pine River pulled away with fast break buckets and went into halftime with a 38-20 lead. “On offense it’s all about moving the ball,” Goodenow said. “For us it’s pass, pass, pass to an open shot. That’s our key.” The Warriors outscored the Bucks 17-14 in the third, but Pine River continued to get easy looks on offense to keep the advantage. Toddscored five unanswered points, but the lead was still 52-37 in favor of the Bucks heading into the fourth. The Warriors got baskets from Tyler Williams and Levi Metcalf down the stretch but the Bucks countered with easy looks in transition. Treys from Nelson and Matthew Stone sealed the deal for Pine River in non-conference action at 67-41. Nelson led the Bucks with 26 points with five triples while McDonald contributed 16 in three quarters. The Warriors were led by Todd’s 15 points in the non-conference setback. The Warriors return to action tonight as they host Hesperia and the Bucks have a conference battle with Lake City on Thursday night. PINE RIVER 67, CHIPPEWA HILLS 41 PR 20 18 14 15 - 67 CH 12 08 17 04 - 41 PINE RIVER (14-1, 11-0 Highland) Greg Park 1 2, Brandon Hoaglund 1(1) 1-2 6, Skyler Nelson 5(5) 1-1 26, Lukas Sizemore 0(1) 2-2 5, Mitchell McDonald 7 2-2 16, Lucas Harris 3 1-2 7, Schroeder Vanderhoof 1 1-2 3, Dylan Sieting 1 2 CHIPPEWA HILLS (3-12, 3-11 CSAA) Levi Metcalf 3 6, Austin Issette 2 5-7 9, Hunter Conley 1 2, Nolan Denslow 0(1) 3, Luke Recker 1 2, Tyler Williams 3 6, Michael Todd 3(3) 15, Grant Brinker 1 2