LEROY — When Lincoln Erickson grabbed 20 rebounds last week in a win over Scottville-Mason County Central, he showed the determination that he plans on carrying with him through the end of the season.

Erickson gives the Bucks a strong force inside and after four rebounds against McBain at home in a loss, the Pine River center bounced back against MCC.

He grabbed 20 against MCC, a season high.

“My coach told me to rebound so I went out and rebounded,” Erickson said. “It’s how bad I want it. We played more as a team (against MCC) we made extra passes. That’s what this team is built off of, extra passes. We were more of ourselves tonight.”

McBain and Pine River went 1-1 during the regular season. They could see each other again in districts.

“We’re not going to dwell on it,” Erickson said. “We’ll just beat them at districts.”

The key in a rematch with McBain will be rebounding and defense, Erickson said.

Still, it’s been a good season for the Bucks.

“We’re pretty happy,” Erickson said. ”It’s extra passes and playing together as a team. We have a saying that when we’re all in, we usually win.”

Erickson said rebounding is just as rewarding as getting points. “It’s as good as scoring, in my opinion.”