Evart, Pine River boys teams fall short in district play

LEROY — The season ended at 10-11 for Pine River’s boys basketball team last Wednesday in a 58-44 district semifinal loss to the host school at McBain in Class C district action.

Kyle Brock had 15 points for Pine River. But McBain netted 13 points apiece from Jared Larr, Logan Nemeth and Nathan Smith.

“We practiced a four-flat offense because they’re denying our wings so strong and our guards were having difficulty making their tough passes over their taller players,” said Pine River coach Scott Benson. “They went to a box-and-one and had a guy all over Austin (Marine). We tried to break him free and set picks and things like that.”

Brock had five 3-pointers. “That kept us in the game,” Benson said. “It boiled down to the second half, they shot 18 free throws, we shot two. The thing that probably hurt us the most is they took one shot and that was it. They did a good job on the boards.”

Pine River finished the season at 10-11 overall.

“We lost six games in the last seconds,” Benson said. “That happens. You’re talking about 17-4. We only had about two games where we didn’t really play well.”


The Evart boys ended their season last Wednesday with a 53-41 loss to White Cloud.

“We started out well,” said Evart coach Matt Alexander. “Then we hit a stretch in the second through third quarter. We went flat. They had more energy than us. They built a 20-point lead. In the fourth, we cut it to 10 with three minutes to go but couldn’t put in a good run to close it further than that.”

Evart, at 8-11, still displayed market improvement from a 4-17 season last year and a 0-21 campaign in 2008-09.

“My kids worked hard all year long,” Alexander said. “We were competitive from game 1 to game 19. We only had one senior who played a lot. We have a good core returning next year.”

Tyler Mishler is the only senior starter who is graduating.