Harris, Bucks eager for big week


LEROY — Lucas Harris has had a strong junior boys basketball season for the Pine River Bucks.

But as Pine River enters the postseason, Harris is hopeful that the 2013-14 season will last at least beyond this week.

As the Bucks were going through their 14-0 Highland Conference run, a win over Lake City, led by Drew Marion, who showed how much the Bucks had handled the challenges of league play.

“We played together as a team,” Harris said. “We hustled and brought a lot of energy. We played a good defense. (Marion) worked for his points, He’s a good athlete, very strong.”

Harris said teamwork was the key behind the team’s success that produced an 18-2 overall record.

“We focused on being a team every day, running the ball, just hustling and working hard,” Harris said.

It’s his second varsity season and Harris has been a starter.

“Bring energy, I’ve been contributing more on rebounds and more scoring toward the end of the season,” he said. “It’s mainly bringing energy and trying to keep our guys try to keep our guys (going).”

As the Bucks zeroed in the final week of the regular season, prior to this week, Harris said the focus was on each game while not looking ahead.

The Bucks entered the Evart game last week realizing they nearly lost the first time the two teams played after building huge leads early.

“We know what we did wrong against Evart, we just have to practice our fundamentals and fix them,” Harris said prior to that game.

Wednesday night, the Bucks play at Beaverton in the Class C district semifinal round.