Hoaglund continues to have strong senior season for Bucks


LEROY — Brandon Hoaglund continues to give Pine River’s boys basketball team key contributions in his senior season.

One of his stronger games was last week in a 72-63 win over Evart. Hoaglund, who had 16 points, also had seven boards.

The Bucks had a 26-4 lead at one stage but Evart rallied to take the lead in the second half. Hoaglund and the Bucks were able to hold back the Wildcat charge.

“We have to run,” said Hoaglund, noting the Wildcats were able to do that in getting their early lead. But Evart was eventually able to slow it down more to the Wildcats’ liking.

“I’ve been playing well,” Hoaglund said. “I’m shooting the ball well, moving the ball well.”

Hoaglund indicated he’s been shooting the ball about the same amount of times as he has during the season while establishing himself as a dangerous player for the Bucks, offensively and defensively.

“Brandon Hoaglund and Skyler Nelson are both having outstanding seasons and providing the kind of senior leadership we expected going into this season,” said Bucks coach Brian Goodenow. “Brandon has been one of the best defenders and all-around players in the area for the past two seasons. But this year he has taken on a much larger offensive role as well.

“He is leading us in scoring at 17 points per game, while having to match up against the other team’s best scorer night in and night out. He is an explosive player, both in how quickly he gets to the rim on offense, and in how he goes to the boards. He is averaging over five rebounds per game, along with five assists and over two steals per game.”

In future games, the Bucks hope to avoid a near-collapse like they had against Evart. The next such performance may not turn out as fortunate as it did against Evart, Hoaglund admits.

“We have to keep working hard,” he said. “We have to go into practice thinking we have a lot of work to do, which we do.”