LEROY — When Pine River’s boys basketball season ended last week, it was the final contest for eight seniors, including Brad Holmes who made key contributions for the Bucks.

Holmes didn’t start last season but saw time as a starter this year.

“I usually was the first or second guy off the bench,” he said. “A lot of it is hustle, is working my butt off, rebounding and mentoring the (younger) guys.”

Holmes indicated after a game midway during the season that he was OK with starting or coming off the bench, as long as he saw some court time.

“Rebounding, working down low and doing help defense most of the time,” were Holmes’ strengths.

The Bucks wound up winning the district title and losing to  Beaverton in the regional semifinal. As the season progressed, Holmes could see where the Bucks were playing better.

“We had a delay in the start because our football team did well,” he said. “But now we’re in sync, we’re working a lot better.”

Holmes didn’t play football and had a chance to get a head start with basketball work. His focus for improvement was “rebounding, working down low, free throws and being a good teammate.”