McDonald playing his game for Bucks

LEROY —  It’s past the halfway point of the season for the Pine River boys basketball team and Mitchell McDonald likes what he sees of his team.

The Bucks were 8-0 until falling to Scottville-Mason County Central last month. They then bounced back with wins over Beal City and Evart to remain undefeated in the Highland Conference.

McDonald has been at his best in recent games, especially when it comes to passing off the ball.

The Bucks showed their stamina Jan. 17 and 18 with back-to-back wins over Lake City and Brethren in less than 24 hours.

“We did pretty good, it didn’t really affect us,” McDonald said. “The last couple of games, we’ve started slow. We have to break that habit of starting slow.”

But a 10-1 start through last week has the Bucks flying high.

“Everyone is getting involved,” McDonald said. “It’s going really good. I’m happy with the team.”

McDonald accurately predicted the game with MCC would be a stiff test. Rebounding remains a key.

“That’s been our biggest flaw,” he said. “We beat Lake City and they outrebounded us. It’s hard to win a game without rebounding.”

McDonald, a junior, is in his third varsity season.

“My favorite thing is driving in, seeing the defense collapse, kicking it out to a 3-point shooter and having him drain it,” McDonald said. “It’s a nice sound hearing the ball go through the net. We have a lot of scorers on our team. Skyler (Nelson) and Brandon (Hoaglund) have been lighting it up lately.

“Lucas (Harris) is running the floor good. We have guys that can hit that outside jumper too. We’re a real good shooting team.”