Park closes memorable basketball season
LEROY ― Pine River's boys basketball season didn't exactly end the way Bucks senior Greg Park and his teammates would have preferred.
The Bucks were eliminated in the Class C district semifinal by the host school, McBain, which would win the district and the regional the following week. The Ramblers shut down the Bucks defensively and dominated the boards.
Park had a memorable game offensively and kept Pine River in the game until the Ramblers closed it down at the end.
His 28 points was a season high, with seven 3-pointers.
“The key was following through,” he said, referring to his 3-point shooting accuracy.
McBain was focusing on Mitchell McDonald and Lucas Harris in the second half, but Park found the shooting touch.
“I felt after I missed a couple of shots, I needed to keep shooting and they started falling,” Park said. “I kept shooting.”
Pine River defeated the Ramblers once during the regular season.
“The last game we played them we outrebounded them,” Park said, adding that in the district, “we didn't rebound. We didn't execute.”
There were no district or league trophy for the Bucks who were 17-4.
“It was a great season,” Park said. “I wish it would have ended different. Beating McBain and Beal (City) twice were season highlights. We played great basketball as a team.”
Park will be a key player on this season's baseball team.