Park providing key minutes for Bucks

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LEROY — Greg Park is among the juniors providing plenty of valuable depth for the Pine River boys basketball attack this season.

Park is in his first full varsity season for the Bucks. Pine River has been able to get off to a 9-1 start the first half of the regular season.

“Scoring, offense,” Park said, when asked what’s been the key behind his team’s success. “We’ve had decent distribution from scorers all the way down.”

Rebounding and dishing the ball have been among Park’s main roles this season. He got a start in a recent Saturday game against Brethren.

“They also want me to shoot when I’m open,” he said. “I was able to be a starter in recent games) so I knew I had to do something.”

Now that it’s the midway point of the season, Park has felt comfortable filing into the varsity lineup.

“The first couple of games I was a little skittish,” he said. “I’m evolved. It’s working good. You have to be ready to be physical and for the speed. It’s a lot more upbeat than JVs.”

The Bucks graduated key players from last season’s league and district title team. But they haven’t missed a beat so far with a 9-1 start.

“We’ve just been playing our game and it’s been working for us,” Park said. “We don’t have as much size this year but we’re doing well.”

The Bucks want to keep running and shooting.

“We need to improve our rebounding,” Park said. “I would like to work on dribbling out of rebounds instead of waiting there and almost traveling.”

The Bucks are at Manton Thursday night.