Pine River 2012-13 boys basketball team had memorable season

Pine River boys celebrate 2012-13 district title. (Courtesy photo)

Pine River boys celebrate 2012-13 district title. (Courtesy photo)

Editor's note: This is a series of A Special Season stories to run in the Herald Review this summer. Stories are submitted, upon invitation, by current and former coaches.

LEROY -- The 2012-13 Pine River boys' basketball team will forever be known as one of -- if not the best squad to grace the PRHS gymnasium in program history.

For head coach Brian Goodenow, he remembers the season as one where the players and community came together, supported each other and grew stronger as the wins began to pile up.

"Very early on, this group of student athletes made it clear they longed for community involvement, and to that end they committed to investing in the community," Goodenow said.

"They participated in many events, in and out of school, and earned the respect of their peers and community members."

PR quickly adapted 'All in' as its mantra for the season, and brought the team and its fans closer than perhaps ever before.

When it was all said and done, Pine River's boys took home a 20-3 (12-2) record, and captured the district title, as well as a share of the Highland Conference.

Goodenow's Bucks opened the 12-13 campaign by winning their first eight games, before narrowly dropping an away game to Beal City by a single point for their first defeat of the year.

Pine River lost only one more game during the course of the regular season, as the Bucks plowed their way through conference and non-conference foes alike, with the McBain Ramblers matching them step-for-step in the Highland Conference.

"The heated rivalry with McBain would prove to be one of the key stories within the story of the season," Goodenow said.

The Bucks took down McBain on its home court 66-38 during the first meeting between the schools, with the Ramblers exacting revenge a few weeks later with a 61-51 win of their own to even the season series.

PR and McBain saw each other with the District 89 championship on the line in front of a standing-room only crowd at Evart High School, with the Bucks ultimately settling the score and grabbing the title in the process.

"Though a very talented group, the players lived up to their commitment of putting the team before self in every aspect of the game, and truly providing one special season and a lifetime of memories for all involved," Goodenow said.

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