Pine River boys cruise over Farwell
LEROY — Farwell was looking for its first varsity boys basketball victory of the season. But the Pine River Bucks were in no mood to oblige.
Hunter Powell scored 14 points and the Bucks, who fired out to a 20-3 lead after the first period, went on to a 56-25 non-league victory Monday night.
While Pine River improved to 9-5, the Eagles fell to 0-13.
“I know (Farwell) has struggled this year,” said Pine River coach Scott Benson. “We played all the kids in the first half and all in the second half and never once had all of our starters in.”
Powell scored eight points in the first quarter while Lincoln Erickson added seven and Skyler Nelson netted five points, including a 3-pointer. Jacob Sutton had Farwell’s only points on a triple.
Joey Bowman scored a layup off his own steal to give the Bucks a 22-3 lead early in the second quarter as the Eagles continued to have turnover woes. Mitchell McDonald scored seven points in the quarter to keep Pine River in control.
Bowman hit a jumper for the Bucks to open the third quarter. The Eagles continued to throw the ball away and Pine River led 39-13 on two straight Powell inside shots. Lincoln Erickson drove inside for basket and 45-16 lead at 3:10. Tyler Lewis’ 3-point play made it 48-16 at 1:10.
Bobby Byard scored five points in the third for the Eagles while Kyle Brandon added four.
James Harvey scored for the Bucks with 2:20 to play for a 54-23 lead.
“They had a big guy (Powell) they gave the ball to,” said Farwell coach Erik Schunk. “They knew where their strength was tonight. Even when he was missing we weren’t boxing out on the weakside. Rebounding really got to us. At times we were taking care of the ball better. But we have to limit our turnovers.”
Byard and Sutton netted eight points apiece for Farwell.
“We have to play four quarters, said Ruppert. “We can’t have any quarters where we don’t play well.”
Pine River is home Friday night in Highland Conference play against McBain Northern Michigan Christian.
“We have a lot of work to do,” Benson said. “I will say that the kids played as a team. In these kind of games they have a tendency to go one-on-one. But I thought the kids did a good job of throwing the ball to their teammates and make the extra pass to get the kids involved.”
The girls Pine River team entered the week at 9-5 and 6-2 in the Highland. On Thursday, the Bucks walloped McBain Northern Michigan Christian 64-23.
Pine River was up 45-8 at halftime.
Jamie Justin scored 16 points for the Bucks while Kassy Nelson added 15 points.
“We really hot the all well,” said Pine River coach Shawn Ruppert. “It was running clock just right after halftime. We played a press in the first half and pretty much took them out of it.”
This week, the Bucks played home with Marion Tuesday and are at Lake City Friday.
“We beat them both (earlier in the season),” Ruppert said. “They’re not real strong.”