Pine River boys suffer first loss

LEROY — Pine River’s boys basketball team sustained its first loss of the season 57-32 to Manton on Friday.

Hunter Esiline had 14 points and nine rebounds for Pine River.

“We shot 24 percent from the floor, which just isn’t going to get it done,” Pine River coach Brian Goodenow said. “Obviously, Manton had a lot to do with that. It’s what we’ll continue to work on.”

The Bucks rallied after being down 13 points in the first half to beat Beal City 44-40 on Jan. 5. Hunter Esiline led Pine River with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Matthew Goodenow added 11 points.

Pine River plays undefeated McBain at home on Thursday.

“That’s a really tough team,” Goodenow said. “We hope to give them a good battle. They’re a real complete team.”

Girls basketball

Kierra Justin led Pine River with 14 points and 18 rebounds Jan. 5 in a 55-43 nonleague win over Benzie Central. Anna Lindquist added 10 points. It was Pine River’s third win.

The Bucks fell to 3-3 with a 52-37 loss to McBain on Friday.

Justin had nine points and 19 rebounds. Julie Justin had 11 points, while Lindquist had nine points.

“We got to a better start against McBain,” Bucks coach Shawn Ruppert said. “The second quarter, we turned the ball over way too much. We played even with them, but we couldn’t make up for that quarter. Some of the younger girls struggled.”

Pine River is home Friday in Highland Conference play against McBain Northern Michigan Christian.