Pine River falls in overtime to Morley Stanwood
MORLEY -- After suffering their first loss of the season, the Morley Stanwood Mohawks returned to form at home on Monday night with a 58-50 non-conference win in overtime against the Pine River Bucks.
MS remains in sole possession of second place in the CSAA Silver Conference with the victory outside of the league but has improved its record to 9-1 (3-1).
With the narrow defeat, PR's record falls to 5-5 (3-4).
"In the second half, I thought we really stepped up," Mohawk coach Bob Raven said. "In the first half, Pine River came out and pretty much knocked us in the teeth; they dominated the first half."
Raven said his team was playing on its heels in the first quarter.
After a relatively evenly contested eight minutes both sides were at a 14-point stalemate after one quarter.
A Pine River offensive surge to start the second quarter gave the Bucks and their many supporters making the trip from LeRoy all the momentum the gym had to offer.
In addition to the Bucks catching fire on offense, their defense held the Mohawks to just six points in quarter two.
Pine River went into the break up 29-20.
Emerging back onto the court for the second half, Morley Stanwood held Pine River in check and didn't allow a bucket until there was 3:29 left on the third-quarter clock.
Meanwhile, the Mohawk offense slowly began to find its rhythm by drawing contact on the interior and converting their ensuing foul shots.
"We made a couple of adjustments at halftime and I thought they responded to that. It was good to see," Raven said.
By the time the third quarter was halfway gone, MS had made it a one-possession game as the two sides traded buckets and fouls for the remainder of the frame, and eventually took a two-point lead into the final frame.
The Mohawks and Bucks left nothing behind after the final eight minutes of competition, with both sides executing clutch shots on both ends of the floor.
Throughout the fourth quarter, the lead was constantly changing hands and time ran out before a winner could emerge.
Scoring was at a premium during the four-minute overtime period until Morley Stanwood once again grabbed the lead and were up by four points with 42.8 seconds remaining, forcing the Bucks to foul, which extended the Mohawk advantage to seven points with less than 10 seconds remaining.
"It was good for us to play in a game like this," Raven said. "In the second half, I thought everybody that played responded well."
Monday's result represents the first and only time Morley Stanwood and Pine River will see each other on the court this year.
Pine River will square off at home with Lake City at 7:30 p.m. Thursday evening.
Marcus Jurik had 15 for Pine River, followed by Sasha Huffman (13,) Jayce Methner (9) and Lane Ruppert (8).