LEROY — Dylan Sieting has been a new addition to the starting lineup for the Pine River boys basketball team this season and has been playing a key role in his team’s 5-0 start.

“We wanted to push the ball up the floor,” said Sieting after his team’s recent 64-44 win over McBain. “They always want to penetrate with our guards. We have a lot of shooters and can always kick it out.That worked pretty well for us. Skyler (Nelson) made some key threes towards the end.”

It was a close game until the second half. Then the Bucks turned their game up a few notches and took control.

“(In the first half) they were more aggressive and outworking us on the boards,” said Sieting. “They were outhustling us for loose balls. I think we were lot more aggressive the second half.”

It was the first game of the new year against McBain but the gym was almost packed as the two rivals faced each other.

“I feel like I’m doing good,” Sieting said. “I feel like today I was a little more aggressive in the beginning, which the coaches have been trying to get me to do. A lot of times when our guards drive, the backside is always open. That’s what I’ve been trying to improve on, rolling to the basket. I feel like I did pretty good at that today.”

That’s been among his roles this season.

“I’m to basically be the anchor on defense and anytime someone comes in the paint make sure I get a hand in their face,” Sieting said.

He’s 6-3 and one of the team’s taller players. But rebounding and going after loose balls is among the things the team needs to continue to focus.

In the Highland, along with McBain, “Beal City is always tough, Lake City will be good,” Sieting said. “We need to keep hustling, push it up the court and find the open guy.”