Pine River junior basketball player reflects on another strong basketball season

LEROY — Mason Powell is getting ready for his junior baseball season at Pine River and is coming off an impressive basketball campaign in which he was among the Bucks’ top players.

One of his best games was late in the season in a win over Evart. He scored 27 points. 

“I started hitting shots early so I knew I could attack the rim,” Powell said. The shots were just falling and I went with it. It was one of those nights.”

Powell was facing a cold shooting spell late in the year.

The Bucks were 12-8 going into districts before losing their first game to state power McBain. They had won five straight.

“Overall, we’ve been playing really good ball as a team,” Powell said, adding the key in games against strong opponents like McBain was rebounding and not having turnovers. “When we played them at their place, we were only down by six with three minutes to go in the third quarter and it was still a game. Then we kind of collapsed under a little bit of pressure. The key is keeping our composure.”

The team was around .500 at one stage of the season.

“We made a lot of progress,” Powell said. “We were working hard in practice, getting on the floor, winning 50-50 balls, rebounding and playing more as a team, not playing as individuals, but trying to share the ball.”