LEROY — Teamwork has been the key behind the fast start for the Pine River Bucks boys basketball team as far as Brandon Hoaglund is concerned.

Hoaglund has been starting for the Bucks, who were 8-0 before losing their first game last Friday to the Beal City Aggies.

Hoaglund has been a starter and among the key players for the Bucks.

“It’s been our hustle and practice,” Hoaglund said. “We work hard every day to get better, We push each other to the limit.”

For the Bucks, who play Thursday at Evart, there’s still plenty of things to improve upon, Hoaglund indicated.

It’s Hoaglund first varsity season. He is a junior.

“It’s a lot faster than JV’s, but I’ve been playing with these guys for a long time,” he said. “I just like to be a team player and if someone’s open, I’ll give him the ball. If I have a chance to score, I’ll score. I’m playing really well.”

Hoaglund wants to improve on his shooting.

“It has not been very good,” he said. “I need to be more patient and have more confidence.”