LEROY — They will meet in the Class C district boys basketball tournament this week. But Highland Conference rivals Evart (8-11, 5-9) and Pine River (12-8, 8-6) took it down to the wire Thursday to close the regular season with Pine River pulling out a 58-50 victory.
Hunter Esiline scored eight points in the first quarter for Pine River to pace the Bucks to a 19-15 lead. Danny Griffin, Carter Pritchard and Layne Nadig hit 3-pointers to keep the Wildcats close. Esiline hit two more drives to keep the Bucks in control in the second quarter. The Wildcats continued to struggle offensively and trailed 36-23 at halftime.