Pine River's defense too much for Farwell

Pine River's Marcus Jurik (24) looks to make a play in recent action. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

Pine River's Marcus Jurik (24) looks to make a play in recent action. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

LEROY - Pine River returned from the holidays with a 58-53 non-league victory over Farwell on Friday in non-league boys basketball action.

Pine River had a 16-12 lead after the first quarter but trailed 30-22 at halftime. The Bucks outscored Farwell 25-9 in the third quarter to take a 47-39 lead, Farwell had a 14-11 scoring edge in the final eight minutes.

Marcus Jurik led the Bucks with 20 points and Sasha Huffman with 18 points.

"Garett Sumpter had nine big points off the bench," Pine River coach Brian Goodenow said.

Jurik added 10 rebounds.

"We came OK but had a terrible second quarter," Goodenow said. "We turned up our defense to where it should be in the third quarter and turned the game around. Our defense was the difference in the game."

Defense was the key in the 25-point quarter.

"We looked like a different team in the second half," Goodenow said. "Our defensive intensity was not there in the second quarter. It was huge in the third quarter."

The Bucks were coming off the holiday break.

"I don't' think that's an excuse," Goodenow said. "We had a scrimmage on Monday and were practicing over the break. The focus is different when the guys aren't in school but we got back (to classes) on Thursday."

Pine River is 3-1 overall and 1-1 in the conference. The Bucks have a league game Friday at home against McBain.

"McBain is as solid as always," Goodenow said. "They're always taller than us. It will be a challenge for us, especially on the boards. I told them after the Farwell game I'm glad it was a challenge. You learn more from a game like that."