By Matt Wenzel Pioneer News Network MANISTEE \u2014 Pine River brought a perfect record to Manistee on Monday and left with it intact. But, it didn\u2019t come easily. Manistee gave Pine River nearly everything it could handle before the Bucks held on for a 57-53 win on Monday night. Pine River didn\u2019t hit a field goal the final 5 1\/2 minutes of the game, but went 7-for-14 from the free throw line to pull out the win while Manistee went 4:11 without a point. \u201cWe have to get a lot better than that if we want to stay competitive with the teams we have coming up \u2014 not to take anything away from Manistee because they played very well,\u201d said Pine River coach Brian Goodenow. \u201cI was really impressed with the way they played.\u201d Matt Simmons hit a step-back triple with 16 seconds left to pull Manistee within three points, but coming out of a timeout the Chippewas couldn\u2019t get a foul whistled until 2.9 seconds left and Pine River\u2019s Tyler Lewis split a pair to put the game out of reach. Lewis hit six 3-pointers en route to a game-high 22 points to lead the Bucks (6-0). \u201cHe\u2019s been playing well all year in that scoring role,\u201d Goodenow said. \u201cHe played good defense (Monday) too and that\u2019s the thing we harp on him the most to keep working on.\u201d Devin Ruppert scored 10 to go with six rebounds for Pine River while Mitchell McDonald had eight points, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals. \u201cWe missed a lot of easy shots,\u201d Goodenow said. \u201cIt was one of those nights they just wouldn\u2019t go in.\u201d Andrew Solberg scored 15 to go with six rebounds, three assists and three steals, Simmons had 15 points and Jordan MacArthur 10 to help Manistee (1-7) to a season-high point total. Lewis hit a trio of triples in the first quarter to help push the Bucks to a 20-12 lead, but the Chippewas fought back in the second with points from six different players to pull within four at halftime at 29-25. \u201cWe didn\u2019t play good defense,\u201d Lewis said. \u201cWe gave up the baseline too much. ... We started talking at the end of the third and started playing a little bit better.\u201d Pine River got a 3-point play from Skyler Nelson and a triple from Lewis to close the third on a 6-0 run in the last 21 seconds for a 46-41 lead, \u201cThey played with more intensity than we did,\u201d Goodenow said. \u201cThey were hitting some big 3s against us. They shot the ball better than we did.\u201d After a Matt Simmons basket pulled the Chippewas within a point at 50-49 with 5:22 left, Manistee didn\u2019t score again until Dustin Simmons (eight rebounds, four assists) split a pair of free throws with 1:11 to play to trail 54-50. The Bucks struggled from the line down the stretch, but it was enough to get out of the gym with a win.