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BRETHREN — The first quarter, Thursday night, provided a perfect example of two teams that pride themselves on the defensive end. The second, however, showed the difference experience can make. Pine River put up 27 points in that frame to distance itself from Brethren en route to a 88-57 victory.

The Bucks (2-0) were led by a trio of seniors in double figures, including Tyler Lewis, who connected on eight 3-pointers during his 29-point night. Lincoln Erickson had 12 points and 10 rebounds, Devin Ruppert scored 12, and sophomore point guard Mitchell McDonald had 12 points and 10 assists.


COLEMAN -- Evart lost 48-46 to Coleman in nonleague action on Monday.

Evart trailed 17-12 at halftime but led 30-29 after the third quarter. Coleman had a 19-16 scoring advantage in the final eight minutes.

Riley Bell led the Comets (2-1) with 14 points, seven assists and five steals,


EVART -- Evart fell to 1-1 by dropping its home opener 52-45 to Boyne City Thursday night. The hosts fired out to a 17-lead after the first quarter and was up 30-20 at halftime and 35-34 after the third quarter

Evart never led but tied the game a couple of times.

Nathan Struble scored 13 points and had 10 rebounds for Evart, followed by Jacob Hopkins with 10 points and six boards and Jon Hooker with eight points and seven rebounds.

One of Evart’s top players, Jared Pattee, hurt his ankle two minutes into the game and didn’t return. One of Evart’s top players, Jared Pattee, hurt his ankle two minutes into the game and didn’t return. Evart had three players foul out with Jake McKinstry, Hooker and Kam VanScoyoc.

“With Jared out, we came down to having one starter still in the game,” said Evart coach Kris Morgan.

Casey Redmond scored 27 points to lead Boyne City.

Struble had five offensive rebounds for Evart.

“We’re coming along,” Morgan said. “The third quarter was the best basketball I’ve seen in my time here in terms of running our offense. We were 5-of-13 from the free throw line. If we hit some of those and make couple of our layups and it’s a different story.”


Jon Hooker scored 18 points while Jacob Hopkins added 14 points and Jared Pattee had 10 points and seven assists to lead Evart past Farwell 64-50 on Dec. 4 in a non-league battle that opened the season for both teams.

Farwell was up 18-17 after the first quarter but Evart stormed back for a 36-23 halftime lead and was up 47-31 after three quarters.

“Jon Hooker took it to the hole for us,” said Evart coach Kris Morgan. They came out and had one kid (Curtis Robinson) who had three threes and a pair of twos in the first quarter. He had 13 of their first 18 points. But he ended up scoring one basket after that. Our defense picked it up with better intensity.”


CADILLAC — It was a tough third quarter for the Reed City boys basketball team in its opener (Dec. 4) with Cadillac. The Coyotes led 27-23 at the intermission, but was outscored 24-12 in the third quarter by the Vikings. Cadillac would go on to score a 67-61 victory over Reed City.

“I was disappointed with the third quarter because they kind of took it to us and we didn’t do a good job of countering their pressure,” Reed City coach Dean McGuire said. “But the kids showed me a lot because we were down 15 and they kept fighting and gave us a chance.”

Reed City was led by Chad Samuels and Jake Vincent with 12 points apiece, while Kyle Wright added 11 points. Dean Eichenberg  finished with nine points.

The Coyotes are in action again Thursday when they travel to Big Rapids.



MOUNT PLEASANT — Pine River’s girls basketball team improved to 2-1 on Tuesday following a 49-45 victory over Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart.

The Bucks led 26-18 at halftime and held off Sacred Heart down the stretch to preserve the win. Pine River was led by Jamie Justin, who scored 13 points to go with six rebounds, three assists and four steals.

Devyn Powell added 12 points, four rebounds and three steals, while Kassy Nelson chipped in 10 points and five rebounds. Haley Raymond led Pine River with eight rebounds in the win.

Pine River is in action again on Tuesday when the Bucks host McBain.