Pine River sophomore Sasha Huffman off to impressive start to basketball season

Sasha Huffman is in his sophomore season with Pine River. (Herald Review photo/John Raffel)

LEROY —   When the boys basketball season started, Pine River coach Brian Goodenow predicted sophomore guard Sasha Huffman could compete for a starting spot.

Not only has Huffman won the spot but he’s been scoring a lot of points for the Bucks, who are off to a 1-2 start.

“He scored 19 in his first game, and struggled a little bit in his second game, as the whole team did,” Goodenow said after Huffman netted 20 points in a 53-47 win over Manistee on Dec. 20. “He plays very intense basketball. He’s very good defensively as well.”

Huffman played for the Pine River JVs last year over the summer.

“I got invited to go (with the varsity) to the Albion camp,” he said. “I played pretty well there. The season started (and he joined the varsity). I just decided I’d go out there and play as hard as I can and try my hardest. It’s going pretty good.”

In the win over Manistee, “defensively we kind of struggled, but we were involved fairly well on offense and that was the key,” Huffman said. “It didn’t take long for Huffman to feel comfortable with the varsity level from the JVs.

“The biggest difference is the speed,” he said. “Everybody is going way faster than JVs. I’ve worked on my shot a lot. (On 3-pointer) you have to follow through and you have to have confidence.”

Huffman said he’s been struggled on his ballhandling and has been working on that aspect of his game.

Pine River plays at Beal City on Jan. 2.

“We’re looking good,” Huffman said. “We’re very young so we’re still developing. We’re pretty big. We need to work on helping out.”

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John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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