Sebeka made a strong second-half comeback Friday night, but Pine River-Backus held on for the 74-71 non-conference victory.
The Tigers led 36-25 at the half only to see the Trojans win the second half 46-38.
PR-B shot made just 16 of its 45 shots (35%), but was 10-of-20 (50%) from three-point range. Sebeka was 14-of-33 (42%), but struggled from outside the arc (7-of-27).
The Trojans had a slight advantage (35-33) on the boards. The Tigers turned the ball over 17 times, while Sebeka had 23 turnovers. Pine River-Backus nearly evened out its turnovers by making 16 steals. The Tigers were also credited with 18 assists.
“The kids are finding a way to win and building confidence as we go,” said Tigers’ head coach John Riewer. “It was an outstanding team victory on road.”
Zach Struss recorded a double-double for the Tigers, scoring a game-high 23 points and pulling down 14 rebounds. He also had a team-high five assists. Konrad Bueckers had 15 points, six steals and four assists. T.J. Lukanen contributed 13 points and Tony Pederson added five rebounds.
“We received great bench play from T.J. Lukanen and Zach Semmler,” added Riewer. “And all five starters contributed defensively and offensively.”
Sebeka also had three players in double-digits, led by James Clark’s 20 points. Thane Dailey poured in 16 points and Matthew Lillquist added 14.