Koopman enjoys career-high 32 points

Karsten Koopman looks at the basket against Newaygo.
Karsten Koopman looks at the basket against Newaygo.

REED CITY — Karsten Koopman is a typical senior basketball player who hopes this will be the best varsity season of his career.

He’s definitely off to a solid start.

Koopman scored a career high 32 points in his team’s 79-72 Central State Activities Association Gold Division win over Newaygo on Friday.

Koopman’s previous high was 19.

“There was a mismatch on me and my teammates fed me the ball,” Koopman said. “I had the hot hand and they just kept giving it to me.”

“We were trying to run with them early and I thought we did OK,” Reed City coach JJ Eads said. “The second half, we slowed it down and obviously wanted to give it to Karsten. He had a big game and we wanted to keep giving him the ball.”

Koopman had 12 points in the second quarter.

“His focus was there and our team did a nice job giving him the ball,” Eads said. “We were working a lot on post passes Thursday and luckily, it paid off. We didn’t know what Newaygo was going to run.”

Koopman acknowledges he had confidence going to the basket.

“(Having his best varsity season) is what I’m looking,” Koopman said. “We’re running a little bit of a different offense. It worked out.”

The Coyote win came 20 days after the football season ended in the state semifinals. Eight of Reed City’s basketball players were on the football team, but Koopman didn’t see that as having an impact.

“We’ve all been playing ball for some time,” Koopman said. “We were all on the same team last year.”

The Coyotes had lost to Cadillac 51-36 in the season opener. The win three days later over Newaygo was critical, Koopman indicated.

“We have to come out every night ready to go,” Koopman said. “We have a good student section and all the fans keep us going and motivated.”