Reed City boys start out 2-0

Zac Saez makes a pass for Reed City.
Zac Saez makes a pass for Reed City.

REED CITY — The Reed City Coyotes led 26-20 at halftime and went on to defeat the Pine River Bucks 51-37 on Friday night.

Zac Saez and Cody Kailing tallied 17 points apiece for the Coyotes and Brandon Wirth added 10. Trenton Holmes had 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Bucks and Elijah Lewis added nine points and five rebounds. Marcus Jurik had 10 rebounds off the bench.

The Bucks shot 28 percent from the floor and 34 percent from the free throw line and committed 18 turnovers.

The Coyotes downed the Evart Wildcats 68-35 in season-opening action Tuesday (Nov. 27) at home.

Reed City led from start to finish, jumping out to a 34-14 halftime lead before leading by as many as 45.

Saez led all scorers with 12 points and Preston Johnson had 11, while Brandon Wirth added 10. Donavin Reagan led Evart with eight points.

Both teams are in the process of getting into game shape, and it showed. The two teams were called for 19 combined fouls in the first quarter and struggled to make shots during the game.

“I thought our kids played pretty hard,” Reed City head coach J.J. Eads said. “You could tell between us and Evart that it was our first game. We had a lot of miscues on both ends. I think both coaches were pulling our hair out as far as missing shots inside the paint.

“That’s what we expected. We’re not in basketball condition, yet. The boys are coming off a long football season and we’ve had a few practices. but we’re not where we need to be.”

The Reed City press generated several turnovers that led to transition baskets. According to Eads, that is something fans can expect to see more of this season.

“I think our depth is big for us,” Eads said. “We’re athletic; we like to run but sometimes we run into turnovers. We’re changing what we do on both ends of the ball. The guys are picking it up pretty quick.

“We’ve gotta do a better job of getting in shape and taking care of the basketball.”