BOYS BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Coyotes bounce back with two wins

REED CITY

It was a 2-0 week for the Reed City boys basketball team.

Jared Holmquist returned to the Reed City basketball lineup after sitting out two games with an ankle injury and led the Coyotes to a 64-58 win Friday night over Manistee.

Holmquist scored 15 points and had six rebounds for the Coyotes who enjoyed balanced scoring and were led by Chad Samuels with 17 points and Ricky Droke with 16.

“Manistee played very well,” said Reed City coach Jesse Kailing. “I thought they played better against us than Pine River earlier in the week. They played better defensively. They were at home too, and that helps.”

Dakota Saez netted 11 points against Manistee.

“The big thing with us is we got great balance,” Kailing said. “We scored consistently. Four starters were in double figure. When that happens, I’ll take that.”

But Kailing said Holmquist wasn’t at 100 percent.

“But Jared at 70 percent is still a better than a lot of high school kids in the state of Michigan,” Kailing said.

The previous Tuesday, the Reed City won on the road in Central State Activities Association 54-45 victory over Central Montcalm. The Coyotes are 5-2 overall and 4-1 in the league.

Kailing did not coach at the Central Montcalm game after being assessed a double technical the preceding game in a conference loss at Morley Stanwood. His assistant, Chuck Holmquist, was the acting coach for the CM game. Kailing had a chance to watch the contest on film afterwards.

“The kids played a good first half,” Kailing said. “Then the second half, we kind of let them back into it. We had a long dry spell when we didn’t score. We’re trying to fix that where we score more consistently and don’’t have long runs where we don’t score any points.”

Ryan Willis scored at the buzzer to put the Coyotes ahead 32-26 at the half. The Coyotes scored the final four points of the third quarter to take a 48-42 lead into the fourth.

Ricky Droke hit a 3-pointer with 1:48 to play to give the Coyotes (5-2) a four-point lead and Reed City went 9-for-12 from the free-throw line in the final three minutes to seal the win. Manistee, on the other hand, was just 3-for-7 from the charity stripe in the final 1:13 and finished 12-for-21 for the game.

The Coyotes started out the week with a 54-45 victory over Central Montcalm on Jan. 10 at Stanton. Holmquist did not play in that game because of his ankle injury. Kailing also had to sit out the contest because of the double technical he endured the previous Friday at Morley Stanwood.

Dakota Saez and Chad Samuels scored 12 points apiece for Reed City. Jake Vincent led the Coyotes with eight rebounds.

EVART

Manton defeated Evart 52-37 in a Highland Conference boys’ basketball game Thursday night.

The Rangers were up 9-7 after the first quarter and 21-16 at halftime and led 40-19 going into the fourth quarter.

Jarek VanOrder spearheaded Evart with 13 points while Jonathan Hooker added 11.

“We couldn’t hit our jump shots and only scored three points in the third quarter,” said Evart coach Kris Morgan.

On Jan. 10, the Wildcats lost a home game 77-50 to Beal City in Highland Conference play. The Aggies improved to 6-0 overall.

Stone Beckwith had 28 points to lead the winners.

“We held Stone pretty good the first half but our helpside defense kicked it around a little bit,” Morgan said. “Our man-to-man defense is coming along better. We’re pressuring the ball a little bit.”

Evart played Marion on Tuesday at home and is home Friday against McBain.

PINE RIVER

The Bucks lost at McBain Northern Michigan Christian on Thursday 62-33. The hosts led 36-15 halftime. The Bucks are 4-3 overall and 1-2 in the conference. Mitchell McDonald scored 15 points for the Bucks.

“They shot the ball well,” said Pine River coach Scott Benson. “When we got down by 26, I pulled my big guys and put my little group in and we pressed them. We gained quite a bit. They couldn’t get the ball past half-court. I want to go small and see what happens.”

Pine River is home Friday against Beal City.