Boys basketball season in full gear

REED CITY — Boys basketball teams were scheduled to tip off their seasons Tuesday and will continue their pace with key games later this week.

Reed City opened with Cadillac on Tuesday and is at Morley Stanwood Friday night for Central State Activities Association (CSAA) play.

Cadillac was a Class B state finalist last season.

“I know Cadillac is always good,” said Reed City coach Dean McGuire. “It’s a tough opponent to start our season against. Morley Stanwood has probably one of the top point guards in our league in Tim Cairnduff. Anytime you have a very good smart point guard like they have, you always have a chance to win, in my opinion. They are very aggressive. They play some man and they play some zone.”

“It will be a fun week to start off with, for sure. I don’t think as a coach you’re as prepared as you’d want to be. But we’ll be as ready as we can be. Hopefully, we get off to a good start.”

EVART

The Wildcats were home against Farwell on Tuesday and are at Boyne City Thursday. They open their Highland Conference schedule home next Tuesday with McBain Northern Michigan Christian.

“Farwell we did some summer scrimmages against,” said Evart coach Kris Morgan. “They have two pretty good guards. Their bigs inside aren’t their strong suit.”

Morgan said Boyne City has some college prospects on the squad.

“I’m expecting a tough game up there,” Morgan said. “It’s a good two-hour drive for us.”

Morgan indicated he was happy with the team’s preseason.

“We had some pretty good practices,” he said. “I think the team is ready and I’m ready to get started. Our first conference game is next Tuesday. This week, we’ll see what we’ve got going.”

PINE RIVER

The Bucks also had a Tuesday-Thursday deal this week with Harrison at home on Tuesday and a trip to Traverse City Christian on Thursday. The last game before the holiday break is Dec. 17 at home against Manton for the Highland Conference opener.

“Harrison’s JV squad was decent last year so I expect they have some good young talent coming in,” said Pine River coach Brian Goodenow. “But I don’t know a whole lot about them other than that. We have not played (TC Christian) in a few years so I don’t have a scouting report on them. You never know what kind of transfers they might have coming in.”