Chippewa Hills boys basketball edges Coyotes 40-38
REMUS - It went down to the wire with Chippewa Hills defeating Reed City 40-38 in Central State Activities Gold Division boys basketball action on Tuesday, Jan. 14.
Ian Bissell scored 13 points while Samuel Cole added 10 for the Warriors.
Reed City entered the game at 1-2 in the league and 1-5 overall. The Coyotes got their first win on Friday 75-61 over Tri County. Chippewa Hills was 0-3 and 0-4 coming into the game.
"Any win is nice," Chippewa Hills coach Zach Ingles said. "We're steadily improved and we're young. We worked defensively. That's who we are. Tonight we bothered them with our defense and did enough to win."
Zac Saez had 14 points, Payton Hansen nine and Alex Wirgau seven for the Coyotes.
"We didn't come to play tonight," Reed City coach Jesse Kailing said. "Our kids didn't play hard. We didn't bring the effort. We won one game and everyone gets a big head. We have to put this one behind us but not forget what happens when you don't bring effort."
The Warriors fired out to a 6-0 lead before the Coyotes caught up.
Samuel Cole netted a 3-pointer late in the quarter for a 9-5 lead. Reed City coach Jesse Kailing called a timeout to encourage his team to overcome a Warrior squad which was up 9-7 after the first eight minutes.
Payton Hansen tied the game, 13-13 for Reed City early in the second. Levi Roger sank a triple for a 20-17 Warrior lead with 2:30 left in the half. Chippewa Hills was up 23-20 at halftime.
Paris Alston's putback put the Warriors up 28-20 early in the third.
The Warriors maintained the lead during the third and led 33-28 going in the fourth.
Samuel Cole's free throw early in the fourth made it 34-28. The Warrior defense continued to stymie the Reed City offense.
Alex Wirgau's reverse side layup for Reed City made it 35-32. Ian Bissell drove and scored for the Warriors to make it 37-32. Darrin Halladay had a key putback for the Coyotes to cut the Warrior lead to 39-36 with 2:04 to play. Zac Saez scored for Reed City moments later and it was 39-38.
The Warriors had the ball and called timeout with the one-point lead and 46 seconds to play. Scott Miller missed two free throws and the Coyotes had the ball and called time out with 29 seconds to play.
They still had the ball and called time out again with 8.1 seconds left. A foul on Reed city just prior to the inbounds pass gave the Warriors the ball. Levi Rogers went to the line and hit one of two free throws. Saez's 3-point try just prior to the buzzer was off the mark as time expired.
"We focused on defense," Cole said. "Hopefully this will contribute to us getting more wins."
Rogers had nine points and Alston seven for the Warriors.
"We're missing a couple of guys tonight but it doesn't matter," Kailing said. "If you don't bring effort, you're not going to win whether you're playing against a good team or a bad team. Chip Hills played really well tonight. Hats off to them. They did the things they needed to do to win. That was big for their program."
This Friday in CSAA action, Reed City is home with Newaygo. "We have to get tougher," Kailing said. "We have to get more effort and be more offensive minded going to the basket. Tonight we didn't do that."