Coyote boys hoping to bounce back after break

REED CITY -- The Reed City boys basketball team entered the holiday break with four games under its belt against extremely tough competition and eager to return to the court in January.

Reed City is 0-4 with two of its losses to high caliber CSAA Gold schools in Grant and Fremont. The Coyotes had three games last week including with Grant Alma and Dearborn Advanced Tech Academy. The Coyotes played the Dearborn team on Saturday, Dec. 21, at Grand Rapids Community College in a showcase game and lost 68-27.

"We're just trying to get healthy right now and get everyone back playing," coach Jesse Kailing said. "We've taken some lumps. Our schedule is really tough to start the year out. The kids have continued to working hard and have committed to getting better. We have to keep that positive attitude and keep on moving forward.

"We need 10 games before we can assess where we're at. That's what we're trying to do right now. We started the season out with only one returning player, that's (Zac) Saez. Payton Hansen is finally starting to get in the lineup but he's not 100 percent yet. He will be shortly. This break time will help him heal up."

The Coyotes are idle until Jan. 7 when they play at home against non-league foe Clare.

"We have not played an easy schedule so far," Kailing said.

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