Coyote junior reflects on past basketball season


REED CITY — His junior basketball season has ended and now Reed City’s Chad Samuels is focusing on spring sports.

But it was still a winter season worth talking about following a 58-42 loss to Big Rapids in the district finals.

The Coyotes finished at 12-10.

“I thought we came out and started playing good defense but our offense struggled a little bit,” he said. “We couldn’t score. We had a good game plan. They just had too many (scorers).”

Reed City was 0-3 against Big Rapids and Samuels said the third game might have the Coyotes’ best overall effort against the Cards.

“But the second time we played them, we came out with more energy and were ready to go,” he said.

As for the season, “with a new coach (Dean McGuire) coming in and we’re a young team, toward the end of the season we started playing better basketball compared to the beginning,” Samuels said.

A home win against Morley Stanwood was among the highlights along with a road win at Chippewa Hills.

“We played well overall as a team and had a lot of energy,” Samuels said.

Samuels indicated that because of various injuries this season, it wasn’t his best year and he later got mononucleosis.

“It was a tough season but I got through it,” he said. “This year, I had to step up and be a leader.”

This spring, Samuels will be playing golf and AAU basketball.