Coyote players ready for third game against Big Rapids

REED CITY  — Reed City boys basketball players were obviously not happy with their loss against Big Rapids last week.

But the Coyotes realize they have a shot for revenge Wednesday in a critical district semifinal game.

They split the Central State Activities Association games during the regular season, with the Coyotes winning at Big Rapids and the Cardinals taking the game at Reed City. With Big Rapids’ win over Harrison Monday in the district first-round game, the two rivals will meet again with the winner going to the district finals.

“I think they played a good game and we didn’t execute,” said Kyle Wright. “We played all right but didn’t play at our best.”

Game No. 3 will present some key elements for the Cardinals.

“It’s going to be executing and playing physical,” Wright said. “It’s going to be a good one.”

The Coyotes had a chance to play at Fremont Friday and home with White Cloud on Saturday at home to get ready for the postseason.

“We want to finish the regular season strong and go into the districts on an up note,” Wright said.

Prior to the Fremont and White Cloud games, the Coyotes were in somewhat of a “rut,” Wright said. They survived Hesperia in overtime prior to the loss to Big Rapids. They fell to Fremont but came back with a win over White Cloud. The Coyotes especially had an off shooting night against Hesperia.

“Our shooters, they’ll be ready to go, they’ll be fine,” Wright said.

“We have to go out and execute,” said junior Patrick Jobes. “Our shooting percentage has been down. We need to get that up, play hard physical basketball and don’t take breaks, 100 percent effort every game.”

Jobes, in his first varsity season has been used from off the bench for the Coyotes to play defense and handle the ball.

“I’ve been playing really good D,” he said. “Offensively, I try not to turn the ball over.”

Depth has been a team strength, Jobes added.

‘We have a lot of people on the bench that can do a lot of stuff...bring a lot of energy off the bench,” Jobes said. “Everyone brings something from off the bench.”

To beat Big Rapids in the district semifinals “we need to execute a lot more than we did,” Jobes said, “keep playing good D, try to D up (Quinn) Tyson and don’t let him shoot as much.”