Coyote senior set to have his best season for basketball team

REED CITY — Mykel Dillard is in his senior season for a Reed City boys basketball team that bounced back from a loss to Cadillac in the opener and has won three straight.

The loss last month to Cadillac, which has gone to the Class B state semifinals three straight seasons, was 72-58.

“They were making a lot of shots, maybe it was first-game jitters,” Dillard said. “They’re a pretty good team. We have to play way better defense. We can’t let a team score 72 points. We have to play better on offense. We have to score more than 58 and have to stop them.”

It’s Dillard’s second year on the varsity.

“I have to be more of a leader this year,” he said. “It’s kind of different. Last year, I was kind of a sixth player coming off the bench. I’m a senior and it’s my last year.”

The Coyotes only shot 31 percent against Cadillac.

“We’ve got to get in the gym and shoot more shots,” Dillard said. “We have to take care of the ball more and we’ll be fine. We have to take better shots.”

The shooting percentages in the three wins have definitely been higher.

The Coyotes, 2-0 in the Central State Activities Association Gold Division, had a nonleague game at Fremont on Tuesday, and plays at Manistee Friday night. The next league game is Jan. 12 with Grant.

“We can do great  things if we play defense, make our shots and don’t turn the ball over,” Dillard said. “If we don’t turn the ball over, the sky’s the limit.”