Coyotes, Bucks take part in boys basketball scrimmage
LEROY — Boys basketball teams return to action this week but two area teams stayed active with scrimmage competition on Thursday at Pine River.
The host school, plus Baldwin and Reed City were joined by Scottville-Mason County Central in a series of one-quarter 15-minute scrimmages.
The Coyotes resumed practice action on Tuesday.
“We had given our kids a full seven days off,” said Reed City coach Jesse Kailing, whose team returns to action Friday at Morley Stanwood. “So this was the first time we got our legs back. That was real good for us to get back into the flow of things.
“We definitely were rusty. We have to start playing better defense. It’s still a work in progress. Offensively, I thought we looked better than we have in awhile.”
The Coyotes will be putting a 3-0 Central State Activities Association record on the line when it resumes action at Morley Stanwood.
“Morley Stanwood, I’m very impressed with their athleticism,” said Kailing. “Somehow we’ll have to combat their athleticism. We’ll have to try to slow it down a little bit.”
Reed City entered the holiday break at 3-1.
“It’s depends on well we’re in shape,” said senior Jared Holmquist, when asked what kind of a challenge the three-week break from actual games could have on a team.
Reed City will come off the break 3-0 in the CSAA.
“We’re doing pretty good so far,” Holmquist said. “Our defense is picking up. Offensively, we’re still working on that.”
Holmquist has been among the leading players in the area. “I knew I’d have to score a few more points, being a senior and losing a few guys from last year,” he said. “I’m happy so far.”
When his team plays at Morley Stanwood, Holmquist expects a battle.
“Morley Stanwood will be a tough game,” he said. “They’re always hard to play at Morley Stanwood. We have Comstock Park coming up for non-conference (Feb. 14 on the road). That will be a tough game.”
Pine River is 2-1 overall and played home Tuesday in Highland Conference action against defending Class C state runners-up McBain.
“We saw a lot of good things,. Christmas time, it’s always tough,” said Pine River coach Scott Benson, adding that with some players gone on vacations, “it’s tough to get into the flow of things. “The kids that have been here are the kids we’re going with. We have to work with those other groups. It’s going to be a big game against McBain.”
Pine River plays at Marion this Friday.
“We actually played well,” Benson said of the scrimmage. “The first one against, Reed City, they got us by 10 or 12 and then we got them by 10 or 12 the second time.”