Coyotes come up a play short
Reed City falls 52-51 to NewaygoREED CITY — In a close game, it comes down to making plays. Unfortunately for the Reed City boys basketball team, Newaygo made one more play down the stretch than the Coyotes did. The Lions knocked off Reed City 52-51, but not before watching a five-foot shot bounced off the rim as time expired. Newaygo is now 4-0 overall and in the Central State Activities Association. The Coyotes fell to 2-3 overall and 2-2 in the league. “(Reed City) gave themselves a good chance to win and had some nice execution down the stretch,” Newaygo coach Terry Bourke said. With the score tied at 47-47 with 2:33 left in regulation, the Coyotes took a lead on a bucket by Jacob Vincent, which was answered by a field goal by Conor Bradley with two minutes remaining. Ryan Willis reclaimed the lead for Reed City, but Newaygo’s Kyle Wright hit a bucket and made a free throw with 40 seconds remaining to give the Lions a 52-51 advantage. The Coyotes took a shot at the lead, but missed and the rebound went out of bounds on Newaygo. Reed City then took a timeout with 3.6 seconds left with the ball underneath its own bucket. A lob pass went to the Coyotes’ Kyle Wright, who put up the short jumper in the paint, but it bounced off the rim. Vincent grabbed the offensive rebound, but he couldn’t get the shot off as time expired. “Jake Vincent did exactly what he was supposed to do,” Reed City coach Dean McGuire said. “He set the screen and went to the opposite side to get a rebound and you can argue all day if he got hammered or not.” The Coyotes came out on all cylinders to open the game. Reed City attacked the Lions’ 2-3 zone and grabbed a 19-7 lead late in the first quarter. Newaygo would trail 19-12 at the intermission and eventually tie the game at 23-23 with three minutes remaining in the half. The Lions led 25-23 at halftime. “(Newaygo) came out and sat in the 2-3 and we were able to attack the basket,” McGuire said. “Then they went to a 1-3-1 and that’s what we expected, but we didn’t attack and we didn’t have guys in the right position and it was a dogfight the rest of the way.” Though the Lions used the 1-3-1 halfcourt all season, it was more important for them Monday because Bourke felt his team didn’t have any energy. “Reed City did a good job of attacking our zone and it seemed like we didn’t have any energy,” he said. “I thought (the 1-3-1) gave us a bit more energy.” The second half turned into a game of runs. Reed City would take a 34-29 advantage late in the third quarter, only to watch Newaygo come back and lead 42-39 with six minutes remaining in regulation after starting the fourth quarter on a 10-5 run. Bradley paced the Lions with 14 points, while Max Harrington netted 10 and Wright nine. The Coyotes were led by Chad Samuels with 13 points, while Willis added 10 and Ricky Droke tallied eight. Reed City is off until Jan. 7 when it travels to Lakeview.