Reed City uses hot shooting on the perimeter to earn 81-60 victory

REED CITY — Morley Stanwood boys basketball coach Josh Bull put it best after his squad suffered an 81-60 Central State Activities Association (CSAA) loss to Reed City on Tuesday night: “(Reed City) lived and died on the perimeter a little bit,” Bull said. “They definitely lived (on Tuesday).” The Coyotes (7-1, 6-1 CSAA) thrived from long range, knocking down 12 3-pointers as a team on their way to a conference victory over the Mohawks (6-4, 6-3 CSAA). Reed City started quick, pushing out to a 4-0 lead on a triple from Dean Eichenberg. The Mohawks finally got on the board with Andrew Sackett and Chase Huntey both knocking down one free throw apiece, but the Coyotes, as they did all night, responded with a 3-pointer. The Coyotes hit four of their treys in the first quarter, two each from Chad Samuels and Eichenberg. The Mohawks fought back with buckets by Tim Cairnduff, but the Coyotes still had a 20-12 advantage heading into the second quarter. “Morley Stanwood has been playing very well, they beat Newaygo, who we lost to, and they played close with Big Rapids,” Reed City coach Dean McGuire said. “They had some open looks. If they knock those down, it’s a totally different game.” The second quarter was more of the same with Sackett getting an early layup down low, only to be answered by back-to-back triples from Eichenberg as part of an 8-2 run by the Coyotes to open the quarter. Both sides were playing swarming, physical defense, but Morley Stanwood simply couldn’t finish on offense. “I thought we got great looks, we just didn’t make our shots,” Bull said. “Reed City played well defensively, shot the ball well and they made their free throws.” The Coyotes knocked down a three with 3:30 to play in the half, pushing the score to 35-18 in favor of the Coyotes. Chase Huntey got a few tough layups to go, but the Reed City lead still sat at 15 points as the first half ended with Reed City on top, 39-24. The third quarter was when the Coyotes really ran away with the game. The Coyotes knocked down six shots from beyond the arc in the third and outscored the Mohawks 26-20. The Mohawks fought back with two treys of their own from Cairnduff, but Samuels and Eichenberg were absolutely unconscious from deep. The Coyotes and Mohawks traded buckets as time ran out in the third with a late Sackett free throw making it 65-44 with the Coyotes on top. In the fourth quarter, Reed City slowed things down and took time off the clock on offense. Cairnduff hit a few free throws to start the last period, but the lead was still 17. With under four minutes to go, Cairnduff hit his third triple of the evening to make it 72-57, but the Mohawks couldn’t make the shots required for a comeback. A basket from Nic Huntey made it 73-60, but 13 points is as close as the Mohawks would get. Both sides went to the bench with two minutes left in the game as time ticked away with Reed City taking an 81-60 conference win on its home floor. The Coyotes had three players in double figures with 26 points and three treys from Samuels, 17 points and five threes from Eichenberg and 15 points from Wright. The Mohawks had two players with over 20 points with a 24-point night from Chase Huntey and a 22-point game for Cairnduff, but only five players got into the scorebook for the Mohawks as they struggled on offense. “Chase is kind of our Mr. Everything. He’s the glue on our defense that keeps our team together,” Bull said. “As a coach, I communicate to him and Tim (Cairnduff). They are a big reason why we’ve had success this season. The effort was there (Tuesday), but Reed City made their shots and their big contributors played well.” “Any time you get a win against Morley Stanwood, it’s a good thing,” McGuire said. “We knew they were going to come in prepared, so I’ll take away the fact that we beat a good team on our floor.” Reed City won’t have much time to celebrate as the Coyotes take on Lakeview in a makeup game tonight in Reed City. The Mohawks will try to bounce back on Friday at Hesperia. REED CITY 81, MORLEY STANWOOD 60 RC 20 19 26 17 - 81 MS 12 12 20 16 - 60 REED CITY (7-1, 6-1 CSAA) PJ Jones 0(1) 3, Derek Lodholtz 1-2 1, Nolan Patterson 2(1) 0-2 7, Chris Barton 1-2 1, Chad Samuels 6(3) 5-7 26, Kyle Wright 4 7-11 15, Dean Eichenberg 0(5) 2-2 17, Eric Grannis 1(2) 8, TJ Patterson 1 1-1 3 MORLEY STANWOOD (6-4, 6-3 CSAA) Mike Carey 1 1-2 3, Tim Cairnduff 2(3) 9-10 22, Chase Huntey 8(1) 5-7 24, Nic Huntey 1 3-4 5, Andrew Sackett 2 2-4 6