Coyotes fall short
Reed City’s playoff run ends with 53-50 loss to Cadillac in regional semis
KINGSLEY — Reed City’s postseason run came to a close Monday after losing to Cadillac 53-50 in a Class B regional
semifinal at Kingsley.
A late comeback fell short after the Coyotes failed to convert on a last second 3-point attempt from just beyond the arc to force overtime.
After a Reed City timeout with 9.3 seconds left, senior Nolan Patterson attempted a potential game-tying 3-pointer that rattled off the left side of the rim as time expired.
“I wouldn’t want to have played with any other guys, “ Patterson said. “I think we had them, but it was a hard game. We just came up short.”
The Coyotes regional semifinal matchup against the Vikings marked the longest postseason run for Reed City in 22 years.
It finished 14-9.
After sitting at 23-23 after two quarters, Cadillac gained a six-point advantage midway through the third. Viking senior Andrew Emington scored five straight points to give Cadillac a 41-31 lead.
“Cadillac was more physical than us,” McGuire said. “They played good defense and rebounded the heck out of the ball. You have to give Cadillac credit, they dominated us physically, and that’s frustrating. We got to the basket when it counted but we just couldn’t convert. That’s the game of basketball.”
Cadillac led 41-35 at the end of the third quarter.
“I think we matched up pretty good against (Cadillac),” Reed City senior Patrick Jobes said. “We just couldn’t execute how we could have and should have. We just have to be in attack mode all the time.”
Reed City made a push after trailing by 10 points with two minute left. Junior Mykel Dillard converted the first of two free throws. Senior Chris Barton grabbed the rebound from the second free throw and sank a put-back layup. The score cut the Coyotes’ deficit to 51-46 with 1:41 remaining.
With the game sitting at 51-48, Cadillac missed six-straight bonus free throws in the final minute.
Patterson sank a running layup to put the Coyotes within striking distance with 21 second left.
Barton led the Coyotes with 18 points, while Patterson scored 14 points. Junior guard Andre Jones had eight points.
Junior Quinn Crago led the Vikings with 16 points, while Emington scored 13 points.
“I told our kids that I am proud of every single one of them,” McGuire said. “In my opinion, it showed that one team was used to this kind of stage, but this is new for us. I think this group has laid the groundwork for future classes coming through.”
The Coyotes won their first district championship in over two decades on Friday with a 54-44 win over rival Big Rapids at Clare High School.
“This season has just started everything,” Patterson said. “It will keep going and it was an amazing feeling winning districts, and we got that done. We just came up short today.”
Cadillac moves on to play Escanaba on Wednesday for a regional championship.
McGuire said that despite losing in the regional semifinal, this season sets up the next phase for Coyote basketball.
“We have a lot of young kids talking about playing basketball now,” McGuire said.
“We have a nice youth program going. We are hoping this continues. Basketball is alive and well in Reed City.”