Coyotes get set for home game with Newaygo Friday

REED CITY — Reed City’s boys basketball team entered this week with a 2-0 record after victories over Cadillac and Morley Stanwood.

The Coyotes were home Tuesday night against Holton and are at Newaygo Friday night in two CSAA games.

They are off after this week until Jan. 7 when they host Lakeview.

Reed City came out with a fast and furious attack to open the boys basketball season Tuesday night against Cadillac.

At the end, it was just enough to top Cadillac 76-75.

Senior Chad Samuels netted seven 3-pointers on his way to a career-high 37-point night, along with nine rebounds to lead the Coyotes who overcame major foul trouble and a furious last second Cadillac comeback bid.

Cadillac had 21 free throws but the Coyotes scorched the nets with 12 3-pointers.

“Where do I start?” said Reed City coach Dean McGuire.” I thought we came out really focused and ready to go. We got off to a really nice start, then we got into major foul trouble. I don’t know how many free throws they made. That’s way too many fouls. That’s not even close to being appropriate.”

Three Coyotes fouled out.

Kyle Wright had nine points and added 11 rebounds plus five steals.

Samuels’ previous high was 25 points as a sophomore.

“I couldn’t have done it without my teammates,” Samuels said. “They clogged the lanes, Cadillac played great defense. I couldn’t have done it without (his teammates) kicking it out. I was wide open every time.”

“When you have a group of seniors like we do, I think Chad sensed we were in major foul trouble and he had to step up,” McGuire said. “Boy did he ever. It’s one of the best performances I’ve ever seen on the high school level to put a team on your back. Also, there’s Kyle Wright, Dean Eichenberg and Josh Saez before he fouled out...P.J. Jones came in and played fantastic for us.”

The Vikings were state semifinalists in Class B last season after beating Big Rapids in the Class B state quarterfinals. It also marked the first time in nine seasons Reed City has defeated Cadillac.

The Coyotes played up-tempo from the start, and it worked for a 21-10 first quarter lead, although the Vikings started taking advantage of their many free-throw opportunities and cut it to 35-31 at halftime.

Reed City was 2-of-3 in free throws in the first half while the visitors were 9-of-13.

Derek Lodholtz netted two layups to open the game while Samuels canned three triples and Josh Saez hit one for Reed City’s big first quarter.

But the aggressive Coyote defense also sent the Vikings to the line in the second quarter and cut the deficit to four at halftime. Dean Eichenberg hit two treys and Lodholtz had one to keep the Coyotes ahead.

Wright hit two free layins to start the second half in a 39-31 Reed City lead and Eichenberg followed with a 3-pointer. Samuels hit a three at 6:12 for a 45-31 lead. But the Vikings were able to cut the lead with their free throws as the Coyotes’ foul troubles continued. Saez drew a technical for his fifth foul late at 3:19. Ethan Myer’s 3-point play for the Vikings cut the gap to 49-45 with two minutes to play.

P.J. Jones netted a triple with 30 seconds to play for a 54-50 Reed City advantage. Samuels had a baseline drive to give Reed City a 56-50 lead at the buzzer.

Samuels opened the fourth quarter with a triple. Samuels also had a triple at 4:50 for a 65-54 Reed City edge and followed with a drive moments later. Cadillac started to apply full-court pressure. With 2:24 to play, Jalen Brooks hit two free throws on a foul by T.J. Patterson and two more after Patterson was called for a technical, cutting the Coyote lead to 69-62. Wright padded the lead to nine with two free throws. Justin Liptak’s putback for Cadillac cut it to seven. Samuels hit two free throws at 1:05 to give Reed City a 73-66 lead. Andrew Emington drove for a bucket and cut the Reed city lead to 73-68 with 52.5 seconds to play.

Samuels hit two free throws moments later but Ethan Myers followed with a layup. Emington hit to cut the lead to 75-72 with 24 seconds to play. But P.J. Jones was fouled and hit one foul shot. Emington hit a triple with six seconds left for a 76-75 score. Lodholtz was fouled, missed both free throws but Wright grabbed the loose ball and time expired for a one-point Coyote win.

“We knew coming in it was going to be a good game,” Wright said. “We’re going to try to be fast paced.”

“I didn’t expect it to be this high scoring but I knew Reed City was really a good team,” said Cadillac coach Jeff McDonald. “I knew Chad Samuels was really good. I don’t know if we ever had a kid score (37) against us. I give him all the credit.”

Brooks hit 21 points and Emington added 16 points for Cadillac.

“We ran out of time but at no point did we ever look like we were the better team tonight,” McDonald said. “Reed City deserved to win the game. We’ll learn a lot from this game.”