REED CITY — The first time Reed City faced Big Rapids in boys basketball, it was a 54-53 thriller last month with the Coyotes prevailing.

Friday’s rematch is at Reed City with all the potential for another nailbiter.

Coyote coach Dean McGuire said another down-to-the-wire battle wouldn’t be surprising against Big Rapids.

“We scouted them Friday against Tri County,” he said.  “Demitri Martin was tough for them.”

Martin scored 35 points against Tri County.

The Coyotes last season won at Big Rapids but lost to the Cards on their home court. This time, Reed City is looking for a 2-0 regular-season sweep over its arch-rival.

Friday’s game will be a part of a doubleheader with the Reed City-Big Rapids girls tipping off at 5:30 p.m.

Mykel Dillard powered the Coyotes with 18 points, while Taylor Pelton added 15 points on Feb. 11 in a 73-64 win at Clare. Andre Jones chipped in 14 points.

Clare will host Reed City and other teams in the Class B district in March.

In a foul-filled affair, the Reed City boys basketball team eked out a 68-66 win over visiting Lakeview on Tuesday (Feb. 10).

Down by three with 30 seconds left, Lakeview had two opportunities to tie, but airballed both 3-point attempts.

Jones converted 1 of 2 free throws with 16 seconds to go, Lakeview senior Caleb Ruvalcaba drilled a triple to cut the deficit to 67-66. There was only one second left on the clock and the Wildcats did not get an opportunity for the tie or win.

“It’s a very good win because we came out tough and outworked them,” said Jones, who scored all nine of his points in the fourth quarter. “That’s a great basketball team, and we came out and we competed.”

The game got chippy in the second half with several technical fouls called. Lakeview senior Nate Shurlow was ejected at the 5:58 mark of the fourth quarter with his team down 55-50. He finished with 10 points.

McGuire said he didn’t see exactly what happened, but acknowledged it was a huge loss for the Wildcats.

“That Shurlow kid is one of the best players we have in either of the CSAA leagues,” McGuire said. “He’s a strong kid.”

McGuire said he told his team to stay composed and to not get caught up in the stuff it can’t control.

“I was proud of the way our kids responded to that,” McGuire said. “I didn’t want our kids to respond negatively, and they played with class. It was a good high school basketball game.”

After six lead changes in the first five minutes of the third quarter, Reed City took the lead for good late in the third on a Dillard 3-pointer. Dillard had a team-high 22 points.

“He was in attack mode, and when he’s in attack mode, he’s a real good player,” McGuire said.

Nolan Patterson added 14 points for the Coyotes, and Chris Barton scored 10.

“We should have three players in double digits,” McGuire said. “When you see us do well, that is when we have three or four players in double digits.”

Ruvalcaba had a game-high 24 points, while teammate John Zuluaga-Torres chipped in 14 points.

Dillard scored seven straight points in less than a two minute span to put the Coyotes ahead 19-18 with 5:40 to play in the half.

Reed City went on a late run to take a 27-26 lead into halftime.

The Coyotes are 8-7.

Herald-Review sportswriter John Raffel contributed to this report.