Coyotes snag pair of league wins

REED CITY — Dean McGuire is a simple guy. The Reed City boys basketball coach doesn’t try to overwhelm his players with many offensive plays or defensive systems.

Instead, he wants his team to know few plays and systems, but do them very well. On Monday, when other coaches might have tried different defenses, rotations or plays against a lesser opponent, McGuire kept doing what he wants his team to perfect.

The Coyotes rolled to an easy 79-46 victory over Hesperia while taking steps at getting better in the process. Reed City is now 4-4 overall and 4-3 in the Central State Activities Association.

“I come from the school that you don’t do a lot of things, just do the few things you do well,” McGuire said.

For the Coyotes, that means playing pressure defense and getting up and down the floor.

McGuire was happy with the end result, but believed there is room for improvement.

“We all agreed in the locker room that we have to work on defense better,” he said. “We have three guys talking on the floor and we need to have five. We also have to rebound a little better, but I thought we moved the ball better.”

The ball movement was key in the first quarter as Reed City raced to a 29-7 at the end of the first quarter and 57-18 at halftime.

The Coyotes handed out 15 assists in the game with Chad Samuels and Kyle Wright each recording four, while Nolan Patterson dished out three.

“We play well together and we are very unselfish the coach likes to say,” Patterson said.

The second half was much the same, playing pressure defense and getting out on the break.

Reed City was led by Chad Samuels with 22 points, while Ryan Willis tallied 12 and Eric Grannis and Patterson chipping in eight each. Willis also grabbed nine rebounds.

Reed City is in action Thursday when it travels to Central Montcalm.

Reed City 73, Chippewa Hills 46

REMUS -- It was a first half the Reed City Coyotes enjoyed playing. But it was one the Chippewa Hills Warriors would just as soon forget.

Chad Samuels scored 13 of his points while Jacob Vincent and Ryan Willis combined for 19 more to ignite the Coyote to a 48-27 halftime advantage and a 73-46 Central State Activities Association boys basketball victory Thursday night over the Warriors.

Samuels wound up with 19 points, while Willis had 13 and Vincent added 12.

“I’ve seen a few films on Chippewa Hills,” said Reed City coach Dean McGuire. “They play a tough man-to-man and they gave Big Rapids all they wanted at their gym here.

Big Rapids is of course having a great season. So I give our kids a lot of credit. This is as emotional as I’ve seen them all year. We had two really good days of practice and it showed (Thursday).”

Jacob Tarbell scored 15 points and Peter Lewandowski added 11 for the Warriors.

Reed City, coming off a frustrating shooting night in a loss at Lakeview Monday, came out strong against the Warriors with an effective full-court press that kept the Warriors off stride.

Willis had a 3-point play to give his team a 9-4 lead early in the quarter.

Joshua Saez had the play of the game when he took the inbounds pass with about two seconds left and at the buzzer sank a 3-pointer from just outside the mid-court line for a 25-14 lead.

“They really came out with a purpose. I was pleased with the way they came out,” McGuire said. “Chad Samuels and Josh Saez, in my opinion, were the guys up front.”