Coyotes stun Wildcats

Reed City gives Lakeview its first loss of the season, 77-62

REED CITY — The race in the Central State Activities Association (CSAA) for boys basketball is up for grabs. Chad Samuels scored 37 points Wednesday night to lead Reed City past league-leader and previously unbeaten Lakeview, 77-62. The Coyotes, playing their second game in two nights, improved to 7-1 in the CSAA and 8-1 overall. Samuels, who hit 37 against Cadillac in the season opener, scored 22 of his points in the first half, which ended in a 40-33 Reed City lead. “They knew coming in they had to stop Chad,” said Reed City coach Dean McGuire. “He had 37, that’s pretty impressive. Our zone offense, they had a hard time matching up.” “My teammates, they do everything that’s possible,” Samuels said. “It’s always great when you have five good players on the floor at the same time. It’s hard to guard them.” The first quarter set the stage for a fast-paced game. The Coyotes netted four 3-pointers including three by Samuels, who scored 13 points in the first eight minutes. Kyle Wright drove for a basket late in the quarter and moments later got the steal and pass to Samuels for a layup and a 20-16 lead going into the second. “Dean Eichenberg is a huge threat there too that they have to honor,” McGuire said. “They covered Dean which left Chad open. When they sunk to the corner for Chad, that left things open for Dean.” “He was outstanding, no doubt about that,” said Lakeview coach Mike Schreiber.”They penetrate well on offense. We weren’t covering the floor well enough.” P.J. Jones had a 3-pointer early in the second for a 27-20 Coyote lead. Josh Saez’s triple followed by a Samuels basket, made it 32-22 at 6:05. Shawn Lindsey hit a triple and two free throws to keep Lakeview in touch, trailing 35-31 at 3:40. Samuels’ nine points in the second sparked the hosts to a seven-point halftime lead. Samuels had two baskets early in the third to give the hosts a 46-37 lead. Lindsey scored late in the quarter for Lakeview, cutting the Coyote advantage to 51-46 going into the fourth. Kyle Wright’s 3-point play at 6:10 made it 58-50. Lindsey fouled out at 5:57 and the Lakeview bench was whistled for a technical. Samuels’ 3-pointer at 4:32 gave the Coyotes a 63-52 lead. Eichenberg scored on a pass from Wright moments later. Wright fouled out with 3:46 to play with 13 points. Neither team was hitting free throws very well late in the game but it especially proved costly for Lakeview. The Coyotes weren’t able to put the game away as Lakeview was forced to foul with the clock winding down precious seconds. Chris Barton rebounded a missed Coyote free throw and had the putback for a 67-55 lead at 2:39. Eichenberg’s two free throws made it 69-55 at 2:17. Saez’s two free throws at 1:55 made it 71-58. Samuels scored off the glass for a 73-62 lead at 1:10. Eichenberg rebounded at the other end to secure the Coyote win. Saez scored 11 points for the Coyotes. “They killed us in rebounds,” McGuire said. “Lakeview did a fabulous job on the boards. They beat us up pretty good. The key for us was attacking the basket. They had really a hard time staying in front of us. We’re a tough team. When you have Josh, Chad and Kyle, they’re tough to stay in front of.” Wright had six boards and four assists for Reed City. Eichenberg had three steals. “Chad had the hot hand, we got him the ball,” McGuire said.”When Dean has the hot hand we give him the ball. When Kyle has a mismatch, we give him the ball. We do a good job of recognizing where we have the advantage.” This game was rescheduled from bad weather earlier in the season. The two teams play again on Feb. 7 in Lakeview. Nate Shurlow led Lakeview, 7-1 in the league, 8-1 overall, with 18 points. “Lakeview’s very talented and we knew that going in,” McGuire said. “They have a very nice club led by Nate Shurlow and Shawn Lindsey. Those two are a handful to guard.Their role players do a nice job too.” Reed City plays at Holton in CSAA action Friday night. “I think we said from the beginning, you have Lakeview, Newaygo, Big Rapids and Reed City, those four teams,” McGuire said. “With that, Chippewa Hills and Morley Stanwood are always competitive. Those two teams are in there too.” REED CITY 77, LAKEVIEW 62 Lakeview 16 17 13 16 — 62 Reed City 20 20 11 26 — 77 Reed City (8-1, 7-1 CSAA) Josh Saez 0(3) 2-3 11, Chad Samuels 9(5) 4-9 37, Kyle Wright 6 1-1 13, Derek Lodholtz 1 0-0 2, Derek Eichenberg 2 2-2 6, Chris Barton 2 0-0 4, P.J. Jones 0(1) 0-2 3, T.J. Patterson 0 1-2 1. Totals 20 (9)10-19 77.