Coyotes take care of Hesperia, Holton
REED CITY — Reed City’s boys basketball team fired out to huge leads in both halves and finished off Holton Friday night in Central State Activities Association action 74-31.
The first half was in contrast to early-game struggles Reed City had at Holton earlier in the season in a Coyote victory.
The Coyotes led 24-0 in the first quarter before Holton scored.
Chad Samuels netted three triples to lead the Coyote assault in the first quarter while Dakota Saez added two treys. It was 28-8 going into the second quarter.
The Coyotes emptied their bench in the second quarter. Glen Ryder led a balanced attack with four points in the period.
“They played us tough at their place,” said Reed City coach Jesse Kailing. “They made it hard for us to guard them. We did a better job man-to-man switching off on them. Our kids came out and played with great intensity tonight. We didn’t do that at their place.”
Leading at halftime 46-15, the Coyotes put the game away with a 15-0 run to open the second half which was played with a running clock the rest of the way.
Samuels added eight points for the Coyotes in the third.
Brock Kelly scored Holton’s first basket of the second half with 1:20 left in the third with Reed City leading 61-15. It was 63-22 going into the final quarter.
“We came out and hit everything we shot,” said Coyote junior Ryan Willis. “We came out cold against Hesperia (Tuesday) but not this game.”
Samuels led the winners with 21 points. Jacob Vincent added 12 points.
The Coyotes again played without starter Ricky Droke who is sidelined with a back injury. “I’m thinking he’ll be back for next Friday’s game,” Kailing said.
But the other Coyotes stepped up on Friday.
“Trevor Mund has come in, doesn’t fill up the stat sheet but does a great job of getting to where you’re suppose to be and doing things the right way,” Kailing said.
The Coyotes, 9-2 in the league and 10-3 overall, were at home Tuesday in CSAA action with Morley Stanwood, which defeated Reed City last month.
“Ever since our first game with Morley, we’ve stepped up and have played hard every game,” Willis said prior to the game. “This time, we have to keep our composure. Last game it got to us. We’ll have Jared (Holmquist) this game and that will help.”
Holmquist missed the first game with Morley Stanwood because of an injury.
On Feb. 1, the Coyotes defeated Hesperia 70-45 after taking a 39-25 halftime lead. Holmquist had 20 points and nine rebounds while Jake Vincent had 11 points and seven boards, Garrett Benson 10 points and Shawn Woodside and Michael Bradford eight points apiece.