Packers’ trio too much for Coyotes in 65-58 non-conference loss

REED CITY — Reed City’s boys basketball team played with plenty of heart and energy in spurts, but the Coyotes ran into a three-headed monster against Fremont in a 65-58 nonconference loss on Tuesday.

Fremont’s trio of guards Mike Siegel and Dylan Krim and big man Blake Siersma were able to break down the Coyotes’ defensive pressure, combining for 60 of the Packers’ 65 points to improve to 12-7.

After falling behind by double digits early, Reed City showed plenty of heart and hustle in climbing back to with one at the half, but the Packers’ ability to handle pressure and get to the basket off dribble penetration was enough to earn a victory.

Reed City coach Dean McGuire was particularly impressed with Siegel and Krim, who broke down the defense while finishing at the basket throughout.

“Those were two of the better guards we’ve seen all year,” he said. “They both can shoot it and get to the basket. They were tough to guard.”

After Krim hit a triple to close out the first quarter at 21-10, Reed City began to claw its way back into the game behind good shooting from the Perimeter. Chad Samuels hit a jumper, a pair of triples and then scored of a Coyotes steal to cut the Packers’ lead to 32-20 with a minute left in the half.

Dean Eichenberg hit his second triple of the quarter to give Reed City a 33-32 lead before Siegel ended the half with a bucket to give his team a one-point lead.

McGuire said his team did a better job of getting out and running in the second quarter, outscoring the Packers 23-13 in the frame.

“I think we were getting a little robotic on offense, which made us a little slow,” he said. “We’re at our best when we get up and down the floor. To their credit, they’re just as athletic, if not more, than we are. So give them credit, they’re a good team.”

Fremont coach Pete Zerfas credited his guards for handling Reed City’s full court pressure throughout the course of the game.

“We hit a couple of threes early, but we also got some rebounds,” he said. “I think what helped us early was that we were able to break their traps and double teams. Our off guard that wasn’t covered flashed to the ball and we were able to attack out of that.”

Fremont’s trio, Zerfas said, has made a big difference in helping the team win eight out of its last 10 games.

“Mike Siegel had a great game handling the pressure and getting to the basket,” he said. “So did Dylan Crim. Blake Siersma, our big man, has been injured the last four weeks — he’s starting to play really well. We’re starting to develop.”

Both teams struggled offensively in the third quarter, with the exception of Siegel, who led the Packers with 25 points to go with 11 rebounds. Krim added 18 points, while Siersma had 17 points and 11

rebounds.

Reed City got great efforts from Samuels, who led the Coyotes with 16 points, while Kyle Wright scored 11 points to go with seven rebounds. Eichenberg added 11 points, hitting three triples in the loss.

“Kyle Wright’s energy the last two weeks has been outstanding,” McGuire said. “Chad, in my opinion, has been hurt all year, he’s been sick ... he’s a different player now that he’s healthy. He played his heart out (Tuesday), I’m proud of that boy.”

Reed City made a run in the fourth quarter to get within 53-50 with about four minutes to go, thanks to a pair of buckets by Samuels, but the Packers were able to knock down their free throws down the stretch to secure the win.

Reed City closes out the regular season on Saturday at home against Lakeview.