Jones off to strong start for Reed City basketball team

REED CITY — Andre Jones has shown early in the boys basketball season that he’s likely to be a very productive scorer for the Reed City Coyotes.

He’s in his first varsity season as a junior. In a 71-68 loss to Newaygo prior to the holiday break, Jones led his team with 20 points.

The Coyotes have started out 2-2.

“We have our spurts,” he said. “Some games go good, some go bad. We just have to come out the first half and (not just) play good the second.”

Jones and other players have been fully engulfed in basketball five weeks after ending a long football playoff run. It was expected to perhaps take awhile for the entire team to find its groove.

“We’re waiting to come together as a team,” he said, adding his role has been “to get the offense going to make plays.”

Jones has only been on the varsity four games but feels comfortable at that level.

“Shooting, passing and defense,” is what Jones indicated are among his strengths as a player. He’d like to improve on his shooting. His best shot is from the top of the key. He likes his team’s shooting potential and not just from the outside.

“We can get the boards,” he said.

The emphasis from Reed City coaches during the holiday break, Jones said, is “work hard and don’t take days off.”

The Coyotes are off until Jan. 6 when they are home against Fremont.

Contending for the Central State Activities Association and district titles are priorities for the Coyotes. They are 1-1 in the CSAA Gold Division with a loss to Newaygo. In a rematch against the Lions, “we’ll have to come out better in the first half,” Jones said.