Jones set to have solid senior season for Reed City boys basketball

REED CITY    Andre Jones was expected to be a major force in his senior season for the Reed City Coyotes boys basketball team.

So far, that's turned out to be the case.

Jones has been among the team's leading scorers in a 3-1 start. He scored 17 points in a 73-66 nonleague victory over Evart. He also had 15 points in a 65-63 overtime victory against Newaygo prior to the winter break.

The first week of the season, Jones had 12 points in a 72-58 loss to Cadillac. Three nights later, he played a critical role in a 72-70 win over Tri County. In that game, he hit three free throws and a layup and added a steal and had 15 points.

"I was trying to be a leader and trying to get the win," Jones said after the Tri-County game. "I wanted to get the ball at the end."

Even after that particular win in only the second game of the season, Jones realized there was still plenty to work on for his team.

"We'll celebrate this win tonight and work hard tomorrow," he said.

In the loss to Cadillac, Jones acknowledged the Coyotes knew just about every game could be a battle this season.

"We need to move the ball better on offense and work hard," he said. "We have to look for good shots and get our feet set when we take our shots."

It's Jones' third year on the varsity.

"I'm most definitely trying to be a leader now that I'm a senior," he said. "I'm trying to get these guys to know that we have to come out in every game and work hard, even in practice."

Jones' main assets to the team include ball handling, passing and shooting.

"We definitely have a lot to improve on and we'll get better throughout the season," he said.

When January comes, the Coyotes, 2-0 in the CSAA, will continue their pursuit of a title. They have a nonleague game at Fremont on Jan. 5 and will then resume league play.