Koopman looking to play his best basketball

Karsten Koopman (left) heads to the basket.
Karsten Koopman (left) heads to the basket.

REED CITY — Reed City senior Karsten Koopman wouldn’t mind playing the best basketball of his three-year varsity career in the final several weeks of this season.

Neither would his teammates, who are hoping to get back on the winning edge and be a major threat during the postseason.

The Coyotes defeated Central State Activities Association Gold Division foe Grant 83-81 in overtime on Friday and now has an 8-7 record and 6-4 league mark. But they had lost four straight and Koopman and his teammates were in the mood to stop the slump.

Koopman scored 31 points against Grant and had 19 points in a 60-56 loss to Clare on Feb. 6.

“We struggled sometimes and there were some calls that didn’t go our way,” Koopman said after the Clare game. “We’ve struggled but we have to overcome it. We’ve hit a rough patch the last couple of games. We have to play harder and play smarter and know our assignments and know where we’re going.”

As for his season, “I think I’m doing all right, but it’s not me that matters,” Koopman said. “It’s the team and our overall record.”

Koopman, this season, has been working toward being a player on which his team can consistently rely. Several players for the Coyotes have been contributing.

In every game especially against a powerhouse, “we have to come out right from the gun,” Koopman said. “We have to play the whole four quarters. We can’t take plays off. We have to play (well) as a team.”

Koopman said he’s been working at overcoming a sore knee that’s been bothering him in recent weeks.

“It’s getting better every day,” he said.

The Coyotes play at Chippewa Hills on Friday.