Local boys hoop teams dip into first week of play

Boys basketball teams have already tipped off their seasons and continue with key match-ups later this week.

Coach Dean McGuire made his debut as Reed City’s new skipper Tuesday night at Cadillac and action continues this week when the Coyotes play Thursday at Big Rapids in the Central State Activities Association opener. Monday, the Coyotes are home against Morley Stanwood. “We’re expecting to play a good man-to-man defense,” said McGuire about Cadillac. “We expect motion offense out of them. We’ll have to be prepared for them for sure. “We’re getting there. We’ve got a lot of growing to do. We’re getting better every practice. We’re working hard.” McGuire entered the season not sure of what his starting lineup would be. Chad Samuels and Ryan Willis saw starting time last season. Jake Vincent also saw some playing time. “We do think our best basketball is ahead of us,” McGuire said. “With that said, my expectations is that we work extremely hard and stay together.”  
EVART The Wildcats were on the road Tuesday at Farwell to open their season and will play home Thursday night against Boyne City. They play at Coleman Monday night. “Farwell had a rough year last year (at 0-21) and we don’t know a whole lot about them,” said second-year Evart coach Kris Morgan. “Talent-wise, we should be above them. I’m hoping we can work on some things before we play Boyne City. I don’t know too much about them. They should be solid.” Morgan was happy with his three-week preseason. “We got our offense down pretty well and hopefully the guys know what we’re going to run and how we’re going to run it,” Morgan said. “We’re focusing on defense and things like guarding the post.” Jared Pattee, Jon Hooker, Jake Mckinstry, Jon Hooker and Devon VanOrder all saw action from a year ago.   PINE RIVER The Bucks opened their season Monday with a victory over Harrison. Their next game is Thursday night at Brethren. They’re home next Monday against Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart. Mitch McDonald led the Bucks to an 87-36 victory over Harrison on Monday. McDonald collected 11 points, 19 assists, eight rebounds and six steals in the win. Tyler Lewis led the Bucks with 22 points, while Lincoln Erickson netted 20 points. Luke Harris also added nine points for Pine River. “I don’t know much about Brethren,” said Pine River first-year coach Brian Goodenow. “We’ve played Harrison the last few years and they’ve struggled.”