Reed City, Evart ready for more boys basketball action after busy break

REED CITY  —  Reed City and Evart’s boys basketball teams both stayed active over the holiday break with scrimmages as they get ready to return to action this week.

The Coyotes were scheduled to play Lakeview on Tuesday of this week, but it was postponed, and be at Chippewa Hills this Friday and at Hesperia next Tuesday.

Last week the Coyotes had scrimmages at Pine River on Tuesday and at Evart on Friday.

The Wildcats also scrimmaged, at home, against Baldwin and Morley Stanwood on Thursday.

“Pine River and ourselves played pretty even,” said Reed City coach Dean McGuire. “They showed against McBain (Friday) that they’re pretty good, very athletic. Overall, I was pretty pleased. I thought Pine River outhustled us a few times.”

McGuire noted he was able to have the whole team together during the break except for one player who was on vacation.

Next week, after the Hesperia game, the Coyotes play at Newaygo on Wednesday in a makeup and are home Friday, Jan. 17, with Central Montcalm.

“We want to stay sharp,” McGuire said. “I think it’s a challenge for all coaches now.”

“We got a lot accomplished,” said Coyote guard Josh Saez. “We had those two scrimmages, plus practice almost every day.”

Defense and shooting were among the points of emphasis during the practices, Saez added.

“We can get better at our press,” Saez said. “We can probably get better on shooting.”

EVART

With the postponement of Monday’s home game with Manistee, Evart has had three of its first five games called off for weather-related reasons. The Wildcats are 2-0 and waiting for game action, which now will be Thursday at Lake City and Tuesday at Manton. That factor is what made having two scrimmages last week critical for the Wildcats.

“I think we got quite a bit done,” said Evart coach Kris Morgan. “Our scrimmages the last few days of the break helped us. We played some pretty good teams. We got quite a bit done.”