Reed City basketball teams fall to Grant
REED CITY -- With the regular season winding down and reaching its home stretch, the Reed City boys' basketball team was taken down 63-48 by the Grant Tigers Friday night at home.
Including the loss to Grant, Reed City's record is now 3-11 (3-6) on the season. The Coyotes still find themselves near the bottom of the pack in the Gold Division Central State Activities Associaton.
Friday's CSAA contest was the second meeting between the Coyotes and Tigers this season after Grant's 67-55 win in Reed City on Dec. 20.
"Basically the bottom line tonight is they made shots and we didn't," Reed City coach Jesse Kailing said after the result. "Early in the game, we really struggled to get open looks -- I thought Grant's defense was really good."
After beating the Newaygo Lions by six points in their last game on Tuesday, the Coyotes were looking to carry some momentum with them into the second of a two-game homestand.
Through the first eight minutes of action, Reed City's boys passed the ball effectively but couldn't crack double digits as they trailed 19-9 after the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the Coyotes continued to spread the ball around and get all five men on the court a touch in the offensive zone. The result was a few more open looks leading to some quality shots which weren't available at the start of the action.
Grant maintained its slowly dwindling lead and increasingly sent RC to the free-throw line as the first half reached its conclusion.
The two sides went into halftime with a fair amount of parity between them, with Grant only three possessions ahead with a 28-21 advantage.
"In the first half, we only got to the (free-throw) line twice, so that makes a big difference," Kailing said. "That tells you we weren't aggressive going to the basket."
The Coyotes didn't begin the second half the way they ended the first -- and with the third quarter more than halfway in the books, RC had scored just three points.
On top of Reed City's cold third-quarter shooting Grant found itself in the bonus prior to the end of the third quarter. Through three quarters, the Coyotes trailed 43-29.
With each Reed City foul resulting in a Grant trip to the charity stripe for the remainder of the game, the difference between the two sides on the scoreboard grew to more than 15 points.
By the five-minute mark of the final quarter, RC's deficit was threatening to balloon to 20 points.
"They're a good team and we weren't shooting the ball very well tonight; that makes for a big discrepancy," Kailing said. "The biggest thing that we're trying to do is get consistent effort. In the last five or six games, we've really done a better job of playing with consistent effort and not just in spurts."
Six games are left on the regular-season schedule and Reed City's next contest will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday (Feb. 14) against the Howard Tri County Vikings.
The Coyotes were victorious against the Vikings 75-61 on Jan. 10 in Reed City.
Scoring for Reed City were Payton Hansen (12), Zac Saez (11), Alex Wirgau (7), Canyon Reed (5), Xavier Allen (3), Chaz Davis (3), Jeffrey Samuels (3), Landen Tomaski (2) and Darrin Halladay (2).
The Coyote ladies were defeated 47-36 by the visiting Tigers, suffering their second loss of the season to Grant.
It's the sixth loss in-a-row for Reed City's girls.
Seniors Taylor Harrison and Paige Lofquist each posted 11 points to lead RC in the losing effort. They each converted one shot from three-point distance.
Alaina Stein scored eight points for the Coyotes and made a pair of 3-pointers. Alison Duddles had four points and Christina Malackanich scored two.