Reed City boys basketball falls to Morley Stanwood
MORLEY — Travis McCuaig and Tim Cairnduff are going to get their points for the Morley Stanwood boys basketball team.
Opponents gear up to try to stop the duo and take their chances with the other three players on the floor.
That is why Mohawks coach Josh Bull said it is important for the others on his team to step up — like Marvin Sparks and Tylor Ahrens. Bull said he has been working with the pair since the summer improving their all-around game.
That work paid off Wednesday as Morley Stanwood defeated Reed City 69-65 at Morley Stanwood High School.
The Mohawks are now 8-4 overall and 7-4 in the Central State Activities Association. The Coyotes fall to 6-6 overall and 6-5 in the league.
McCuaig (22 points) and Cairnduff (16) did their job in the scoring column. But it was Sparks and Ahrens that won Bull’s praises.
The duo combined for 19 points and six rebounds in the winning effort.
“What we are looking for them is to combine for 15 to 16 points and eight to 10 boards a game,” Bull said. “What Tylor did a good job of was getting good passes to Marvin and he would finish.”
Sparks tallied 13 points in the victory, many of which came from within the paint as the Morley Stanwood guards were able to penetrate the Reed City defense.
Though Reed City coach Dean McGuire knew how the Mohawks were going to attack, the Coyotes still couldn’t stop the dribble penetration.
Reed City took its last lead of the game at 63-62 with 1:58 remaining in regulation after a bucket by Kyle Wright.
Morley Stanwood answered as McCuaig hit a bucket to take a 64-63 advantage. The Mohawks pushed the lead to 66-63 on a pair of free throws by Cairnduff after a Reed City turnover with 31 seconds left.
The Coyotes, however, trimmed the lead back to one, 66-65 on a pair of free throws by Jacob Vincent.
After Morley Stanwood’s Chase Huntey hit on one of two free throws with 11 seconds remaining, the Coyotes had an opportunity to tie the game, but turned the ball over. Cairnduff, who picked up the loose ball, was fouled and hit a pair of free throws for the final outcome.
Reed City was led by Wright with 14 points, while Chad Samuels, who sat out the final 3:55 because of an injury, tallied 12 points. Joshua Saez netted 10 points and Vincent nine.
“I think we are a good team, but the kids don’t realize that,” McGuire said. “We didn’t bring it on the defensive end.”
After a pair of tough losses on the road last week to Lakeview and Newaygo, Bull was happy to get back on track.