Reed City boys basketball team places four on all-league list

REED CITY  —  Chad Samuels and Kyle Wright were both named to the all-CSAA boys basketball first team recently.

Also for the Coyotes, Dean Eichenberg was on the second team and Josh Saez on the honorable mention list. All four are seniors.

Samuels averaged 17.5 points a game.

“He was our leader in every sense of the word,” said Reed City coach Dean McGuire. “He’s the one guy that commanded the guys’ attention in the huddle. He’s the one that got the team started for practice. Everything started with Chad. He’s a great kid, has a very bright future ahead of him. Reed City basketball will miss him tremendously next year.”

Wright averaged a double-double for the Coyotes with 14.5 points per game, plus 10.6 rebounds and 3.5 steals.

“He was our energy guy,” McGuire said. “We knew, the coaching staff knew every night we were going to get an unbelievable effort from that young man. The only thing that stopped him from having bigger numbers, in my opinion, is he had a tendency to get into foul trouble. His minutes were limited due to foul trouble. He and Chad were our two team captains. Like Chad, Kyle will be great missed from the basketball program.”

Eichenberg “was our shooter,” McGuire said. “He shot 38 percent from 3-point land, which for high school basketball is pretty good...”

Eichenberg averaged 13.5 points per game.

“Kyle, Chad and Josh Saez could get to the basket, but teams start collapsing, so it was good to have a guy (like “Eichenberg) who could knock that (long) shot down for us,” McGuire said. “His shooting will be missed for us. He’s one heckuva player and will be sorely missed.”

Ditto for Saez who was “our best-on-the-ball defender, because of his quickness,” McGuire said. “Teams that tried to post him up because he was small for the guard spot, he gave us everything we wanted in the post and more. He handled the ball for us 90 percent of the time. Everything we did ran through him.”