Reed City boys drop opener with Cadillac

REED CITY — Reed City puts a 1-1 record on the line at home Wednesday against Evart.

On Friday, the Coyotes are home against Central State Activities Association Gold Division foe Newaygo.

Quinn Crago proved too tough to stop as his Cadillac Vikings defeated Reed City in the boys basketball season opener for both teams 72-58 on Dec. 8

Crago, Cadillac’s 6-foot-6 senior center, scored 19 of his 38 points in the first half in spearheading the Vikings to a 32-27 lead after two quarters.

Andre Jones scored 12 points and Mykel Dillard had nine for Reed City.

Crego’s 38 was a career high. His high last season was 14 points.

“This was probably my favorite day of basketball ever,” he said. “We had a lot of other players they had to respect so they couldn’t double team me. Without the double team, I was able to post up, get the ball and put it in. Also when they would penetrate, I would relocate and then I’d be wide open.”

“We had a few defensive lapses,” Reed City coach Dean McGuire said. “It was very disappointing because we worked on that. We knew what they were going to try to go with. (Crego) beat us.”

The Coyotes opened the game aggressively with full-court pressure but couldn’t hit their shots and trailed 19-12 after the first quarter. Logan Straub hit four points to keep the Coyotes close to the Vikings, who scored the first four points of the second quarter. Crago had a 3-point play for a 32-23 lead later in the quarter. Taylor Pelton hit two shots later in the quarter to make it a five-point halftime deficit.

Crego netted five points early in the third quarter to ignite the Vikings to a 41-29 lead. Tyler Barczewski’s 3-point play gave Cadillac a 44-29 lead midway through the third. Crego scored inside for a 54-34 lead late in the third. Crego entered the fourth quarter with 31 points.

Andre Jones had a strong second half for Reed City and had a 3-point play that cut the deficit to 57-40 at 5:05. Crego’s third 3-point play of the night put Cadillac up 60-40 midway through the fourth.

The Coyotes struggled with 31 percent field goal shooting.

“I know Cadillac played tough D but we did get some open looks and open layups and we didn’t make them tonight,” McGuire said. “I don’t know how to put it into perspective on where we’re at right now. If you’re going to shoot 31 percent, don’t rebound offensively and let teams come down and score as easy as Cadillac scored, we’re going to be in trouble.”

Dillard, Karsten Koopman and Leland Yonkin had five rebounds apiece for the Coyotes.

Cadillac has been a Class B state semifinalist the last three seasons.

“Defensively, we have to pick it up,” McGuire said. “We were 22-of-60 from the field. That’s not gong to win games. There were a few good shot selections and some poor ones. We’re going to work on that.”