Reed City boys end season with loss to Cadillac

Reed City's Teddy Szymanski (32) drives to the basket against Cadillac in district play on March 23. (Herald Review/John Raffel)

Reed City's Teddy Szymanski (32) drives to the basket against Cadillac in district play on March 23. (Herald Review/John Raffel)

CADILLAC - Cadillac fired out to early leads and never looked back in defeating Reed City 55-35 on Tuesday (March 23) in a first-round game of the Division 2 boys basketball district tournament.

Cadillac defeated Big Rapids 58-38 in the regional semifinal but lost to Ludington 37-35 in the title game.

xReed City ends the season at 5-10.

"We played a good first half," Reed City coach Jesse Kailing said. "We knew we wanted to score early. They're a good defensive team. We did that in the first half. In the second half we didn't."

Connor McGowan scored just before the first quarter ended for a 13-8 Cadillac lead. Xavier Allen's triple cut the Coyote deficit to 15-11 early in the third. Cole Jenema was making it tough inside for Reed City's defense and scored for a 17-11 lead. Ty Kailing's triple for Reed City cut it to 17-14. Austin Abram had a 3-point play for Cadillac to end the second half with the hosts ahead 27-17.

A 13-7 advantage for Cadillac in the third put Reed City in a huge hole.

Jaden Montague had a scoop shot drive to the basket for a 29-18 lead midway through the fourth. Evan Borr's triple made it 32-18. McGowan drove inside twice for two buckets and a 40-20 lead late in the third.

Max Hammond and Allen scored for the Coyotes who were still facing a 40-24 deficit going into the fourth.

Allen scored early in the fourth to make it 40-28. Payton Hansen picked up his fourth foul at 4:44 and Borr's two foul shots made it 44-28. Hansen fouled out moments later, and time started running out on the Coyotes. Jones hit two free throws but Jenema scored inside for a 47-30 lead.

Borr later scored off a steal and followed that with a slam dunk and 53-34 lead at 1:30.

"They did a good job of breaking our pressure and getting some easy buckets," Kailing said. "In the first half, they went inside the middle area."

Borr had 17 points for Cadillac, Jenema 15 and Montague nine. Allen had 11 for RC, followed by Hansen (6) and Jones (6).

"I want to thank Payton Hansen, our only senior this year, for showing us great leadership," Kailing said, "and getting us through this tough COVID season. We have to get more consistent and work even harder."

"Cadillac played better than we did," sophomore Teddy Szymanski said. "The first half, we played pretty good."