Reed City boys explode over Holton
REED CITY — It’s true, basketball is a four-quarter sport.
But Reed City exploded in the first and third quarters with 25 points in each and humbled Holton 77-49 Wednesday in boys basketball Central State Activities Association action.
Ryan WIllis scored 14 points while Nolan Patterson and Josh Saez scored 11 apiece for the Coyotes.
Brad Eplett led Holton with 17 points.
It wasn’t the total team type of effort Reed City coach Dean McGuire would have preferred.
“We came out against Central Montcalm on Monday and I thought we played one of our best games of the season,” McGuire said. “(Wednesday), all the kids agreed in the lockerroom, I didn’t say a word, that it wasn’t their best effort. Whenever that happens, you have to give the other team credit.”
Leading 35-23 at halftime the Coyotes upped that to 13 points on a three by Chad Samuels to open the third. Patterson had a triple and a field goal in the third to spark the hosts to a 45-33 lead. Patterson stole the ball and passed to Ryan Willis for a layup and 47-33 lead at 3:05. Dean Eichenberg’s putback at 1:09 gave the Coyotes a 54-33 lead. His two free throws moments later made it 58-33.
The Coyotes tightend up their defense and forced Holton into several turnovers including five-second violations. It was 60-35, Reed City, going into the third.
Kyle Wright scored inside at 5:40 for a 66-40 Reed City lead. Willis had two straight buckets for a 70-40 lead at 4:20.
The Coyotes had a strong first quarter to build a 25-13 lead but had offensive struggles in the second quarter to allow Holton to hang around and trail 35-25 at halftime.
Patterson netted six points in the first quarter to ignite the Coyote offense in the early going. Ricky Droke scored off his own steal and later added a 3-pointer for a 21-13 lead.
Wright passed to Dean Eichenberg for a layup early in the second quarter. Josh Saez connected off the fast break at 1:05 for a 33-23 Reed City advantage.
“They sat in that zone and really packed it in,” McGuire said. “We turned it over too many times against their zone.”
“In the second quarter we didn’t really hustle,” said Eichenberg. “”But we picked it up at the end.”
Holton falls to 1-13 and 1-15.
“That’s the best we’ve played in a few weeks,” said Holton coach Derek Westerlund. “But the turnovers got to us. We got tired in the third quarter. It went from an 8-point lead to 25 in a matter of four minutes. And they played well in the second half.”
Reed City improved to 10-7 overall and 10-6 in the league.
The Coyotes had 37 rebounds, led by Willis with nine and Eichenberg with five. Wright contributed eight steals and six assists. Saez added six assists.
Reed City’s final home game is Saturday against Lakeview to close the regular season.