Reed City boys fall to Clare 54-36 after break

REED CITY - After nearly an entire month removed from high school basketball, the Reed City boys basketball team resumed its campaign with a 54-36 loss at the hands of the Clare Pioneers on Tuesday night, Jan. 7

Tight defense and inaccurate shooting were the themes of the first quarter for both sides, with the Pioneers going on top 10-9 after eight minutes of action.

Clare's offense improved with the onset of the second quarter and the Pioneers went on a 10-3 run that took up nearly the entirety of the frame until RC converted a free-throw with 1:33 remaining before halftime.

Going into the locker room at the half, Reed City trailed 23-16 after stringing together a couple of positive offensive possessions.

Points were not easy to come by in the second half for Reed City, as the Coyotes managed to score just two points in more than four minutes of game time and struggled to put together any fruitful possessions on offense.

RC trailed 36-21 after three quarters and couldn't mount a comeback in the last quarter, which allowed Clare to extend its lead to 20 points with less than sixty seconds remaining in regulation.

Zac Saez and Payton Hansen had 10 points apiece for Reed City.

"I thought our kids played really hard and they played good defense," coach Jesse Kailing said. "We just couldn't put the ball in the basket. We definitely improved from the last game. That's what we have to continue to do."