Reed City boys fall to Newaygo after defeating Morley Stanwood

REED CITY —  The Reed City Coyotes bowed to Newaygo Friday, falling to a 6-7 record in Central State Activities Association (CSAA) Gold Division boys basketball play.

Newaygo was led by Ben Wolford’s 14 points as Reed City was led by Andre Jones’ 13 points.

The Coyotes conference record falls to 4-4.

Reed City was home with Lakeview on Tuesday. The Coyotes play at Clare Wednesday for a non-league game and resume conference action Tuesday at home with Grant.

Meanwhile, despite sloppy play, the Reed City boys basketball team beat Morley Stanwood 66-53 Tuesday, (Feb. 3) advancing to 6-6.

Reed City was able to control the scoreboard throughout the contest as the Mohawks never held a lead in the game.

“I thought Reed City executed perfectly,” Morley Stanwood coach Josh Bull said after the game. “I felt like we had to challenge their guards.”

Reed City coach Dean McGuire expressed his displease with the continuity of his team.

“That was not our best game,” McGuire said. “Part of that’s on me, but we were just off, out of sync the whole night.”

Reed City junior guard Matt Mund was able to give the Coyotes their initial spark in the first quarter, knocking down a 3-pointer and gaining the lead at 5-2.

Both teams struggled to convert on shot opportunities throughout the first quarter. Morley Stanwood sophomore Nic Huntey, though, was able to knock down a mid-range shot from the top of the key to draw the Mohawks closer.

Reed City led at the end of the first quarter 15-8.

In the second, Morley Stanwood junior guard Mike Carey nailed a 3-pointer early on to put the game at 17-11.

Reed City held on to its lead through the second quarter despite sloppy ball-handling. The Coyotes turned the ball over three straight times in the latter part of the second. The scoreboard read 31-20 at the half in favor of Reed City.

Coyotes’ forwards Chris Barton and Taylor Pelton found success down low in the third, keeping busy rebounding and scoring in the paint. The duo’s effort helped put the Coyotes up 41-27 late in the third.

Both teams traded shots throughout the final quarter, but the late defensive play by Pelton helped seal the win for the Coyotes. Pelton pulled down three defensive rebounds in succession in the final minutes of the contest.

“One thing they did exceptionally well was closing the fourth quarter,” Bull said. “I think that when things aren’t going your way, you need to show some composure. They were able to capitalize in the first half, and likewise in the second.”

“Morley Stanwood did a good job spreading us out,” McGuire said. “I don’t want to take anything away from (Morley Stanwood), but we just weren’t clicking.”