Reed City boys gunning for CSAA title entering final week

REED CITY – It’s the final week of Central State Activities Association play for the Reed City boys basketball team, which is hoping to stay in first place with a pair of wins.

The league season ends at home Friday night against conference rival Lakeview.

On Friday, the Coyotes fired past Chippewa Hills 74-33 to improve to 12-2 in the league. Jared Holmquist had a big night with 19 points and 14 rebounds, followed by Dakota Saez with 17 points and Chad Samuels with 12.

“We came out ready for this game,” said Holmquist. “Our defensive intensity ... when we play hard on defense, we play better.”

The Coyotes led 36-12 at halftime.

“Right now, our kids are pretty focused on jumping out early,” said Reed City coach Jesse Kailing. “We showed great intensity and great work ethic. I’m happy the way they’ve been playing and hopefully we can continue that.

“We came out focused, I think this was our most focused game,” said senior Trevor Mund. “From start to finish, we were focused and ready to beat them. We played intense the whole game.”

Reed City won 35-34 in nonleague play at Comstock Park on Feb. 14. Holmquist scored 22 points and had 11 rebounds.

“They had really good guards,” Kailing said. “I thought the game would be in the 60s. It was a different gym. There’s no dropbacks to the basket so it was different for us. Going into the tournament run, the stretch for the conference race, it was a good game for us.”

“We were getting the ball inside,” said Mund. “We just weren’t hitting outside to make them come out and guard us to open up the inside. We played good defense and were able to win at the end. The defense is what won the game for us.”

“To score 35 points and still win ... it wasn’t a good shooting night for us but we still won,” Holmquist said.

On Tuesday, the Coyotes were at White Cloud, hoping to avenge one of two CSAA losses from earlier in the season.

“Match-up wise, they create problems for us,” Kailing said. “They’re very long. They sit in that 1-3-1 zone. Last time, we struggled against it.”

“It makes it hard to move the ball on White Cloud when they’ve got those long arms,” Mund said. “I think with the defense we’re playing, we should be able to beat them. We have to play good against Lakeview too. They could spoil our season.”

“White Cloud’s a big game since they beat us the first time,” Holmquist said. “Hopefully, we can get a payback. Lakeview should be a decent game. We’ll have to be ready to play.”