Reed City boys knock off Tri County

HOWARD CITY — Reed City’s boys basketball team enjoyed an impressive effort in a 59-23 Central State Activities Association Gold Division win on Monday over winless Tri County.

Cody Kailing had 14 points and five assists for Reed City while Phillip Jones had 12 points, Trent Sturgell 11 points, Zach Saez eight points and eight rebounds and Brandon Evans six points and three blocks.

Reed City was up 35-13 at halftime.

“We were able to extend the lead,” Reed City coach JJ Eads said. “It was a strong performance.”

Reed City (3-9, 3-7) was scheduled to be at Clare on Tuesday. The Coyotes will be at Grant on Friday and are home vs. Tri County next Tuesday.

Reed City (2-9, 2-5) struggled offensively in a CSAA Gold 49-25 loss to Fremont (8-4, 5-2) on Friday.

Meanwhile, Morley Stanwood only has one blemish on its overall boys basketball record and kept it that way following a 72-44 non-league win on Jan. 31 over Reed City.

Carson Brauher scored 19 points and Nic Huntey had 17 for the Mohawks (11-1) while Dilan Hooper, Jones and Sturgell had eight apiece for Reed City (2-8).

Reed City had a 13-12 lead after the first quarter but both teams fought for the lead and momentum the entire second period. Huntey’s 3-point play gave Morley Stanwood a 26-22 lead with 2:50 left in the second quarter. Sturgell came back with a 3-point play for Reed City. Karsten Koopman scored inside for Reed City late in the half for a 29-29 tie.

Brauher had 12 points and Nic Huntey 11 in the first half for Morley Stanwood. Sturgell had eight for Reed City. Huntey’s free throw made it a 40-36 Mohawk lead at 4:21. Reed City found itself in a brief shooting slump and the visitors took advantage with a 3-pointer from Caden Dillree and two free throws by Brauher for a 46-36 lead at 1:09.

“I thought our kids stepped up their energy level,” Morley Stanwood coach Bob Raven said. “I challenged them a little bit at halftime. We came out and played some different defenses. I guess we switched up a little bit. But it was energy more than anything else.”

The lead was 49-36 after three quarters.

“Give Morley Stanwood credit, I knew they were going to adjust at halftime,” Eads said. “You have to match possessions. If they score early, we have to come back and hit something. We didn’t get shots when we needed to in that first quarter. We put in some different rotations, and nothing ever clicked in that second half.”

Dillree opened the fourth quarter with another 3-pointer. Huntey drove for a layup and 54-36 lead at 6:20 as the Coyote offense continued to struggle. Sturgell fouled out at 6:11.

“Foul trouble killed us again tonight,” Eads said. “I’m getting sick of watching opponents live at the line. I don’t understand that all the time. But you have to play through it.”

Jones broke Reed City’s lengthy scoring drought with a field goal at 4:50 but Huntey’s layup seconds later made it 60-39.

“Reed City played a very good first half and shot the ball well,” Raven said. “I thought they flat out outhustled in the first half.”