Reed City boys notch first win of season
REED CITY -- Reed City's boys basketball team broke into the win column on Friday night with a 75-61 Central State Activities Association win over Tri County.
Senior Zac Saez led the Coyotes with 26 points, followed by Payton Hansen with 13, and Landen Tomaski with 10.
Tri County led 22-18 after the first quarter. Reed City was up 41-35 at halftime and 54-49 after the third quarter.
The Coyotes had a 21-12 advantage in the fourth.
"Tri County actually came back to take the lead late in the third quarter and we went on a 12-0 run and put the game away," Reed City coach Jesse Kailing said. "It felt good to get a win. We needed it and the kids needed it for their confidence. They work really hard and they deserve it. I was proud of them tonight."
Defense was the key for the Coyotes.
"Our half-court man-to-man defense really slowed them down," Kailing said. "They were beating our press pretty easy. We just went-half court man and settled in. We really did a nice job. Zach did a nice job distributing the ball. I'll bet you he had five assists."
Saez netted two 3-pointers.
"He scored 10 from the free-throw line," Kailing said.
Reed City improved to 1-5 overall and 1-2 in the league. Tri County is 1-2 and 3-3.
Reed City is at Chippewa Hills on Tuesday.
McBain 45, Pine River 41
LEROY -- Pine River led 12-6 after the first quarter and 22-14 at halftime but McBain rallied for a 31-19 scoring advantage in the second half on Friday.
Sasha Huffman scored 15 points while Marcus Jurik had 12 points and 10 rebounds. Brian Fauble had nine rebounds and three assists.
"We played three great quarters and had phenomenal defense," Pine River coach Brian Goodenow said. "We let it get away from us a little bit in the fourth quarter. We dominated the boards in the first half. We started losing a little of that in the second half and that's when they took control.
"It was a tough game. I'm proud of my kids. Great effort."
Pine River is 3-2 overall and 1-2 in the league.