Reed City boys scores first win

STANTON — Reed City trailed 45-36 going into fourth quarter but came back to tie it 53-53 after regulation and pulled out the 75-67 victory in the second overtime against Central Montcalm in Central State Activities Association Gold Division boys basketball action on Friday.

Trent Sturgell had 17 points for the Coyotes while Brandon Evans had 16, Cody Kailing, 14, Karsten Koopman 11 and Phillip Jones 10.

“We made a big run in the fourth quarter to tie it up and could have won it in regulation,” Reed City coach JJ Eads said. “Central Montcalm jumped out to leads in both overtimes but we came back in the second overtime.”

Reed City (1-7, 1-6) was at Pine River Tuesday night and is at Newaygo on Friday.

Meanwhile Reed City was hoping to hand Big Rapids its first loss of the season on Jan. 17

But Christian Hector and friends had other plans.

Hector had 11 points in the first quarter and 30 overall to lead the Cardinals (7-0, 5-0) to a 94-56 CSAA win on Wednesday over Reed City (0-6, 0-5)

Hector scored 20 points in the first half. His triple gave Big Rapids a 22-9 lead late in the first quarter, which ended at 26-14.

Koopman hit seven points and Kailing and Jones both scored 3-pointers in the second quarter to keep the Coyotes close. Hector scored inside late in the half to give Big Rapids a 44-31 lead at halftime.

Reed City scored the first three points of the third quarter. But Hector and friends continued to hit their shots and a bucket by Braeden Childress late in the quarter made it 66-43 going into the fourth.

Kailing had a pair of 3-pointers for Reed City early in the fourth. Childress had a breakaway slam dunk at 4:15 of the quarter for a 82-54 advantage.

“The fourth quarter has hurt us all season,” Eads said. “Give Big Rapids credit for that tonight.”

Childress and Demetri Martin added 21 points apiece for Big Rapids. Hector also had 13 boards while Martin added 10 and Childress eight.

Eads was encouraged with his team hanging tough going into the third quarter. But Big Rapids proved to have too many weapons.

“Overall we knew Demetri is a special ballplayer,” Eads said. “Then Hector started shooting the ball like that.”

Kailing had 21 points and Koopman 18 for Reed City. They and other Reed City players showed encouraging signs on offense to Eads.