Reed City boys set to take on challenging schedule

SAMUELS
SAMUELS

REED CITY —  Provided the weather clears up, the Reed City Coyotes boys basketball team is looking at a grueling schedule in upcoming weeks.

Reed City played Morley Stanwood on Tuesday and is scheduled to host Lakeview Wednesday this week in a makeup game and then play Friday at Holton.

A game against Big Rapids was snowed out last Friday.

“We have not had three games in a week yet,” Coyote coach Dean McGuire said on Sunday. “But we’re going to have three weeks of three games now.”

One consolation for the Coyotes is most of the other teams it faces will find itself in the same boat. Being able to use more players will be essential.

“You have to, in my opinion,” McGuire said, while acknowledging that finding out the day of a game that it’s been cancelled is understandably disappointing for players and coaches. “I think it’s a little bit of a letdown. More importantly, when you’re preparing for a team, like Big Rapids, they’re also preparing for us, and they’re trying to take away what we do and we’re trying to take away what they do.

“Now all that’s out the window because we’re focusing (on another opponent). Then we have to change our practice plans. In the meantime, we have to prepare for Lakeview but we couldn’t look past Morley Stanwood.”

Holton will be a tough road opponent “but at least we have Thursday practice to prepare for what Holton does,” McGuire. “You want to do what you do best, but you also want to know what other teams do well so you can try to somewhat take that away from them the best you can.”

The Coyotes picked up an 84-69 Central State Activities Association (CSAA) victory on Tuesday night (Jan. 21) over White Cloud on the road.

The Coyotes got 27 points from Chad Samuels, 18 from Dean Eichenberg and 13 points and 16 rebounds from Chris Barton.

The Coyotes were without their point guard Josh Saez and had a hobbled Kyle Wright, but Wright still managed 13 boards for Reed City in the win.

Reed City improved to 6-1 overall and 5-1 in the conference.