Reed City boys stop Grant in overtime

Zac Saez goes to the basket.
Zac Saez goes to the basket.

REED CITY — Reed City (8-7, 6-4) scored on a Cody Kailing drive with one second left in overtime for Friday’s 83-81 Central State Activities Association Gold Division overtime win.

It was 37-37 at halftime and 58-52 after the third quarter. Karsten Koopman had 31 points, followed by Kailing with 18, Zac Saez with 12 and Phillip Jones with 10.

Earlier in the week, on Tuesday, Feb. 6. It wasn’t a conference game, but both Clare and Reed City wanted to gain some momentum going into the final weeks of their respective conference boys basketball schedules.

Clare (11-3) prevailed 60-56 in the non-league game over Reed City/

“It was good competition for us,” Reed City coach JJ Eads said. “They’re 11-3 and in second place in the Jack Pine Conference. We can play with them. They’re a balanced team. We are too. We have to figure out a couple of things.’

Clare led throughout the first quarter. Koopman had a putback at the buzzer to cut the Pioneer lead to 25-19.

Anthony Pelton scored early in the second quarter to give Reed City a 28-27 lead.

Clare came back and was up 36-31 at halftime.

Phillip Jones hit a 3-pointer and Koopman scored inside to help Reed City tie the game 38-38 to open the third. Clare went up 44-39 later in the quarter before Preston Johnson scored inside. It was 48-44, Pioneers going into the fourth.

Smith scored inside at 5:55 for a 52-44 Clare advantage.

Cody Kailing’s putback made it 56-54, Clare with less than two minutes to play. Smith scored for Clare but Koopman hit for Reed City, making it 58-56, Clare, with 58 seconds to play. Brenden Sersaw had two free throws at 0:30 for a 60-56 Pioneer lead.

“It was 24-8 on fouls and that’s pretty tough to overcome,” Eads said. “But I thought our kids played through a lot of stuff tonight. We fought back at the end.”

Koopman had 19 points and Kailing 17 for Reed City while Preston Johnson added eight.

“We’ve struggled but we have to overcome it,” Koopman said. “We have to play harder and smarter and know our assignments.”

Smith had 24 points for Clare.

“He’s their leading scorer,” Eads said. “He s great around the rim and knows how to finish is a great offensive rebounder. The guys needed to get him out o the lane on the box out.”

Reed City is at Chippewa Hills on Friday