Reed City defeats Tri County boys

HOWARD CITY — Reed City made it a 2-0 sweep over the Tri County Vikings this season Friday night.

Andre Jones scored 18 points while Chris Barton had 13 and Mykel Dillard 11 to lead the Coyotes to a 62-50 Central State Activities Association (CSAA) Gold Division boys basketball game Friday night.

The Coyotes won at home over the Vikings earlier this season.

“Chad’s done a great job with those guys,” Reed City coach Dean McGuire said, of Tri County skipper Chad Gould. “That’s not the same team we saw back in December.”

The Coyotes built a 35-27 halftime lead. Andre Jones and Mykel Dillard both hit triples in the first quarter, which ended in an 18-14 Reed City lead.

Ryne Dailey had two 3-pointers and netted 10 points in the first quarter to keep the Vikings in the game.

Parker Schrader came off the bench to score eight points for the Vikings.

But Reed City maintained the lead, thanks to pesky defense and key shooting, including another triple by Jones. Schuyler Smith had a pair of free throws late in the second quarter to give his team a 31-18 lead. Tri County outscored Reed City 9-4 in the final two minutes of the half.

Nolan Patterson left the game late in the second quarter with an apparent leg injury, and did not return. His future status is uncertain.

Jones had five points including his fourth 3-pointer of the game to keep Reed City in front with a 40-34 advantage midway in the third.

Turnovers and foul trouble started to hurt the Coyotes in the third.

Schrader hit a triple late in the third to cut the Reed City lead to 44-41 going into the fourth.

It was anyone’s game in the final quarter. Dillard’s two free throws at 4:59 made it 52-45 Coyotes. Barton scored moments later for a nine-point advantage. His 3-pointer at 3:13 made it 57-45.

“We got a few stops which always helps,” McGuire said. “They’re very active in their zone. We had a hard time against it at times. I thought we attacked it pretty well. We got a couple of quick buckets, got a couple of stops and extended our lead. We pulled them out of the zone, which helped.”

The Vikings started fouling the Coyotes in the final minute of action. Tri County couldn’t make its shots and missed five straight attempts on one possession. Barton got the rebound, was fouled and hit both free throws for a 60-50 lead with 50 seconds left to clinch the win.

“It was execution and being able to bounce back,” Barton said.”We played against activity. They’re a lot better team than we played the first time. We lost Nolan at half and that hurt us, but we we were able to fight back and get the ‘W.’”

Schrader had 18 for Reed City.

Reed City earlier in the week ran into second-half foul trouble against Pine River in a non-league loss. This time, they overcame the foul situation.

“I was just telling the guys we do some nice things out three and do some goofy things, too,” McGuire said. “Once we clean those (foul problems) up and continue to work on those, I think we’ll be pretty solid.”

The Coyotes, 5-6 overall and 4-3 in the league, are home Tuesday against Morley Stanwood in non-league action.