Reed City gains revenge over Chippewa Hills
REMUS -- Revenge was on the mind for Reed City boys in Tuesday's (Feb. 18) Central State Activities Association Gold Division boys basketball game.
Zac Saez scored 18 points and the Coyotes defeated the Warriors 60-43.
The Warriors won the first game between the two teams 40-38.
"Zac played an outstanding game," Reed City coach Jesse Kailing said. "More importantly, I thought our bigs did a nice inside controlling the paint in that 1 s-2-2 zone we were playing."
"I think we started off a little slow in the first half but we finished well," Saez said. "The last time, we came out against them with zero energy and struggled the whole game."
Reed City led 12-8 after the first quarter. Canyon Reed scored midway in the second for Reed City and a 20-15 lead.
Saez scored off a steal for a 28-19 lead early in the second. Paris Alston scored moments later for the Warriors and Samuel Cole's basket for the Warriors made it 28-22.
Payton Hansen had five straight points including a triple to make it 33-22, Coyotes, midway in the third quarter. Saez hit two technical foul shots for a 37-28 lead with a minute to go in the third. That's how it stood going into the fourth.
Levi Rogers scored for the Warriors to cut the deficit to 37-30. Reed's putback for the Coyotes made it 39-30. Aiden Stanley drove for two straight Warrior baskets to cut the RC lead to 41-34. Trenton Tirban followed with a three for Chippewa Hills and it was 41-37.
But Reed City went on a run. Saez' triple at 3:22 followed moments later with a Landen Tomaski basket, made it 48-37. Saez' two free throws at 1:30, followed by a Parker Benedict basket, made it 54-37.
Saez had 18 points for Reed City, followed by Tomaski with 10 and Reed and Hansen with eight apiece.
"Overall, Chippewa Hills has improved since the last time we played them," Kailing said. "We shot the ball better this time than the last time we played them. I thought our kids executed well on offense and didn't get caught up in turning the ball over and throwing up bad shots."
Cole and Paris Alston had 10 for the Warriors.
"I thought we played hard," Warrior coach Zach Ingles said. "We've improved. If we keep giving that type of effort good things will happen."