Reed City holds back McBain in defensive battle

Monday basketball winners: Pine River, Reed City boys; Evart girls

Aiden Storz




REED CITY – Xavier Allen and Aiden Storz netted 12 points apiece to lead Reed City past McBain 38-33 in nonleague boys basketball action on Monday (Dec. 19).

“Defense was the key,” Reed City coach Brennan Walsh said. “We held them to five points in the first and we didn't hold the ball.

“They had a lot of size inside but we rebounded as well as I thought we could. Teddy Szymanski was huge on the boards. Ty Kailing’s defense was awesome.”

Reed City is home against Holton on Dec. 30. The Coyotes are 3-1.

Pine River 51, Mancelona 41

MANCELONA – Pine River had quarter leads of 19-9, 31-12 and 36-27 on Monday 

Trevor Holmquist had 20 points, eight rebounds, three blocks and four assists for the Bucks, Austin Dean had 14 points and five assists, and Nathan Marks had six points.

“We knew from film that Mancelona didn’t have a lot of size, so we moved Trevor into the starting lineup along side Evan,” Pine River coach Brian Goodenow said. “That gave us 6-foot-4-inches and 6-5 inside. Trev is a sophomore and it was his first career start, but the guys understood the advantage and they did a great job of feeding him for 10 points in the first quarter.

“We came out flat in the third and got away from what was working and let them back in it. It was a dogfight from there. In the fourth we fed the post again and Trevor made three more buckets. Nathan Marks came up big with six points in the final quarter, including 4-for-4 from the line down the stretch.”

Cole Crawford pulled down eight big rebounds in the game.

“I’m proud of the effort tonight, but we need to keep working on the mind set to put teams away,” Goodenow said.

The Bucks are 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the Highland Conference.

The Bucks play at Evart on Jan. 4. 


Evart 57, Marion 31

MARION -- Emma Dyer and Addy Gray had 15 points apiece for Evart in Monday’s road win. Kyrah Gray had 10 points.

“We played very aggressive and intense tonight,” Evart coach Carrie Kunkle said. “We did a great job causing turnovers.”

Evart is 6-1 and plays at home against Pine River on Jan. 2.