Reed City junior looking forward to 2022-23 basketball season

Xavier Allen expected to be key player as a junior

Xavier Allen



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BIG RAPIDS --  Xavier Allen has another basketball season left for Reed City which is good news for the Coyotes.

Allen is among many Coyotes who will return from a 14-7 season which lost to Ludington in the districts earlier this week. His junior season was a solid one for Reed City.

The Coyotes lost some tough games include to Clare at the buzzer. They let a big lead slip away against Big Rapids in a home loss. A win over a powerhouse Fremont team may have been a major highlight.

The key to beating powerhouse teams early in the season is “aggressive defense and our press has got to work,” Allen said.

His main role for coach Steve Ernst’s Coyotes was to “rebound and go to the hole,” Allen said. “I think I’m doing all right. I go when I’ve got the ball and I rebound a decent amount.”

It was a new coaching staff this season, but Allen felt the team adjusted accordingly.

“It’s a little quicker than last year but I think we’ve adjusted well,” Allen said. “We worked with coaches early in the summer, so that helped. Defensively, we’re pretty good. We get a lot of hands in the passing lanes.”

As a player, Allen said he looked for, in terms of improvement, “going to the hole more, basically.”

The season ended in the district tournament against Ludington earlier this week, but Allen and his teammates hope to come back in a major way next year. He will also be the returning quarterback for next year’s football team.