Reed City seniors looks forward to rematch against Big Rapids


REED CITY — The February portion of the 2014-15 boys basketball schedule for Reed City will have five of the eight games at home.

That includes a rematch Feb. 20 against arch-rival Big Rapids in Central State Activities Association Gold Division play.

The Coyotes notched perhaps their biggest win of the year so far with a 54-53 squeaker over the Cardinals at Big Rapids in mid-January.

It was a game senior Patrick Jobes won’t soon forget. He scored 16 points to help the Coyotes break a three-game losing streak and gain a cherished win.

“It was great, one of the best feelings in basketball I’ve ever had,” he said after the win. “We had to get them tired because they don’t play a lot of guys. We have a bunch of athletes. When we press, it doesn’t (sometimes) work on teams at the beginning. When the game gets going, we get more turnovers and more steals.”

Jobes called it probably one of the best games of his career offensively and defensively.

“We were keeping the defense moving, running the offense good and everybody doing what they need to do and getting open layups,” Jobes said. “Coming into a (loud) gym and beating them on their home court feels pretty good.”

The Coyotes improved to 5-6 Friday with a win at Tri County with hopes of keeping it going strong this month.

“We have to come back Monday and just keep working hard,” Jobes said, adding that in the rematch against Big Rapids at home, “we have to keep up the defensive pressure. We can’t sit on this one. We have to look forward to next week.

“If we keep running our press and wearing teams down, we’re in good shape.”