Reed City tops Warriors in physical affair

REMUS — Intense, physical and hard-fought. Chippewa Hills and Reed City both displayed those qualities on Wednesday, with the Coyotes coming away with a 58-45 win.

Reed City (6-2, 5-1) coach Jesse Kailing and Chippewa Hills coach Mark Pelong were impressed with each other’s intensity as a team — something that is expected when the two CSAA teams meet in conference play.

“The’yre a well-coached team,” Pelong said of the Coyotes. “I thought we’d have trouble cracking their pressure, but we only turned the ball over 13 times. I think that’s a sign that our guards are growing up.”

Chippewa Hills (2-5, 2-3) grabbed an early 9-4 lead following a triple by Mark Miller with 5:15 in the first quarter. Back-to-back baskets in the post by Reed City’s Jared Holmquist cut the lead to 9-8.

The Coyotes finally began to break down Chippewa Hills with their pressure, going on a 14-0 run to start the second quarter to take a 22-11 lead behind transition baskets by Chad Samuels and Ryan Willis.

Kailing said he thought the Warriors were able to match his team’s intensity, despite coming away with the win.

“I think that’s the best 2-4 team we’ve ever played,” he said. “They played hard and made us earn it. The score was not indicative of how both teams competed.”

The difference might have been Holmquist, Pelong said. The senior scored 19 points while getting his teammates open shots while cutting to the basket.

“I thought we matched their physicality, but we didn’t have a match for Holmquist,” he said. “They got a lot of easy baskets through him. Overall, though, I’m pretty happy with the effort.”

Jake Tarbell kept the Warriors in it during the second quarter, hitting a pair of free throws to cut the lead to 27-21 with 1:20 remaining in the first half.

Both Tarbell and Miller hit a number of shots throughout to keep the Warriors in the game.

Every time the Coyotes seemed to have the game put away, the Warriors would answer in the second half.

A lay-up by Garrett Benson increased the Coyotes’ lead to 39-26 with 3:32 left in the third. A pair of 3-pointers by Tarbell and Miller cut the lead to 41-32 to close out the quarter.

The Warriors got within six at 45-39 with 6:15 remaining following a triple by Tarbell, who finished with a team-high 19 points.

Samuels converted on a drive, however, to make it 49-39 to give Reed City a comfortable advantage with 4:35 left.

The physical nature of the game came to a head late when a jump ball resulted in a double technical foul when Chippewa Hills’ Peter Lewandowski and Reed City’s Trevor Mund exchanged shoves after the whistle. Order was quickly restored, however, with both teams crediting each other for their physical play.

“The kids got a little chippy after some of the physical play late in the fourth quarter,” Kailing said. “I was proud of both teams for settling down and getting back into the game.”

Samuels said he expects both teams to give that type of effort during conference play.

“Chippewa Hills is always a tough place to play,” he said. “I thought we came out with good focus. It’s a lot of fun to play here.”

Kailing credited Holmquist for getting his teammates involved in the offense. Reed City also got 13 points from Samuels and 11 from Ryan Willis. The Warriors got 12 points from Miller in the loss on four 3-pointers.

“When Jared plays, a lot of guys get involved,” Kailing said. “His presence opens things up for them and we’ve got some guys that can score.”

Reed City is in action on Friday at home against White Cloud while Chippewa Hills hosts Central Montcalm.

REED CITY 58, CHIPPEWA HILLS 45 Reed City 8 24 9 17 — 58

Chip Hills 11 13 8 13 — 45

Reed City (6-2, 5-1)

Dakota Saez 0(1) 4-4 7, Chad Samuels 3(1) 4-4 13, Glen Ryder 4 0-0 8, Ryan Willis 4(1) 0-1 11, Ricky Droke 1 2-2 4, Jared Holmquist 7 5-6 19.

Chippewa Hills (2-5, 2-3)

Peter Lewandowski 1 0-0 2, Trent Karcher 1 0-0 2, Austin Hollenbeck 1 3-4 5, Ty Schafer 0 1-2 1, Jake Tarbell 3(2) 7-8 19, Mark Miller 0(4) 0-0 12, Hayden Denslow 1 0-1 2, Colton Conley 1 0-2 2.

Rebounds: Reed City (Holmquist 9). Chippewa Hills (Denslow 8).

Assists: Reed City (Holmquist 4).