Rivalry revenge

Big Rapids exacts revenge on the road against Reed City

REED CITY — The first time Big Rapids and Reed City met in boys basketball action this season, the Coyotes edged the Cardinals by just two points in Big Rapids. In the second meeting on Tuesday night, only four players scored for the Cardinals, but they got their revenge, beating the Coyotes, 53-41, on the road. The Cardinals (15-4, 14-4 CSAA) and Coyotes (15-3, 14-3 CSAA) did battle in front of a capacity crowd, but the Cards switching things up on defense made them the victors on Tuesday night. Quinn Tyson hit his first of three 3-pointers in the first quarter to open the game, but Reed City’s Dean Eichenberg answered with a trey of his own. Tyson hit his second three of the game to give his Cardinals a 9-5 lead in the early going and ballooned the lead to eight points with two minutes to play in the opening frame. The Cardinals were playing in a 3-2 zone for most of the night, which made it hard for the Coyotes to get to the basket, which Big Rapids coach Kent Ingles said was all part of the plan. “Last time we played them they shot 34 free throws,” Ingles said. “That had a lot to do with why we made the switch (to zone). We didn’t want them shooting 34 free throws again. We’re still a man-to-man team but for (Tuesday) it was a nice change up.” Big Rapids kept rolling to an 18-10 lead heading into the second quarter. Chad Samuels brought his team back, hitting four straight free throws to open the second quarter as the Cards sent the Coyotes into the bonus. The Coyotes kept battling in the second, getting a 3-pointer from Eric Grannis to make it a three-point game. Samuels hit another from long range, but Austin Hayes got a late layup for the Cardinals to hold a 27-23 lead heading into halftime. The Coyotes came out hot in the third quarter, running off four quick points to tie things up at 27-27. Samuels got another basket to put his team up 32-31, but also gave the senior his 1,000th career point. “It’s a big accomplishment. It’s tough to do and not many people have done it in Reed City,” Samuels said. “I couldn’t have done it without my teammates. They’re there for me all the time and they’re the ones who got it for me.” “Your heart goes out to Chad for how hard he works,” Reed City coach Dean McGuire said. “He’s a great kid, he’s a team player, he’s a leader and you pull for a kid like that. His name will go down in the Reed City history books now and he deserves it. He’s a fantastic young man.” Tyson, another member of the 1,000 point club, hit a step-back jumper to take the lead back, giving the Cardinals a 37-36 advantage heading into the fourth quarter. The fourth started out sloppy and out of control for both teams, but the Cardinals would recover. The Coyotes would not. Reed City had a number of unforced turnovers in the final frame, and were struggling to get the offense going late in the game. “We did some goofy things late (Tuesday) that we just normally don’t do,” McGuire said. “We turned the ball over with no pressure and we threw the ball out of bounds a couple times.” The Cardinals fought off the Coyotes long enough to force Reed City to foul, which allowed Tyson and company to knock down free throws and seal the 53-41 conference victory on the road after outscoring the Coyotes 15-6 in the final quarter. “We were terrible (Tuesday) shooting the basketball,” McGuire said. “We had some open looks and guys that normally knock them down didn’t knock them down and that’s going to happen. With that said, there were a lot of missed opportunities. Big Rapids’ zone caused some problems for us.” “(Reed City is) not an easy place to play,” Ingles said. “We just persevered. It was a game of runs and nobody could get their hooks into it until eventually we got to the free throw line a little bit and that made the difference. Now hopefully we can see them a third time in districts. This is a great rivalry.” Tyson led the way for the Cardinals with 30 points in the victory while Jake Hayes chipped in 12. The Coyotes got 10 from Samuels and nine from Kyle Wright in the setback. Big Rapids is home against Traverse City West on Thursday as the Coyotes host White Cloud. BIG RAPIDS 53, REED CITY 41 RC 10 13 13 05 - 41 BR 18 09 10 16 - 53 REED CITY (15-3, 14-3 CSAA) Josh Saez 0(1) 3, Derek Lodholtz 1 1-2 3, Chris Barton 2 4, Chad Samuels 2(1) 3-6 10, Kyle Wright 4 1-2 9, Dean Eichenberg 2(1) 7, Eric Grannis 0(1) 3, Taylor Pelton 1 2 BIG RAPIDS (15-4, 14-4 CSAA) Jake Hayes 3(1) 3-4 12, Kyle Brady 1 1-2 3, Quinn Tyson 6(3) 9-10 30, Austin Hayes 4 8
CHIPPEWA HILLS 64, CENTRAL MONTCALM 54 REMUS — The Chippewa Hills Warriors boys basketball squad improved to 6-13 on the season in a 64-54 win over Central Montcalm on Tuesday night. Hunter Conley paced the Warriors with 17 points as Nolan Denslow contributed 11. Tyler Willingham chipped in 10 and Michael Todd added nine in the win just one night after the Warriors fell to Holton, 53-45. LAKEVIEW 64, MORLEY STANWOOD 52 LAKEVIEW — The Morley Stanwood Mohawks fell to the Lakeview Wildcats 64-52 on Tuesday night in Central State Activities Association (CSAA) play. Tim Cairnduff led the Mohawks with 16 points, six assists and five steals. Chase Huntey scored 11 points and Nic Huntey added 13 in the loss. Lakeview clinched a CSAA league title in the win on 26 points from Nate Shurlow. The Mohawks (11-8, 11-7 CSAA) host Kent City on Thursday night.