Saez, Coyotes ready for stretch run in CSAA championship race


REED CITY — Josh Saez and the Reed City Coyotes are into their final three weeks of the regular season in boys basketball with their designs on the Central State Activities Association title.

Reed City last week gained revenge over Newaygo with a home victory. The Coyotes had lost to Newaygo earlier this season.

“We pushed the ball and kept them out of their 1-3-1.” Saez said. “We wanted to beat them pretty bad. They were running their mouths earlier in the week about wanting to

beat us.”

The key for the offense to be effective, Saez added after the game, is “taking the ball to the hole like our offense is made and taking it at them.”

The Coyotes are facing other key games with opponents like Big Rapids, but facing quality teams like Lakeview, Newaygo and others should prove to be helpful in the long run.

“I think we play better in big games,” Saez said. “We’re always ready to go.”

The win over Newaygo showed how much the depth factor continues to help Reed City.

“P.J. (Jones)  and (others) coming off the bench are huge energy lifts,” Saez said. “(Chris) Barton coming off the bench is huge for rebounds. They come in and are just as good.”

The Coyotes are confident as they head into the stretch run of the CSAA race.

“Coach is doing a good job of keeping us focused each week and keeping us straight,” Saez said. “I feel like I can do better, probably less turnovers and maybe get a few more points on the board. I’m not worried about points, but more assists.”

Reed City has been doing an effective job of taking care of the ball and avoiding foolish fouls despite being aggressive at both ends of the court.

“We can improve on anything,” Saez said.