Samuels scoring well for Reed City boys


REED CITY — Chad Samuels has had an eventful boys basketball season for the Reed City Coyotes.

But he can be excused if he still is thinking somewhat about football.

The Coyote senior had his second 37-point game of the season last Wednesday against Lakeview. He’s been playing a key role in the team’s status as a Central State Activities Association title contender.

“My teammates, they do everything that’s possible,” Samuels said. “It’s always great when you have five good players on the floor at the same time. It’s hard to guard them. You don’t find many teams like that. It opened me up and I shot the ball well tonight. It was fun.”

He had mild problems with free-throw shooting against Lakeview.

“I’m usually a pretty free-throw shooter,” he said. “I was a little dead tonight, My legs...”

The Coyotes had also played on Tuesday to start out a three-game week. A heavy slate of game awaits the team in February, thanks to weather-related cancellations earlier in the season.

“We have to make up a lot of games. We’re doing three games a week,” he said. “We’re practicing light because we have to. We’re trying to get our legs under us again.”

Handing Lakeview its first loss of the season was a huge victory for the Coyotes.

“It was a big win, tied for first in the conference again,” Samuels said. “That’s just one win. We have a lot more on the road. We’ve been playing great as a team. I love playing with these guys. I wouldn’t trade this for any other team in the state, in the nation or anything.

“On offense, we find the hot hand every night. On defense, we’re playing tough and grinding it out.”

Signing date for football was this week but Samuels, a quarterback for Reed City’s three straight conference title-winning teams, is weighing his options.

“I went to Northwood (early last week) for a workout,” he said. “They’re going to call me to see they’ll offer me any scholarship money. I’m going to visit five Division III schools. We’ll see what happens. If I go D III, I’ll probably play both sports, basketball and football. But I won’t decide on the fifth.”