Smith's buzzer-beat lifts Reed City past Newaygo

REED CITY — Reed City outlasted Newaygo in a tough overtime battle for a 65-63 Central State Activities Association Gold Division win on Friday night.

The game was tied 61-61 after four quarters. It was 63-63 in overtime with 2.9 seconds left and Reed City having the inbounds pass near its basket.

Schuyler Smith took the inbounds pass, dribbled in the lane and tossed in the winning basket on a semi-hook shot as time expired.

“We had two options,” Reed City coach Dean McGuire said. “We were going to come off the double screen on top. Once we saw they were isolated to Schuyler at the bottom and saw he was one-on-one down there, we threw it in and said ‘go to work’ and fortunately for us, it went in.”

“When I shot it, I felt like I could make it,” Smith said. “I thought it was going to break off the back of the rim. When it hit the bottom of the net, I just freaked out.”

Reed City (2-0, 3-1) fired out to a 17-8 lead in the first quarter fueled on Logan Straub’s 3-pointer. Sean Karrip’s 3-pointer at the buzzer for Newaygo (0-2, 0-4) cut Reed City’s lead 17-11 going into the second.

It got physical in the second quarter with both teams scrapping for the ball. The lead exchanged hands several times. Andre Jones had a 3-poitner and a field goal to keep the Coyotes close. But with Karrip hitting another 3-pointer, Newaygo was up 35-32 at halftime.

Matt Mund’s 3-pointer tied the game for Reed City 37-37 early in the third. He hit another one at 4:34 for a 40-39 lead. Karrip hit another 3-pointer at the two-minute mark for a 44-40 Newaygo lead. Reed City made a 5-0 run, but Clayton Blackwell scored inside to give the Lions a 46-45 lead going into the fourth.

Jones hit a pair of 3-pointers early in the fourth to give Reed City brief leads. Two Mund free throws made it 54-50 at 5:05. Leland Yonkin’s 3-pointer made it 57-52 at 4:39. But the Lions went on a 7-0 run, before Taylor Pelton’s 3-point play gave Reed City a 60-59 lead at 3:05. Newaygo missed four straight free throws with the Coyotes clinging to a 61-59 lead. Karrip hit two free throws with 20 seconds left to tie the game which went into overtime.

“We have the utmost respect for Newaygo,” McGuire said. “They’re at the top of the league every year. They have some kids that played with a lot of heart. They ran into foul trouble like we did. We were a little deeper. That’s what it came down to.”

Jones scored 15 points, while Mund added nine and Logan Straub and Trent Sturgell had eight apiece.

“We had a size advantage on them,” Sturgell said. “We didn’t execute like we should have. We’ll do it next time we have the advantage.”

Karrip scored 23 points for Newaygo.

The Coyotes return to action Jan. 5 at Fremont.

“You always feel good with a win,” McGuire said. “There’s some things we need to clean up as we go forward.”