Twice is nice: Cardinal boys grab another rivalry win over Coyotes

BIG RAPIDS — A pair of conference rivals met on the basketball court for the second time in eight days when the Big Rapids boys hoops team defeated Reed City 64-51 Tuesday night.

The victory happens to be the fifth in-a-row for the Cardinals, who stand alone at the top of the CSAA Gold standings at 13-2 (10-1) overall.

With the loss, Reed City’s record drops to 11-5 (8-3).

Scoring came at a premium for the two sides to begin the night’s festivities, but the Cardinals soon found the bottom of the bucket with more consistency for a 11-3 lead after one quarter.

Turnovers at both ends of the court also proved to be the theme throughout the early stages of the match.

“We made some silly turnovers (and) still have corrections to make, but we’re happy with the win,” Big Rapids coach Kent Ingles said. 

Big Rapids continued to cruise during the second half, and went into the break in possession of a 26-12 lead.

Ingles credited his players for their defensive tenacity for the duration of the game’s 32-minute run time.

“We played pretty good defense most of the ball game; that really helped us,” Ingles said. “I thought Karlito (McKinney) really helped us out again and did some good things.”

Despite the slow start, Big Rapids produced five double-digit scorers while Reed City recovered and saw three players hit double figures.

With three quarters in the books, the Cardinals seemed to be in complete control and led their rivals 40-27, but the Coyotes still had a surge of scoring ahead of them.

Reed City came alive late in the game, and cut their deficit down to eight points with 1:40 left in regulation, but this was as close as they would get, as their comeback attempt fell short.

“We could play them a third time in the districts,” Ingles said.

For their next game, the Cardinals will hit the road to play Chippewa Hills at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Reed City returns home to take on Central Montcalm at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Big Rapids Scoring
Dawson Dunn 17, Karlito McKinney 12, Jack Ruggles 11, Demarcus Lee 10, Mason Dunn 10, Ben Knuth 3, Owen Gammons 1.

Reed City Scoring
Seth Jackson 11, Isaiah Moore 11, Xavier Allen 10, Max Hammond 8, Ty Kailing 5, Aiden Storz 3, Canyon Reed 3.