Wright stuff for Coyotes in win over Morley Stanwood

MORLEY — Reed City senior Kyle Wright rated his performance in Friday’s boys basketball game between Reed City and Morley Stanwood as one of the best in his sports career.

“(My performance Friday) is definitely up there,” Wright said. “I had a lot of fun (Friday). It was really fun.”

This comes as no surprise as Wright scored 21 points and snagged 19 rebounds for the Coyotes on Friday as they earned a 79-46 victory on the road against the Morley Stanwood Mohawks. The Coyotes (2-0, 1-0 CSAA) were all over the Mohawks (0-2, 0-1 CSAA) from the opening tip which, according to Reed City coach Dean McGuire, was all part of the plan.

“This is an aggressive basketball team,” McGuire said. “This is how we play. We come out and get after you as well as we possibly can all game long.”

The Coyotes came out of the gate in a full-court press against the Mohawks and kept the pressure on all game. Wright took control early and pushed his team out to a quick 4-0 start, but the offense slowed down for both teams early with the Coyotes up 5-0 with under six minutes to go in the opening quarter. The Mohawks would get things going after a made trey from Tim Cairnduff, which he would follow up with an assist on the next trip down. The Coyotes high-speed drive-and-kick offense got them out to a 16-9 lead, which would quickly turn into a 21-9 difference in favor of the Coyotes after a Dean Eichenberg triple and another quick bucket as the quarter came to a close.

“Reed City did everything we thought they would,” Morley Stanwood coach Josh Bull said. “(Reed City) executed very well (Friday) and on defense, they did whatever they wanted.”

The second quarter brought more of the same for the Coyotes. The Mohawks would show signs of life late in the half as a Chase Huntey transition layup brought the Mohawks within 10, but after Wright elevated to block an Andrew Sackett dunk attempt, the wind was out of the Mohawks’ sails. Eichenberg hit another three as the Coyote lead ballooned out to 41-25 as the teams head to the locker rooms.

“Last year I started out slow here, so I wanted to come out different (Friday),” Wright said. “I hope I can keep playing like this, we’ll have to see.”

The second half would start slow for both teams battling on defense until Chad Samuels knocked down a three that opened things up. After a few more Coyote baskets the lead was extended to 20 points. The Coyotes would continue their scoring onslaught running the lead all the way to 61-32 as the third quarter ended.

After a Wright layup to open the quarter, the Coyotes continued to score until the lead was 63-32 in favor of Reed City. Both squads would go to their benches with around five minutes left in the game. Down the stretch, the Mohawks got a few baskets from Sackett, Justin Kuhn and Lucas Elenbaas as the Coyotes got scores from Chris Barton and TJ Patterson. As both teams continued to battle, time simply ran out for the Mohawks as the Coyotes took a 79-46 win onto the bus.

“Coach Bull always has his kids prepared,” McGuire said. “For us to come in and get a win (Friday) is huge. Last year they beat us here, so it’s good to get one.”

“(Reed City) established a tempo and attitude at the beginning of the game,” Bull said. “They controlled everything. That was the difference (Friday).”

The Coyotes were paced by Samuels with 22 points and Wright with his double-double of 21 points and 19 rebounds. The Mohawks were led by Cairnduff’s 13 points and seven from Chase Huntey.