REED CITY — Reed City sophomore guard Zac Saez would have preferred to keep playing during the boys basketball playoffs.

But it was still a fun season for Saez and the Coyotes, and the future is especially intriguing.

The season ended in a loss to Kalkaska in the district’s first round.

“It felt great,” Saez said of the effort. “My teammates were giving me open looks. They trusted me through everything.”

The defensive effort may have been Reed City’s best of the season.

“We’re a huge defensive team,” Saez said. “That comes first always. We played everybody the same. We played everybody hard.”

The Coyotes were 12-9 this season, but didn’t hesitate to express their feelings with the win over Big Rapids.

“This is my favorite win of my whole high school career,” he said.

It was a vast improvement from 4-17 last year, Saez acknowledged.

“It’s been good,” he said. “We’ve had our ups and downs. Every team does. We’re getting better.”

Saez made marked improvement from last season.

“I’ve had my ups and downs,” he said. “But the coaches trust me. Everyone trusts me.”

Defense was a major improvement for Saez.

“Especially, my on-ball defense,” he said.

The key for the Coyotes to continue their success is “hard work and staying focused,” Saez added.