Overtime drama: Morley Stanwood boys outlast Reed City

Mohawks enjoy strong shooting night

MORLEY – It was arguably Morley Stanwood’s finest boys basketball game of the season, and it came at Reed City’s expense on Friday.

Zade Garrett scored 21 points while Devin Garbow added 14 in leading the Mohawks (2-5, 4-8) to a 61-57 overtime victory in Central State Activities Association action over the Coyotes (4-2, 7-6).

Mike Mercer had eight points and Reece McQuarrie six for Morley Stanwood.

“I was telling the guys in the lockerroom, it’s been a struggle for us but tonight we trusted each other on the offensive and defensive end,” Mohawk coach Doug Bunting said. “We were helping each other defensively, boxing out and doing all the strong, fundamental things we’ve struggled on all year. And we made some shots.

“Reece made a couple of big threes early for us and Jaqorri made a big three at the end. And we were passing and cutting to the basket instead of passing and standing. That got us a lot more easy shots.

“I was very happy the way we played. It was a good win. Reed City played hard. Both teams played hard.”

“They made a lot of shots,” Reed City coach Brennan Walsh said. “They shot a pretty high percentage.”
The Coyotes appeared to be in pretty good shape with 2:08 left in regulation when John Ondrus scored after a pass from Xavier Allen off a steal for a 52-47 lead. The Coyotes added another point but Mike Mercer scored for the Mohawks to make it 53-49. Garrett later followed with a triple with 1:10 to play, making it 53-52. After Justin Stellini added a free throw for the Coyotes,  Garbow scored the tying basket and it was 54-all going into overtime.

VerMaas passed to Garbow for a layup and 58-55 Mohawk lead with 1:45 to play. VerMaas’ 3-pointer with 59 seconds left in overtime would finish out the scoring.

Morley Stanwood was up 8-7 after the first quarter and it was 22-22 at halftime. The Mohawks were up 39-37 after the third quarter.

“That was probably the best we played all year,” Garrett said.  “We were scoring and trusting each other.”

Allen led Reed City with 16 points. Max Hammond had 15 followed by Storz with 10 and Stellini with six.

“They just played better and executed better,” Hammond said. “They hit shots at the end and we didn’t.”

Reed City plays Manistee at home on Tuesday.

“We didn’t have Teddy (Szymanski) tonight (because of illness) and that hurt our interior defense,” Walsh said. “He’ll be back.”

The Mohawks play at Big Rapids on Friday.