Big Rapids' Martin scores 23 as Cardinals take rivalry over Coyotes REED CITY \u2014 Big Rapids boys basketball didn\u2019t have to look any further than number 24 for a jolt in its 62-48 rivalry win over Reed City on Friday. Sophomore Demetri Martin (24) led the Cardinals with a 23-point effort, fueling the team past archrival Reed City. Big Rapids advances to 12-5. \u201cWe played probably as well as we have all year long,\u201d Big Rapids coach Kent Ingles said. \u201cOur bench gave some good contributions and Martin had his usual game. He\u2019s hard to guard, and he has played more under control than he had earlier in the year.\u201d Martin\u2019s scoring in the first half gave the Cardinals a significant advantage over the Coyotes as he scored 15 points in the first two quarters alone. Big Rapids led 33-20 at halftime. \u201cGive Big Rapids credit because they played very well and Martin played a heck of a game,\u201d Reed City coach Dean McGuire said. \u201cI got a feeling that we aren\u2019t going to be the only team to have a hard time guarding him.\u201d The Coyotes continued to struggle matching the Cardinals\u2019 scoring output in the second half. Reed City fell behind 50-24 at the end of the third quarter. A late fourth quarter push led by junior guard Andre Jones fell flat as the Coyotes\u2019 19-point fourth quarter wasn\u2019t enough. The Coyotes drop to 8-8 and 5-5 in the Central State Activities Association Gold Division. \u201cObviously not our best (performance) tonight,\u201d McGuire said. \u201cWe didn\u2019t contain (Martin). He got to the basket at will, and we will have to do a better job against him if we see them in the\u00a0districts.\u201d Senior forward Chris Barton scored a team-high 11 points, and Jones scored eight points. \u201cThey out-hustled us, and that\u2019s very disappointing,\u201d McGuire said. \u201cI thought, coming in, we had been playing some pretty good basketball. But we just didn\u2019t attack their zone very well.\u201d Big Rapids junior center Ryan Mackall also scored eight points. \u201cThe past few days leading up to this was the best practices we had all year long,\u201d Ingles said. \u201cI think we brought some of that intensity with us. \u201cWe just want to finish out the season strong.\u201d The Cardinals move to 7-3 in the CSAA Gold and host Chippewa Hills on at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Reed City plays Tuesday at Central Montcalm.