Morley Stanwood senior confident of more success

LOOKING TO SHOOT: Austin Barnes (24) has his eye on the basket in recent action. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

LOOKING TO SHOOT: Austin Barnes (24) has his eye on the basket in recent action. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

MORLEY — Seniors like Austin Barnes are giving Morley Stanwood’s boys basketball team a major boost in its drive for championship success this season.

Morley Stanwood (12-1, 6-1) is at Grant on Tuesday. The Mohawks are at home against Holton in Central State Activities Association Silver Division action on Friday.

“It was a great team win for us,” Barnes said after a recent victory over Hesperia. “We moved the ball. Everyone shot well. We hit our shots when we need to. We played good defense. It was a good team win.”

Barnes is in his third varsity year and indicated it’s probably his best season.

“Maybe I’m playing even a bigger role from last year,” he said. “We lost several playmakers last year, so we’ll be stepping up.”

Barnes is looking to be more of playmaker, and indicated defense is a strength.

“I’m trying to execute a little better this year,” he said.

His 3-point shots have been an asset.

“I’m going for as many as I can make,” he said, when asked what type of a shooting percentage he would prefer on 3-pointers.

The team “is clicking on all cylinders right now,” he said.

The lone loss came to Kent City and the Mohawks play at KC on Feb. 17.

“We’ll have to move the ball better and play better defense,” Barnes said. “We’ll have to push the tempo a little bit so they’re not slowing the game down.”

The Mohawks had 13-of-14 players score against Hesperia which, Barnes agrees, showed how much depth his team has.

“If we can score points and play defense, we should make a decent run,” he said.

Reed City 59,
Tri County 23

HOWARD CITY — Cody Kailing scored 14 points and had five assists while Philip Jones had 12 points, Trent Sturgell added 11 points and Zach Saez had eight in lifting Reed City (3-9, 3-7) to this CSAA Gold Division basketball win on Monday.

The Coyotes led 35-13 at halftime. Reed City is at Clare on Tuesday.

“We had some strong performances,” Reed City coach JJ Eads said. “We were able to extend our lead in the second half. It was a much needed win.”

Bear Lake 47,
Crossroads 24 (girls)

BIG RAPIDS — Soraya Angell scored 11 points in Crossroads’ West Michigan D League loss on Monday.

Crossroads (5-7) plays at McBain Northern Michigan Christian on Tuesday.

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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