Reed City overcomes slow start to defeat Grant 56-42

Reed City’s Preston Johnson (13) attempts to make a move along the baseline against Grant. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

REED CITY — The shots didn’t come as easy for the Reed City boys basketball team on Friday.

But the Coyotes (4-1, 2-0) had a strong enough second half to take a 56-42 win over Grant (3-2, 1-1) in Central State Activities Association Gold Division action.

Reed City hit 10 3-pointers the previous Friday in an impressive 61-49 win over league power Fremont.

Seven days later, Grant fired out to a 6-0 lead and Reed City didn’t score until 2:23 to play in the first quarter on an Anthony Pelton basket, and it was 6-2. Grant led 11-5 after the first quarter. The Coyote offense continued to struggle and Grant led 18-14 at halftime.

“We were getting good looks and we knew Grant would come (with good players),” Reed City coach JJ Eads said. “It’s one of those things, basketball. Grant is a well-coached team. We also had a lot of guys sick and banged up.”

Reed City’s offense came to life in the third. Two straight Pelton baskets gave the Coyotes a 27-25 lead. Brandon Wirth swished in a 3-pointer later in the quarter which ended in a 36-30 RC lead.

Zac Saez’s 3-point play gave Reed City a 41-32 lead with seven minutes to play. Payton Hansen’s baseliner gave his team a 58-49 lead with 4:20 to go.Reed City missed the front end of five straight one-and ones to keep Grant in the game. “We’ll been shooting free throws so well and even had a shootaround today,” Eads said. “It’s amazing what happens at times.”

Seth Schuitema’s 3-pointer at 2:30 cut the Reed City lead to 48-42. Hansen hit two free throws at 2:05 for a 50-42 lead. Preston Johnson scored inside with 20 seconds to go for a 56-42 lead.

Cody Kailing led Reed City with 12 points while Pelton had 11 and Hansen nine.

“In the first half, we were lacking in defense and hustle,” Pelton said. “In the second half, we wore them down. They only played about five guys the whole game. We outworked them in the second half.”

Schuitema had 11 for Grant.

Reed City is home Tuesday against Benzie Central in nonleague action.

“They’re a scrappy team,” Eads said. “They’re going to be tough.”

Crossroads 69, Brethren 63

BIG RAPIDS — Britton Angell scored 25 points while Ethan Davis had 16 and Cody Carlson had 11 for Crossroads (5-1, 4-1) in Friday’s West Michigan D League victory.

The Cougars had quarter leads of 17-13 and 31-28 but was tied with Brethren 49-49 after the third quarter. CCA had a 20-14 scoring advantage in the fourth.

The Cougars play Monday at Evart.

Chippewa Hills 69, Tri County 58

REMUS — Jack Frebes and Levi Rogers scored 12 points apiece while Ian Bissell and Sam Cole had 11 points each to lead the Warriors (3-2, 1-1) past Tri County in CSAA Gold action on Friday. Chippewa Hills is off until Jan. 4 when it plays at Grant.

Fremont 54, Big Rapids 44

HOCKEY

Northern Michigan 4, Ferris 1

MARQUETTE — Ferris (4-12-1; 2-8-0-1) scored the game’s first goal against Northern Michigan (8-10-0, 7-4-0-0) but the Wildcats netted the next four to win the WCHA game on Friday. Ferris’ winless streak is nine straight.

Dominic Lutz scored for Ferris, assisted by Joe Rutkowski. Goalie Roni Salmenkangas had 36 saves.

The two teams play against tonight.

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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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