The coyote boys return home to defeat the Vikings

REED CITY — The Reed City men’s basketball team played their first home game in nearly two months on Friday night, as the Coyotes handed home fans a 70-53 win over the Tri County Vikings.

Reed City’s last home game was Dec. 10, which means the Coyotes have been on the road for each of their last nine games heading into Friday’s meeting with the Vikings.

Four different Coyotes scored in double figures and, as a team, Reed City sank nine 3-point shots over Tri County.

Senior Canyon Reed led the offensive effort for the Coyotes, scoring 18 points and going 4-for-6 from the free throw line in the winning effort.

Junior Seth Jackson had 14 points and hit three from range.

Reed City started the game aggressively at both ends of the field and took a 23-9 lead after the first quarter.

During the second period, it looked like the Coyotes would run away with it, leading 30-15 at one point, but Tri County pulled one back and went into halftime with the score at 34-24.

The Coyotes led 59-45 after an explosive third-quarter display from both sides.

Sophomore Max Hammond scored a dozen points and was a perfect 3-on-3 from the free throw line.

As a team, Reed City went 11 for 18 from the charity strip.

Junior Ty Kailing contributed 10 points to the winning cause, including nine via 3-point shooting.

For the Vikings, 23 points scored by Ty Mderlington led a valiant effort.

The Coyotes host rival Big Rapids at 7 p.m. Monday.

Tri County will host Grant at 7:30 p.m. on February 11.

Reed City Score

Canyon Reed 18, Seth Jackson 14, Max Hammond 12, Ty Kailing 10, Isiah Moore 7, Spencer Hansen 5, Xavier Allen 4.

Tri-County Rating

Ty Merlington 23, Blake Nelson 19, Gavin Rykse 5, Nate Lovell 3, Adan Plotts 1, Logan Hallman 1, Brett Flintoff 1.

Basketball Girls

The Reed City girls started the night’s hoops action slate by holding on to a narrow 37-35 conference win over the Tri County Vikings.

The defense took center stage in what turned out to be a serious display from CSAA Gold’s pair of familiar opponents.

A result was in the air until the final moments of the game, but after taking a late two-point lead, the Coyotes buckled down defensively and made a few timely free throws to seal the victory.

With the win, Reed City’s season record improves to 5-9 overall and 4-4 in conference. Tri County drops to 6-8 (3-6) on the campaign.

RC will face White Cloud away from home at 7 p.m. on February 8.

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