Hornet boys’ rally not enough in loss to Reed City


By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 9:57 am on Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Central Montcalm’s Alex Maxted, left, guards a player from Reed City closely during Tuesday’s game.

STANTON — Like the girls game before them, the Central Montcalm boys basketball team fought and rallied, but could not come away with a win.

The Green Hornets were down 37-21 at halftime, rallied, but could not get over the hump in a 54-45 loss to CSAA rival Reed City on Tuesday night.

Reed City had 11 players score on the night and had a goal of starting quick.

“We have been struggling in the first and third quarters with playing hard,” Reed City coach Chuck Holmquist said. “That was our focus right away. The boys did that tonight. Everyone of them played exceptionally hard.”

The Hornets got into some early foul trouble and it helped the Coyotes take an early lead.

“My philosophy is if you get two you come out. Then I have three left,” Hornets coach John Kearney said. “We were still in the game at the time. We made major changes at halftime and the kids didn’t get down.”

The Hornets opened the third quarter with a 6-1 run and finished the quarter trailing 45-32. That’s when the Hornets got aggressive and attacked the basket.

Central Montcalm ran off nine straight points to start the quarter and pull within 45-41. Five of those points from the free throw line.

“The kids work hard and you can’t take that away from them,” Kearney said.

Reed City didn’t score in the fourth until 3:30 remained in the game. A Ryan Willis basket gave the Coyotes a 47-41 lead.

“They made their free throws down the stretch and had some second chance opportunities,” Holmquist said. “We didn’t do a good job on the defensive glass. It felt like their big guys were controlling the glass for a while.”

Central Montcalm got to within 49-45 on a basket by Alex Maxted with just 1:19 remaining in the game. The Hornets had a couple of more chances to get closer, but could not get a basket on several tries.

“We pounded the ball and I think we missed four in a row inside to get within two late,” Kearney said. “That would have changed the game and put the pressure on them.”

Reed City knocked down five free throws and held the Hornets scoreless the remainder of the way to hold on for the win.

Maxted led the Hornets with 11 points while Will Plavin and Ben Bishop each added seven points.

Dakota Saez and Chad Samuels each had 12 points for the Coyotes.

The Hornets fell to 1-5 overall and 1-3 in the league. Reed City improved to 4-2 overall and 4-1 in the CSAA.

Central Montcalm travels to White Cloud on Friday.

BOX SCORE

Reed City 14 23 8 9 — 54

C. Montcalm 9 12 11 13 — 45

REED CITY (4-2) Saez 3 5-6 12, Nelson, 1 0-0 2, Mund 0 2-2 2, Woodside 1 0-0 2, Samuels 3 6-8 12, Ryder 2 0-2 4, Willis 3 0-0 6, Benson 0 1-2 1, E. Bradford 0 0-1 0, Droke 3 0-0 7, Vincent 1 2-2 4, M. Bradford 1 0-0. Totals: 18 16-23 54. Three-point goals: Saez, Droke. Total fouls: 21. Fouled out: Willis.

CENTRAL MONTCALM (1-5) Schalow 1 2-2 4, Ruffer 0 1-2 1, Plavin 3 1-3 7, Bartz 2 1-2 5, Barnwell 1 1-2 3, Cilibraise 0 2-2 2, Maxted 5 1-4 11, Nemeth 2 1-1 5, Bishop 1 5-6 7. Totals: 15 15-24 45. Three-point goals: None. Total fouls: 22. Fouled out: None.

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