Story and Photos by Mike Gesler
Grant 44 Reed City 66
The Reed City Coyotes came into Grant to start the second half of regular season play tonight. The last time these two saw each other was early in December at Reed City. The Tigers felt that this was a game they should have won but let slip away so tonight’s game was a chance to redeem themselves. At this point, in order for the Tigers to at least earn a share of the conference title, they would need a victory against Reed City, Big Rapids, and Fremont as well as Reed City dropping one more and Big Rapids dropping a couple. With a good portion of the Tiger’s fate in their hands, tonight began that vendetta trifecta.
The problem though with this Grant team is which team is going to show up. When they are on, this is a very dominating and high scoring team. But when they are off, oh boy, it’s almost painful to watch. Unfortunately, it was the “oh boy” team that was on the court tonight.
The Tigers seemed as though they were out of their element. Reed City confounded and confused Grant from the start with intense pressure and a full court press. Grant turned over sloppy passes, and allowed Reed City both the inside and the outside shots. Toward the end of the first, the Tigers had settled in somewhat, and at least kept the score within four.
Nonetheless, Reed City went on a six point run to start the second quarter before Grant called a time out. Coming out of that time out, Schuitema hit two threes to once again bring the game back to within four. That, however, would be the closest the Tigers would come to any sort of making this a game. Reed City simply dominated over Grant. Combine that with Grant’s inability to control the boards, sloppy play and poor shooting, this was a game that left the Tiger faithful just shaking their heads in despair.
“We were hoping for a better effort, and a better efficiency level on the offensive end to give us a chance against I would say a very competitive Reed City team,” stated Grant’s Coach, Joe Schuitema. “They have inside. They have outside. And they have relentless activity. We were not ready, or we did not handle it as well as we would have liked. And then when we’re down, we have to do something kind of special to get back, and we couldn’t find that tonight for sure. So it’s disappointing, but we will move on.”
Seth Schuitema put up seventeen tonight for the Tigers. Zach Barnhart and Gage Cronk each had six. Giovanni Fallador shot five. Lucas Swanson had four points. And Mason Woodard, Sawyer Carr, and Chase Geers each shot two. The Tigers will begin a four game road trip starting with Morley Stanwood on the first before returning home to face Newaygo on the eighteenth. Grant drops to 4-4 in the conference, and 5-6 overall.