By Greg Gielczyk

LUDINGTON — The Ludington Orioles withstood a gritty Reed City team on Tuesday night and posted a 67-50 victory over the visiting Coyotes.

Reed City had a three-point lead midway through the third quarter before Ludington made a surge.

David Shillinger scored 16 points in the latter stages and helped Ludington finish with the non-conference victory.
The Coyotes grabbed a 36-33 lead before Shillinger caught fire. The Orioles outscored Reed City, 34-14 the rest of the way en route to their eighth straight win.
Ludington knocked down 11 baskets from beyond the 3-point line from five different players.
“It was a really competitive game,” said Ludington coach Thad Shank. “We were up by eight or 10 until the early third quarter, then we kind of exploded to kind of pull away. Reed City was a tough matchup for us. They really did a nice job isolating a couple of their kids that are mismatches for us, spreading the floor and slowing the game down a little bit.
“We don’t really want to be playing in the 30s midway through the third quarter, but give Reed City credit, they did a nice job of handling our pressure.”
Ludington built a 14-9 lead at the end of the first quarter, but could only gain a 14-12 edge in the second for a 28-21 halftime lead.
The Orioles outscored the Coyotes, 17-13 in the third quarter and took a 45-34 lead into the fourth. Ludington pulled away with a 22-16 advantage in the last eight minutes.
Shillinger led all scorers with 27 points followed by Spencer Holmes with 16 points and Daniel Ramirez with nine.
Ty Kalling paced the Coyotes (5-3) with 12 points and Xavier Allen added nine.

Ludington (8-0) hits the road Friday night with a West Michigan Conference Lakes Division game at Whitehall.