Evart falls to Big Rapids

Evart's Donavin Reagan (left) battles Big Rapids Jadyn Mason for positioning.
Evart's Donavin Reagan (left) battles Big Rapids Jadyn Mason for positioning.

EVART — Big Rapids enters the holiday break on a winning note following Thursday’s 82-54 non-league win over Evart in boys basketball action.

After a slow start, the Cardinals (3-3) caught fire for huge leads in the second quarter to hold back the Wildcats (2-6).

“We were really good in spots and we were really bad in spots,” Big Rapids coach Kent Ingles said. “We played everybody so we had strange combinations out there.”

“We took a long time making adjustments on their half-court trap,” Evart coach Kris Morgan said. “Cam (Brasington) got into foul trouble early and that kind of hurt us. By the time we made adjustments, we were down too much.”

It was a rare meeting between the two schools but the second game this week for the Wildcats against a Big Rapids school. On Monday, Crossroads defeated Evart 82-63.

Jackob Martinson hit eight points early in the first quarter to help the Cardinals take control. Cameron Brasington hit a triple late in the quarter to cut the Cardinal lead to 21-12.

Jayden Mason passed to Dorian Martin for a layup late in the first quarter, which ended in a 31-14 Big Rapids lead. Martinson hit two free throws for a 41-22 lead midway in the second quarter and swished in two more foul shots late in the half.

It was 51-32 at halftime and Big Rapids fired out to an 8-0 burst to open the second half. Mason scored inside at 2:47 for a 64-39 first-quarter lead. Martin scored off a steal seconds later. It was 67-39 after three quarters.

Trevor Woodard netted a 3-pointer and Mason followed with a layup moments earlier for a 72-39 lead.

Reagan scored on a drive with five minutes to play but it was 74-43, Big Rapids. Woodard hit another triple seconds later.

“The full-court defense was better than our half-court defense,” Ingles said. We gave them too many points. We didn’t cover up very well. A win’s and win. We’ll take it. We’re up to .500, so we have 6o get to work. We’re still young and we make mistakes we shouldn’t.”

“We shot 88 prcent from the free-throw line,” Morgan said. “That’s pretty solid.”

Martinson had 24 points while Dorian Martin, Woodard and Mason had nine apiece. Haidyn Simmer had nine points for Evart. Brasington had nine and Danny Witbeck added eight. Big Rapids is at Newaygo on Jan. 4, while on the same night, Evart is at Beal City.