Reagan continues to have excellent season
EVART — It was the shot heard ‘round Evart on Friday.
Donavin Reagan’s 3-pointer at the buzzer gave Evart (4-10, 2-5) a dramatic 60-59 win over McBain Northern Michigan Christian (5-9, 1-7) in Highland Conference boys basketball action.
“That’s my first-buzzer beater on a 3-pointer,” Evart coach Kris Morgan said. “We didn’t have any time outs. Donavin has hit that shot consistently. We practice that shot. It worked out. He’s a big-time player.”
The Comets beat Evart at NMC earlier this season, 66-38.
“I told my boys they beat us by (28) earlier, calls weren’t going our way tonight and we had three guys foul out,” Morgan said. “I told the guys they had every reason to quit and still say it was a good game. We fought our way through to the end. We had a solid last minute.”
The Wildcats blazed to a 13-6 lead in the first quarter on Carter Pritchard’s basket. Grant Pogue scored for the Comets and it was 13-10 after the first eight minutes.
Danny Witbeck drove for a basket and 17-12 Evart lead midway in the second. Haidyn Simmer scored two straight baskets moments later for a 21-16 Evart lead. The visitors went on a 7-2 run to tie the game. Pogue’s two free throws with 40 seconds left in the half gave his team a 25-23 lead. The Comets were up at halftime 27-26.
The Comets opened the third quarter with an 10-0 run. Ezra Peterman scored to give NMC a 37-26 lead as the Wildcat offense went cold. Christian Booher scored late in the quarter for Evart to make it 43-33 going into the fourth. Cam Brasington scored for Evart to make it 45-35 at 5:55.
Both teams missed several scoring chances in the next minute.
Pritchard’s 3-pointer cut the Comet lead to 49-43 at 3:49. Two Pritchard’s free throws moments later made it 51-45. He scored at 2:17 to make it 53-49. It was 53-50 at 1:11 on Reagan’s free throw. Tanner Mulder hit two foul shots for the Comets and Evart couldn’t convert on the other end. Brasington scored off a steal with 42 seconds left to cut the NMC lead to 55-53. Mulder hit another free throw and it was 56-53 with 40 seconds to go.
Brasington’s layup made it 56-55.
NMC hit two free throws to make it 58-55 and the Wildcats missed two clutch foul shots at the other end. Brasington’s layup made it 58-57, NMC, with 6.3 seconds to play.
With 5.2 seconds to go, Mulder made one of two free-throw attempts and it was 59-57. Reagan got the ball outside the 3-point arc and sank the 3-pointer as time expired.
“I was thinking I had to score somehow,” Reagan said, adding he knew the shot was good when he released it, and it probably ranks as his top career highlight. “We’ve won two straight at home and are doing good.”
Reagan wound up with eight points. Pritchard, one of three Evart players to foul out, had 17 points followed by Brasington with 14 points and Witbeck with nine. The Wildcats were coming off an impressive 62-55 win over Pine River last week.
“Anytime you can win two Highland games against teams like this, that’s huge,” Morgan said.
A game with McBain was snowed out earlier this week. The Wildcats are home on Wednesday against Lake City.