Beal City boys defeat Evart

EVART — Beal City took advantage of a first quarter push against Evart on Thursday, taking its eighth win of the season, 57-37.

The Aggies scored 15 unanswered points in a two minute span in the first quarter, leading 20-8 over the hosting Wildcats. The Wildcats were not able to recover the lead, coming within nine points of Beal City only once throughout the rest of the contest.

“We had a couple of guys who were sick and one of our starters also was ineligible,” Evart coach Kris Morgan said. “At least we battled, and I was proud of them for fighting through that.”

Beal City took the conference game moving to 8-7.

The Aggies were able to spread the ball around effetively, logging four players who scored at least eight points. Senior forward Zachary Natzel led Beal City with 12 points, junior guard Tucker Gross also scored 10 points.

Evart was led in scoring by sophomore guard Danny Griffin, who tallied 16 points, 10 of which came in the first half.

After the Aggies first quarter surge, Evart made a strong push on the heels of the shooting of Griffin. After knocking down a 3-pointer in the first minute of the second quarter, Griffin scored five straight, including his second 3-pointer of the night. Evart trailed 31-18 at the half.

Beal City fended off another strong effort in the second half from the Wildcats as senior forward Nolan VanOrder knocked down consecutive baskets to bring the margin under the decade mark at 31-22.

“Beal City just made some shots,” Morgan said. “We just couldn’t hang with them.”

Beal City maintained its lead through the fourth.

“I just don’t think we could maintain that energy,” Morgan said. “(Beal City) ran to its spots and hit their shots, and they are all athletic and they can be a real disciplined team. I just don’t think we had enough gas in the tank to really pull through tonight.”

Evart falls to 4-10, 2-6 in the conference. The Wildcats are at Lake City on Friday and home Monday with Clare.