Bowen optimistic as Wildcats approach tournament action

EVART — Evart’s boys basketball team is in the final week of the regular season and seniors like Derek Bowen are hoping to play their best action of the winter.

Bowen and the Wildcats played at McBain on Thursday and then have a home game next Monday with Farwell to open the districts.

The Wildcats hope to put together a full four-quarter effort, which they weren’t able to do against Lake CIty in a recent game.

“We were playing lock down defense and were leading most of the game,”  he said. “At the end, we fouled and they made their free throws and we didn’t.”

The Wildcats entered this week with an 8-9 record prior to games against Pine River and McBain.

“We’re definitely finding our niche,” Bowen said. “We know what to do now. We’re a fast-paced team and play good defense.”

A home win against Manton “was a great game,” Bowen said. “We just hustled every play.”

There’s still plenty the Wildcats hope to achieve before the season ends.

“We need to finally close up our niche and make sure we can complete it because we’re so close,” Bowen said. “We just have to finish it off and in the districts, we can make a lot of noise if we do that.”

As a senior “I’ve been playing pretty well,” Bowen said. ‘“I hustle, play good defense and get it on offense. I’m finding my shot, taking it to the rim, good passes.”

Bowen said he hopes to finish with the ball more effectively.

“When I’m open I tend to pass it and give up the shot,” he said.