Crossroads boys defeat Evart

Evart's Cameron Martin (left) goes to the basket.
Evart's Cameron Martin (left) goes to the basket.

EVART — Crossroads’ consistency on offense and peskiness on defense was a combination Evart couldn’t stop on Monday.

The Cougars (5-9) got out to early leads and never looked back in a 76-61 non-league boys basketball win over Evart (2-11).

“If we get more people involved, it makes it easier for Britton (Angell) to get open,” Crossroads coach Justin Kostecki said. “They can’t just double-and triple-team him all the time.”

“It was kind of a crazy day for us with a (school) snow day and everything,” Evart coach Kris Morgan said. “We could not make that adjustment. Our defense was pretty much nonexistent. It was the same for the first half and second half. We could never get our offense going.”

Jackson Wickes scored for a 10-3 CCA lead midway in the first quarter. Cameron Martin netted a 3-pointer for Evart to make it a 15-9 game going into the second.

The Cougars started pulling away in the second. Angell had a 3-point play with 57 seconds left on the second for a 38-24 lead. Donavin Reagan followed with a 3-pointer for Evart. It was 40-20 at halftime.

Ethan Davis’ triple gave the Cougars a 53-35 lead with 1:27 left in the third. Matthew Bengeman’s 3-point play with a minute left in the third gave the Cougars a 56-36 lead.

It was 58-36 going into the fourth.

Christian Booher’s putback for Evart cut CCA’s lead to 60-40. Angell had a drive at 5:55 for a 67-42 lead and added four free throws moments later for a 71-42 bulge.

Evart was whistled for two player technical fouls during the final quarter.

Caleb Hutchinson, who recently returned to the lineup following a lengthy injury, scored for Evart to make it 76-56 at 1:40.

“Ethan Davis had a great game,” Kostecki said. “We’ve been waiting for him to get consistent on the offensive end. I thought he did a nice job.”

Angell had 21 points, followed by Davies with 16 and Wickes with 12.

“We had three guys in double figures and if we do more of that we’ll win more basketball games, Kostecki said. “We played really good team basketball. We shared it and pushed it a little more.”

Conklin had 16 points while Hutchinson had 10 for Evart.

Evart is at White Cloud on Tuesday.

“It’s always been something is missing this year,” Morgan said. “We’re missing on offense or we’re missing on defense or we’re killing ourselves with turnovers. Putting together a clean game has been a struggle.”

Evart lost on Thursday to McBain Northern Michigan Christian 59-48, but had a strong performance, Morgan indicated. Donavin Reagan and Cameron Martin had 12 points apiece.