Crossroads overtakes Evart 67-59

BIG RAPIDS — Evart started off hot, but Crossroads caught up and made the key plays at the end for a 67-59 victory in non-league boys basketball action on Monday.

“We knew that Evart, especially (Danny) Griffin, could shoot the ball well,” CCA coach Jason Kostecki said. “He hit two deep threes early to get us out of our zone. We clamped down defensively at the end and pulled through that way.”

Evart (2-4) was up 23-11 after the first quarter, spearheaded by Griffin’s eight points. He had 10 in the first half, which ended in a 35-29 Wildcat lead. Karsten Allen had seven points in the first two quarters for Evart.

“That was probably our best game so far,” Evart coach Kris Morgan said. “We played pretty well right there at the end. They hit their free throws, they deserve it. We match up well on them, I thought. We’re pretty handsy on defense, got our hands in on a lot of our players to turn the ball over a little bit too much to my liking. They capitalized on our errors at the end.”

Britton Angell had nine points, Tate Wickes eight and Josh DeBreuil seven in the first half for Crossroads (5-3).

The Cougars came back to take the lead in the third. Angell’s 3-pointer late in the quarter gave Crossroads a 51-46 lead. Griffin hit a 3-pointer just before the quarter ended to cut the CCA lead to 51-49.

Griffin scored inside early in the fourth to give Evart a 53-52 lead. Britton Angell scored moments later to put the Cougars back in front and the lead continued to seesaw.

Layne Nadig scored inside at 3:30 to give Evart a 57-55 edge. Crossroads came back and led at 2:02 on Angell’s layup 61-59. The Cougars scored again and Evart turned the ball over with 48.2 seconds to go. Wickes’ two free throws gave his team a 65-59 lead.

He hit two more seconds later for an 8-point lead.

Angell had 25 points, followed by Wickes with 18 and DuBreuil with 10.

“Angell has had that consistency all year long along with Tate,” Kostecki said. “The guy who helped changed the course of the game was Josh DeBreuil, who was blocking shots and playing like the kid I knew he could play. Hopefully from here on out, he’ll turn the corner.”

Griffin had 22 points while Nadig added nine, Allen seven and Cody Pritchard six.

“We’re starting to figure it out,” Morgan said. “The season is still pretty early. We had a lot of guys coming of the bench. Karsten Allen is starting to figure his spot out. Nick Sylvester did the best he has all year.”

Evart is home with Lake City on Tuesday.

On Thursday, Evart beat Marion 61-38 in Highland Conference action. Griffin scored 24 points and Nadig had 11. Trevin Ladd added nine points and eight rebounds.