Evart basketball senior hopeful of more wins
EVART — Devon VanOrder would like his senior high school basketball season to end on a high note at Evart.
It got off to a good note in that respect when VanOrder and his teammates on Feb. 1 knocked off Beal City 52-43 and handed the Aggies their first Highland Conference loss of the season.
Later, the Wildcats had a makeup game at Beal CIty and the Aggies were able to win and establish revenge over Evart.
“I don’t want to make excuses, coming out at halftime, we were flat,” VanOrder said of the second Beal City game. “We didn’t come out intense at all, not close to where we’d like it to be. They were up by nine at the halt. Then they hit a couple of threes.”
The second Beal City game was the third date in five days for the Wildcats and VanOrder acknowledged here could have been a fatigue factor to some extent.
But the 52-43 win at home against Beal will be a cherished moment for a long time.
“It was our intensity,” VanOrder said. “We were hot from the get-go with fire in our eyes. It held all the way through. (Tuesday night) we didn’t do that We have to come out focus and make sure we don’t underestimate anyone.”
VanOrder had some key baskets against Beal City in the first game but said that his role, “is mainly keep the post occupied. I’m not necessarily a huge offensive threat. I’m there to keep guy us going and keep them fired up.
“We’d like to get what we did Friday back. With that kind of game, I think we can beat anyone we play in the conference.”