Evart boys basketball team hopes to enter holiday break on winning note


EVART  — It’s a non-league game at home Friday night against Northport for the Evart Wildcats who will then enter the holiday break.

Wildcat coach Kris Morgan acknowledged that he’ll enter the Northport game not knowing too much about the opponent.

“They were a last-minute add on (to Evart’s schedule),” Morgan said. “All I know is that they’re north of Traverse City and a Class D school. I’ll find out more this week.”

Evart overcame second-half deficits to post a 48-39 non-league victory over Farwell Tuesday night in the season opener for both teams.

Evart was up 9-6 after the first quarter and 30-24 at halftime. They led 34-33 after the third and outscored Farwell 14-6 in the fourth.

Two statistics almost proved fatal for the Wildcats. They had 24 turnovers and were 2-of-16 from the free-throw line.

“We left quite a few points on the board,” said Morgan. “We should have put them away early. We missed a lot of layups and short range jumpers.”

Tre Dyer had 11 points and 11 rebounds for Evart. Jacob Hopkins had nine points and 11 boards.

“They had the lead toward the end of the third quarter and at the start of the fourth,” Morgan said. “We fought back. Tre Dyer had a big three with a minute to go to put our lead to seven and seal it.”

Evart’s game at Boyne City for Thursday was postponed because of weather. A rescheduling date hasn’t been set yet.

During practice this week, the Wildcats have been working on free throws.

“We can’t take those for granted,” Morgan said. “We’re working on the pressbreak a little bit too.”

Evart played McBain Northern Christian on Tuesday. The players and coaches watched NMC play Friday.

“They had a big turnover last year from graduation,” Morgan said. “We should have a decent record going into the holidays. I’m looking forward to a good week.”