Evart boys basketball team will enjoy more experience this season

EVART — A more experienced Evart boys basketball team has veteran coach Kris Morgan upbeat over his prospects this season.

Evart is in its third week of preseason practices and tips off the season next Monday and Tuesday with home games against Montabella and Farwell.

“We have pretty much our core back of seven returnees,” Morgan said. That includes seniors Andrew Bengry, Noah Drake, Andrew Maxwell and Robbie Tapling, and junior Danny Griffin, Trevin Ladd and Cody Pritchard. Andrew Booher and Layne Nadig are also back with some experience. They’ll all be seeing playing time, Morgan said.

“We lost a lot the year before, but this year we only lost two (seniors),” Morgan said. “It looks like we’ll only be having 10 guys. We’ll probably run 10 deep at some time. I can see a spot during the game for any of those guys.”

Morgan and his players saw plenty of work during the summer.

“We went over to Ferris and won the B league championship over there,” Morgan said. “These guys have played a long time (in various sports) together.”

This particular team has good communication, Morgan noted.

“They almost get along too well at times,” he said. “They’re a bunch of good guys and friends. They’ll really work on focus this year.”

Morgan doesn’t want any player to fall into foul trouble but is confident he’s got the depth to compensate in such a situation.

“If we lose one guy, we still should be fine,” he said. “We have a couple of more guys that can step up into those positions.”

Evart was scheduled to scrimmage Coleman this week on Monday and also last Saturday at Morey Courts.

The Wildcats are looking to stay consistent throughout the season regardless of their opponents.

“We had a lot of peaks and valleys last season,” Morgan said. “We have to have that consistency at practices and hopefully that carries over into games.”

The Wildcats were 4-17 last season, but are looking to go after a winning record this year.

“The (Highland) conference will be good again,” Morgan said. “McBain and Manton will be stacked. I think we can give them a shot if we play well and practice well and make our shots.”