Evart boys drop first two game of season

Evart's Donovan Duncan (10) goes to the basket against the McBain defense in Monday night action. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

Evart's Donovan Duncan (10) goes to the basket against the McBain defense in Monday night action. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

EVART -- McBain came out with a high-powered offense and soared its way to an 87-66 Highland Conference boys basketball victory on Monday over Evart.

It was the second game of the season for the two teams, with both being in the Highland Conference.

Matthew Utecht netted a 3-pointer for the Ramblers late in the first quarter for a 28-16 lead. With Donavin Reagan and Cam Brasington finding the 3-point shooting touch, the Wildcats stayed within reach of McBain and cut it to 37-32 midway in the second quarter on a 3-point play from Haidyn Simmer.

But the Ramblers put on a run and Blake Whetstone netted two triples. It was 53-36 at halftime.

But McBain put on a 14-5 run to open the second half and stayed in control. Brasington scored for the Wildcats at 2:20 but McBain had a healthy 72-47 lead. Evart's Justin Buckner hit two free throws to make it 74-49. It was 76-49 going into the fourth quarter.

Simmer drove for a layup for Evart minutes later in the quarter but McBain was still up 82-61. Brasington scored moments later to make it 82-63.

"We started off playing tough, very tough," Brasington said. "McBain is a very good team. We played well for most of the game. Three minutes before the first half ended, they took it to us."

Brasington had 20 points while Buckner had 11, Simmer 10 and Tony Hartsock eight for Evart.

"We have some things we can overcome," Brasington said. "I think we can do better.

"I had a pretty good game, but we need more people to give us more options."

Dustin McLain had 22 points for McBain.

"I thought we battled and were able to do some things that were part of our game plan, like attack middle and pulling up in the key for some shots," Evart coach Kris Morgan said. "But they shot the ball really well on their 3s and killed us on the glass. I believe had a total of our rebounds in the first half, only four.

"Cam Brasington had a nice bounce back game with 20 points and worked his tail off on defense all night. Tony Hartsock has put together two solid games so far this season. He was able to score on some post moves and jumpers. We've had our first two games against two really good teams. I've seen some good things and some things that we need to work on. We will clean up some things on offense and defense at practice and learn from thjs."

McBain won its opener on Friday 51-39 over Beal City.

Evart opened its season on Friday with a 64-38 loss to Manton at home.

Reagan scored 11 points and Brasington had nine points.

Evart plays Thursday at Pine River for league action. The Wildcats host Harrison on Friday in a nonleague game.