EVART — Evart’s boys basketball season came to a close on March 9 at Pine River in a district semifinal game.

A 72-45 setback to Manton, ended the Wildcats season at 6-15. They lost three games to the Rangers during the regular season. Manton lost 46-43 to undefeated McBain in the district finals. 

Noah Drake led the Wildcats with 12 points.

“We knew it would be a tough game and it would take our best combined effort,” Evart coach Kris Morgan said. “They made the first basket, and then they’d score the next five or six in a row.”

Manton would then come on to take control of the game.

Robbie Tapling, who has been key part for the Wildcats all season, experienced a long night, Morgan noted, and Evart wasn’t able to make a solid run at the Rangers.

Danny Griffin, Evart’s junior, who had a strong season, noted a key factor to Lake City late in the regular season, that would be critical for the Wildcats to pick up their game several notches.

“We didn’t take care of the ball,” he said. “We have to do a better job of that.”

Late in the season, Griffin pointed to “passing the ball” as among the aspects of their game the Wildcats could build upon. “We just need to finish. We need to take care of the ball. Turnovers are killing us a lot.”

During the season, Morgan also was stressing the need for his team to be more effective on 3-pointers, especially since height was usually not a Wildcat advantage.

“We need to work on our shots a lot,” Griffin said.

The season ended but not before Griffin established his credentials as a solid shooter.

“I’m still growing,” he said.

Griffin indicated he had improved on his 3-point shooting.

“You have to practice over and over,” he said.