Evart boys fall to Roscommon, 47-44
EVART -- Roscommon made the long trip to Evart on Wednesday for a Highland Conference boys basketball battle and went back with a 47-44 victory over Evart.
The Wildcats had won four of their last six going into this game.
"It was almost a carbon copy the last time we played them up there," Evart coach Kris Morgan said. "We struggled against their zone offense. We didn't get a whole lot of shots. Free throws were a struggle tonight. Even when they went to a man, we still struggled."
Evart led 13-11 after the first quarter. But Roscommon carried the edge in the second.
Tony Hartsock scored off the glass for the Wildcats to cut Roscommon's lead to 26-22, which is how it stood at halftime
Roscommon opened the third quarter with a mild surge. But Hayden Simmer's triple for Evart cut the Bucks' lead to 28-27.
Brasington scored a fast break basket, to make it 27-25, Roscommon, going into the fourth quarter.
Ethan Flynn's triple gave the visitors a 42-35 lead at 4:40. Jackson Strickler scored moments later for a nine-point Roscommon lead. The Wildcats, meanwhile, could get the shots they needed.
Hayden Simmer's basket cut it to 44-37. The Wildcats cut it to 44-40 with 1:10 to play and were forced to foul. Roscommon's Seth Keipert got a key offensive rebound on a missed Bucks' free throw. Flynn hit 1-of-2 for a 45-40 lead and Evart missed a triple try on the other end. Mac Schultz grabbed another key defensive rebound on a Bucks missed foul shot and Logan Roth converted a foul shot. Hartsock had a putback for Evart to keep the Wildcats alive, 46-42, with 13.2 seconds to play.
The Bucks missed two free throws and Donavin Reagan drove full court for a layup and 46-44 score with 3.1 seconds to play. Keipert was fouled and hit a throw with 0.2 seconds left and Cam Brasington's full-court one handed shot at the buzzer fell way short of the basket.
Evart falls to 5-8 in the league and 7-8 overall. Roscommon is 4-11 and 6-11. The Bucks also beat the Wildcats earlier this season at Roscommon 48-45.
"They were very patient," Morgan said. "They made us work on defense the whole night. They got the shot they wanted to get. We were like one and done."
Brasington scored 15 points for Evart, followed by Hartsock with 10, Simmer nine, Reagan eight and Justin Buckner with two.
"Tony is 6-foot-7 and has long arms," Morgan said. "(Assistant) coach (Brian) Koopman was been working with him on his post moves."
"If I would have worked harder on defense in the first half, I feel we could have gone away with it," Hartsock said. "It's been a pretty good year."
Evart lost to Beal City on Friday 62-42.