Evart eyes more victories during home basketball stretch

EVART — Evart’s boys basketball team hopes to regain the winning touch this week.

The Wildcats fell to 1-4 overall after losing its first Highland Conference game of the season 58-55 on Jan. 6 at McBain Northern Michigan Christian.

A scheduled game for Friday at Beal City was postponed for weather reasons.

The host Comets were hanging onto a one-point lead with time running out and hit a layup for the three-point margin.

Nolan VanOrder scored 10 points for Evart.

“Nobody took over, that was our problem,” Evart coach Kris Morgan said. “We didn’t have anyone step up. I didn’t think we played that bad. I think our youth kind of caught up with us. We were up by four with three minutes to go. We couldn’t put them away.

“We had the ball toward the end of the game with a play draw up. But we couldn’t even get a shot off. We talked to the guys and hopefully they’ll learn from it. The Montabella game kind of finished that same way.”

This week, the Wildcats are home Thursday with Lake City. They were scheduled to be at home with Manistee on Tuesday. They are home against Manton next Tuesday.

Manistee “hasn’t won yet, but they’ve played some really good teams,” Morgan said prior to the Tuesday game. “I’m sure they’re going to be looking at us for their first win. We have to come ready for that.”

Lake City “is solid, they will probably be the biggest team in the (Highland) conference,” Morgan said. “They’re the opposite team of us.”