Evart falls in district semifinal game

Evart's Donavin Reagan goes up for the basket against Shelby. (Herald Review photo/John Raffel)

Evart's Donavin Reagan goes up for the basket against Shelby. (Herald Review photo/John Raffel)

LEROY -- Evart had to battle Hart in overtime 63-59 to win a Division 3 district opener (March 9) at Pine River, and Wednesday's boys' basketball semifinal clash with Shelby wasn't expected to be much easier.

It wasn't.

Shelby (4-16) won 61-55 to advance to Friday's title game (which was cancelled). Evart's season ends at 10-12.

"It was a lot like our game on Monday," Evart coach Kris Morgan said. "We executed when we needed and the big thing that happened tonight was Shelby hit their free throws. It comes down to the little things. Hats off to Shelby, they worked hard.

Shelby led 9-9 after the first quarter and it was 22-22 at halftime.

Justin Buckner hit a pair of triples early in the third to give Evart a 28-26 lead. Brasington scored for a 34-30 Evart advantage. Shelby went on a surge to take control.

Cam Brasington hit two free throws at the end of the quarter and Shelby had a 40-38 lead. Tony Hartsock tied it 40-40 early in the fourth. Brasington followed with a layup to take the lead.

Shelby's Zach Munoz scored to give Shelby a 45-43 lead at 5:20. Logan Claeys scored for a 49-47 lead. Brasington drove for a layup but Shelby led 51-50 at 2:20. Shelby stretched it to 53-50 with a minute to go, forcing Evart to foul. Joseph Hayes hit two free throws for a 55-50 Shelby lead with 51 seconds to play.

Kamden Darling scored with 40 seconds to go. Evart stole the inbounds pass and Brasington was fouled. He made the first, and missed the second, but Donavin Reagan got the rebound.

Brasington was fouled and hit both free throws to tie the game 55-all with 26.8 seconds to play.

Claeys drove full court and scored with 19 seconds left for a 57-55 lead. Evart called time out with 11.5 seconds left. Brasington turned the ball over for walking in the lane.

"I told Cam to drive in and Buckner would be on the side and if he got double teamed he'd kick to Buck and Reagan was on the back side," Morgan said. "It didn't fall our way tonight."

Claeys was fouled and made both free throws with 53 seconds to go to clinch the win.

Claeys led Shelby with 18 points. Brasington had 26 for Evart while Buckner had eight and Hartsock five.

Pine River 71, Hesperia 35

Pine River (8-14) won its second straight district game over Hesperia 0-20. Sasha Huffman hit 19 points for the Bucks and Marcus Jurik had 12.

"It was a good team win," Pine River coach Brian Goodenow said. "We got 10 guys in the scorebook including a couple of freshmen we moved up."