Evart junior making key contributions to basketball team


EVART  ― Noah Drake has already established himself as a key player for the Evart boys basketball team.

The Wildcats were 1-2 last week in opening the boys season.

Drake, a junior, has made key contributions for the team so far. It’s his first varsity season.

“It was good, I liked all the playing time I got,” he said after the first two games. “It was fun. We work together as a team and if we keep doing what we’re doing, we’ll improve a lot during the season.”

Drake came off the bench the first game against Montabella and played most of it, and started the second contest against Farwell. He said he has no preference whether his role be a starter or sub.

“It doesn’t matter, whatever coach needs me to do to help out the team wherever he needs me to go,” Drake said. “I’ve been everywhere on defense. I think my defense has been pretty good for the most part. Offensively, I’ve think I’ve been doing good. We did a little better (against Farwell than Montabella). We got it rolling a little better.”

Drake said he likes to shoot the ball whether it be inside or outside. He described the 15-footer as his best shot.

“I like baseline, I like to shoot threes,” he said. “I like defense. I like getting on the ground and being physical and always putting up a fight on defense, nothing easy.”

Going into last Friday’s game at Central Montcalm, which the Wildcats lost, Drake was impressed with the team’ s two efforts on consecutive nights last week.

“I think we had some bumps the first game,” he said. “It was nice having two games in a row. We took what we learned the first game and applied it the second game. I think we’ll get better as the season goes on and we’ll see as it goes from here.

“We definitely need to work on our transition offense and get a little better on our defense. It’s pretty good right now. There’s always things we can improve on.”

It’s a young team but the Wildcats have been showing some potential.

“I think next year, we’ll be good,” Drake said. “We have to keep the road in front of us and not look too far ahead.”

He’s already gotten used to the varsity level.

“Two games in, I feel pretty confident,” Drake said.