Evart rolls over Northport 63-22
EVART — Evart made the most of its opportunity to play in a makeup boys basketball game Saturday afternoon.
Jared Pattee scored 14 points while Tre Dyer added 11 points and Nolan VanOrder contributed 10 in a 63-22 non-league victory over Northport.
Both teams are nicknamed Wildcats, but it was Evart that was doing most of the prowling in the first half after a slow start. In the first few minutes, Evart was having problems executing on offense. Nolan VanOrder hit six field goals and Tre Dyer netted a triple to place the Wildcats to a 13-6 first quarter lead.
“It’s our traditional slow start,” said Evart coach Kris Morgan. “I’ve been battling that seems like ever since I started. These guys don’t start competing until almost the second quarter. We saw that against Lake City and again (Saturday).”
Evart’s defense plagued Northport throughout the second quarter and the offense took advantage. Jared Pattee scored seven points in the quarter but also had some key assists including one to Larry VanBuren, who scored the layup with 10 seconds left in the first half for a 36-8 lead.
“Our defensive intensity picked up,” Morgan said. “We went to a little 1-3-1 trap and played good defense. Jared had a really good game, doing almost anything he wanted to out there.”
Chris Garner hit a layup to open the second quarter as Evart continued to dominate the action. Robert Burge had a long triple with 4:30 to play in the third for a 41-12 lead.
Marcus Stowe netted a 3-pointer at the buzzer for Northport but Evart was in command, 50-20, going into the fourth quarter.
Pattee scored at 5:20 for a 60-20 lead, putting the running clock in force.
“We had a good defensive effort out of (Derek) Bowen, Nolan VanOrder and all those guys on top,” Morgan said. “It was really spread out (Saturday).”
Pattee also had nine assists, seven steals and four rebounds. Garner and Dyer had seven boards apiece while Burge had six.
“It’s tough getting off the bus, but it’s a young team with very little varsity experience,” said coach Chris McCann. “It’s kind of like a rebuilding year for us. That’s all right. We’re OK with that.”
Northport, 0-6, was led by Anthony Driver with eight points.
“We were happy to get in here and play (Saturday) with the weather,” Morgan said. “We appreciate them coming down.”
Evart, 3-1, plays at Manton Tuesday night.
Robert Burge 0(1) 0-2 3, Nolan VanOrder 5 0-0 10, Derek Bowen 0 0-0 0, Cody Fournier 0 0-0 0, Chris Garner 4 0-0 8, Jared Pattee 3(1) 5-8 14, Tre Dyer 4(1) 0-2 11, Larry VanBuren 2 0-0 4, Jacob Fortune 1 0-0 2, Thomas Hyde 2 0-0 4, Josh Decator 3 0-0 6. Totals 24(3) 5-12 62.