Evart senior back in basketball program

EVART -- Nathan Struble is on the Evart boys basketball roster this season and the Wildcats are glad he is.

A senior, Struble didn’t play as a sophomore or junior but decided to come out for the team this season.

He thought about playing last season but decided to come back this winter and is glad he did.

“I was a little rusty but I had played with all the guys,” he said, noting that he had a busy summer with some of the other players. “We went to Morey Courts over the summer.”

Struble scored 13 points against both Boyne City and Coleman. But he considered the Boyne City game to be a better performance.

“My role is to usually get the rebound and put it back up for that extra point,” Struble said. “I feel that I’m a good rebounder because I have pretty good jumping ability.”

Being down underneath the  hoop with the ball is one area of his game in which Struble wants to improve.

Improving on defense and cutting down on turnovers will be critical for the team in upcoming games, he said.

“Hustle on defense and limiting turnovers, and we should do very well,” he said.

The Wildcats have played without starting junior Jared Pattee being at 100 percent in recent games.

He’s expected to play more this week.

“I feel that he is one of our key players,” Struble said.

Looking ahead, Struble is hoping the Wildcats play well enough to be in the district finals in March.

“That could be a strong possibility,” he said.