Evart senior is glad he’s back in the game


EVART — Chris Garner is back with the Evart boys basketball program and the Wildcats are glad he is.

The Wildcat senior center has played a key role so far in Evart’s 2-0 start.

He didn’t play his junior season after participating as a sophomore but had intended to come back as a senior. So far so good.

“The first game I was a little shaky,” he said. “Maybe it was because it was my first game back. The second game was one of my best games.”

The intensity aspect of the game is the biggest adjustment challenge, Garner said.

“With football, basketball is different,” Garner said. “My main role is getting rebounds.”

He grades his performance eight out of 10 so far.

“The strongest part of my game, I’m not sure,” Garner said. “I could say it’s my jump shot, like a free throw and jump. I want to get better at getting rebounds. Boxing out is the big thing. I rely on my height a lot of times.”

Evart resumes action Jan. 6 at home with Manistee.

“I think we’ll do pretty good this year,” Garner said. “Better than we expected. We did lose (Jacob Hopkins) but I think we can make up for it.”

Hopkins is out for the rest of the season with ACL and other leg-related problems.

“He, I’d say, was our best player,” Garner said, while adding that foul trouble is something the Wildcats need to avoid in upcoming games. “A lot of our guys are scrappy players. We have to get in the habit of playing good defense.”