Fortune bidding to help Wildcats be a contender

EVART  — Evart boys basketball player Jacob Fortune is in his senior season and looking to play a key role in his team’s bid to be a force in the Highland Conference.

Fortune had 12 points from off the bench in his team’s recent 61-50 victory over Marion.

“We could have cleaned it up a bit, had better passes and shots,” Fortune said. “A little more hustle on defense would have been nicer.”

The key for the team to have four strong quarters “is coming out and staying focused. A big part of our problem is coming out strong at the start of the game,” Fortune said. “If we do that, we’ll start to play for all four quarters.”

The Wildcats lost Jacob Hopkins early in the season on a knee injury.

“He’s a big part of our team,” Fortune said. “It’s hard without him. We make due with what we’ve got.”

Fortune said his main role on the court is hustle defense. He’s also been scoring for the Wildcats. “If I have an open lane, I’ll drive it,” he said.

The Wildcats have started out 5-3.

“We’re capable of a lot more than what we’ve achieved already,” Fortune said. “I think we should be in the top three teams in the conference.”

Hustling on defense is a team strength.

As the season progresses, Fortune is looking forward to the Wildcats achieving achieve plenty of successes.

“We’ll start clicking real soon,” he said.