Late-game heroics lift Evart over Roscommon

Chippewa Hills falls to Beal City

Evart's Marcel White (4) gets set to take the ball to the basket for the winning points against Roscommon.

Evart's Marcel White (4) gets set to take the ball to the basket for the winning points against Roscommon.

Pioneer photo/John Raffel

EVART – It was a wild one at Evart on Wednesday.

Fortunately for the Wildcats boys basketball team, the wild one turned into a W for Evart.

Marcel White drove full court for the winning basket and Kam Darling, playing his first game in three weeks, made the defensive stop at the other end for a 49-48 Highland Conference victory over Roscommon.

The Wildcats withstood the scoring talents of Bucks senior Joel Ewald who netted 33 of his team’s 48 points, all on 11 3-pointers.

Ewald had five triples and 15 points in the first quarter to pace his team to a 17-12 lead. He hit two more triples in the second and Roscommon led 25-23 at halftime. He would net one triple in the third and it was tied 33-33 going into the fourth.

Ironically, Ewald had three triples for nine points in the fourth but he missed two free throws with 37.3 seconds left in game and Evart leading 47-46. 

The Wildcats turned the ball over and Brock Pelleren scored for the Bucks to take a 48-47 lead with 15.2 seconds to play. Evart called time out to set up a play. Marcel White took the ball full court and netted a layup for a one-point lead with 6.0 seconds left.

Roscommon called time out and went down the court with Pelleran attempting to score the winning basket. But Darling got the block as time expired.

Evart had beaten Roscommon 52-50 last month on a late-game winning basket.

“We ran almost that same play again,” Morgan said. “Kamden would come over and set a pick and Marcel would drive down the middle and put up that floater that he does and he came through for us.”

Ewald had 21 points the first time Roscommon played Evart.

“We were missing a player so we could have definitely done better,” Darling said.

White led Evart with 20 points while Bryant Calderon had nine, Darling seven and Preston Wallace and Cannan Morgan four apiece.

Evart is at Beal City on Friday.

Beal City 54, Chippewa Hills 34

REMUS -- Beal City improved to 12-4 with this nonleague win at Chippewa Hills on Wednesday.

The Warriors are 1-15 and will host Big Rapids on Friday.

Baldwin 63, Walkerville 29

WALKERVILLE – Baldwin improved to 12-3 with Wednesday’s West Michigan D League win. Panthers were up 12-9 after the first quarter, 26-19 at halftime and 44-25 after the third.

“We changed up defenses a bit tonight and played better in the second half again,” Baldwin coach JJ Eads said.

Carmelo Lindsey had 18 points while SJ Hossler had 13 and Jalik Hawkins had 12.

Baldwin is home on Friday against Custer Mason County Eastern in a league battle for second place.