Manistee hands Wildcats OT loss

By Matt Wenzel

Pioneer News Network

MANISTEE — Andrew Solberg made all four of his free throw attempts in the final 30 seconds of the game to seal the win as Manistee beat Evart 50-42 in overtime for its first victory of the season on Dec. 18.

While the Chippewas (1-4) shot decent as a team from the line at 62 percent (23-for-37), the Wildcats (1-3) were sunk at the stripe by shooting just 34 percent (8-for-23).

“We have our moments,” said Evart coach Kris Morgan. “Last game we went 5-for-6. We’re getting to the line, we’re just not converting them.”

Nearly all the scoring in overtime came at the line with Manistee making 9 of 17 to outscore the Wildcats 11-3 in the extra four-minute session.

Solberg led the Chippewas with 18 points and chipped in eight rebounds and four steals while Jordan MacArthur finished with eight points and 16 rebounds.

Jonathon Hooker scored nine of his team-high 12 points in the first quarter to lead the Wildcats, but was saddled with foul trouble most of the game before picking up his fifth early in overtime. Jared Pattee, who scored 10, and Nate Struble, who finished with eight, also fouled out, leaving Evart short on scoring in key situations.

“That’s definitely over half our points gone from the team,” Morgan said.

“We’ve just got to get the other guys to kind of step up. They’re running the offense all right, we just got to get them to score a little more.”

Manistee won the tip and took its first lead three seconds later on a Solberg layup, but Hooker scored all nine of his team’s points in the first quarter to knot the score.

Hooker hit the bench with four fouls with 3:15 left in the second after picking up a personal and technical.

A scheduled game for the Wildcats on Friday at Beal City was postponed because of the weather. No makeup date has been announced.

The next scheduled game is Jan. 4 at home with Lake City.