Manton boys defeat Evart

Cam Martin works with the ball for Evart.
Cam Martin works with the ball for Evart.

EVART — Manton has been tough to beat all season and it proved to be the case again on Thursday.

Evart (2-14, 0-10) fired out to a 6-4 lead early in the game but it was all Manton (13-3, 8-1) after that in a 65-36 Highland Conference boys basketball victory.

Hunter Ruell netted a 3-pointer midway in the first quarter for a 14-8 Manton lead and the Rangers gained control of the game.

Manton led 18-10 after the first quarter and used its height advantage and pesky defense to stymie the Wildcats in the second quarter. Manton’s Darius Potter had a tip-in for a 27-10 Manton lead. Ruell hit a 3-pointer for a 36-11 lead.

It was 46-29 at halftime.

“They are solid but we just kill ourselves,” Evart coach Kris Morgan said. “We had 33 turnovers. It doesn’t matter who we play. We’re not going to win too many games having 33 turnovers.”

Josh Dorn scored for Evart on a baseline move midway in the third but Manton had a huge lead 61-29, which is how it stood going into the fourth.

“They pressure our guards and we just put our heads down and try to create something instead of letting our offense set something up,” Morgan said.

Dorn and Donavin Reagan scored eight points apiece.

“We struggled offensively,” Reagan said. “We couldn’t set up the offense fast enough. That’s about it.”

Ethan Ancick had 12 for Manton. The Wildcats have lost eight straight games.

Evart is home Wednesday against Highland foe Lake City.