Pattee filling the bill at point guard

EVART — Plenty is being expected of Evart’s newest starter on the boys basketball team, Jared Pattee, and the Wildcat sophomore point guard is looking to deliver.

Coach Kris Morgan recently brought Pattee up from the junior varsity to the varsity and the newest Wildcat has been making significant contributions.

The Wildcats lost recently to defending state runners-up in Class C, McBain, in a home Highland Conference game last Friday. Pattee, making his varsity debut up from the JVs, scored 13 points and had three assists and four steals.

“As of right now, he’s coming off the bench, but he’ll be starting very soon,” Morgan said after that game. “He had a broken wrist and was out for surgery and was just cleared to come back. He played a couple of games (with the junior varsity) with a brace.”

Last Thursday, in a 59-50 loss to Pine River, Pattee had 10 points including two triples, in his second varsity game.

“I guess not very good because we lost both games,” Pattee said of his first two varsity performances. “We’d like to get a couple of wins.”

Against Pine River, “we did see some good things but there are also things we need to improve on,” he added, “like cutting down our turnovers, passing the ball …”

Pattee said his main role has been “to get the ball to our scorers and basically distribute the ball and get our players involved.”

It was similar to his role while he was playing for the JVs.

“He played all right, he’s still learning,” Morgan said after the Pine River game. “He forced it in two much sometimes. He’s going to be our point guard.”

“It’s the speed at first, but it came,” Pattee said when asked what the biggest adjustment was from JV to varsity. “It’d be nice to get a couple of wins now. We need to make the easy baskets and make the free throws.”

It’s only been two games but the Evart sophomore feels he’s been fitting in with the other varsity players.

“I think we’ve been able to find each other. I need to play a little more and get more comfortable with the guys,” Pattee said.

Evart, 3-6 overall and 0-5 in the Highland, played at McBain Northern Michigan Christian on Tuesday and is at Beal City Friday.

“There’s things we need to improve on like cutting down on turnovers,” said Pattee. “We know we’re a good team. We need to show it.”