Pattee’s basket lifts Evart to victory


EVART — Jared Pattee drove for the winning basket at the buzzer to lead Evart past McBain Northern Michigan Christian 49-47 Saturday.

Evart was up 15-7 after the first quarter and 27-20 at halftime and led 35-34 after the third. The two teams battled it out in the fourth.

“We started off pretty strong,” said Evart coach Kris Morgan. “We ran our offense pretty well  in the first half. We didn’t make our free throws. We were 2-for-8 in the first half, We went on a run in the second quarter.”

The visitors took a four-point lead in the fourth

Evart had a three-point lead late in the game, But Matt Pluger’s 3-pointer tied it with 9.8 seconds to go.

“We called time out and drew up a play to let Jared Pattee run the floor, get around his guy and go to the basket,” Morgan said. “That’s just what he did, got the ball and went strong to the hole all the way through and scored as time expired.”

On that play “Devon VanOrder was on the opposite side and Jared had been going around his guys all game,” Morgan said. “They ran man defense on us in the second half.”

Trevor Gernaat had 26 points for the Comets while Matt Pluger had 11.

“After that, they didn’t have much else, “Morgan said. “We knew going into it that we had to limit them or make them take tough shots. We did pretty well on him even though he scored 26.”

Evart plays at McBain NMC on Thursday. Saturday’s game was a makeup.

“We talked about the Big Three teams that have been hanging around high in the conference over the years, Beal City, McBain and McBain NMC,” Morgan said. “We said to take the next step, we’d have to beat some of those teams. We beat Beal earlier and now MMC.”

Evart is 7-10 overall and 5-6 in the conference. It’s the most league wins for Evart in five seasons.

Nathan Struble had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Evart while Jacob Hopkins had 12 points and six rebounds and VanOrder four points and 10 rebounds. Pattee had nine points.

Evart hosts the Class C districts next week.