McBain's height too much for Evart boys basketball

EVART—Evart has found some success this season with the small ball lineup, but on Wednesday night, McBain's height might have been too much for the Wildcats to handle.

McBain beat Evart on Wednesday night using a combination of solid outside shooting and successful inside cuts by their larger forwards, with the Ramblers pulling off a 55-43 victory. Evart falls to 7-7 overall and 6-5 in conference play.

"I thought we played well. We had three real keys going into the game. We wanted to pressure their guards with our 1-3-1 and press with Dakobe really working them," Coach Kris Morgan said. "The second second key was to stop (Evan) Haverkamp down low I thought Cam Darling had the best game of his career. He's not the most physical guy but we really asked him to body Haverkamp up front. The third key was backside rebounds and backside help and that's the one that killed us."

McBain took the early first quarter lead, 21-14, but the Evart defense held strong in the second quarter. The Wildcats would hold the Ramblers to only three second quarter points and go into halftime down 24-21. In the second half, McBain figured out how to score against Evart's zone defense using Kalvin McGillis, who scored 24 points on the night. Entering the third quarter, McBain had pulled away to a 45-35 lead.

"We just can't play behind anybody, any big that posts up it's just going to be one step," Morgan said. "Our bigs are not very tall and they don't weigh that much either. So you always gotta be up front. We did that a few weeks ago against NMC where we had a guy in front and backside help. We tried to speed things up and make it a fast paced game because when they slowed things down they really pounded down low and we had no chance."

Dakobe White led the Wildcats in scoring with 16 points. Kamden Darling scored 11 points while Marcel White scored six points.

Evart will go to Pine River (2-11, 1-8 in conference) on Friday night, with the boys game taking place at 5:30 p.m.

"We definitely will change your game plan, a little bit going into Pine River. We won't focus so much on the bigs underneath," Morgan said. "We'll still speed things up and we'll still run. They got some pretty good guards, too."