Wildcats frustrated by Lake City in 64-53 loss

Evart’s Jericho VanScoyoc (2) dribbles to the basket. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

EVART — Now’s the time of season a boys basketball team wants to start getting some momentum with district action around the corner.

But Evart (2-15, 0-11) still wasn’t able to get the win it needed on Wednesday and lost its ninth straight in a 64-53 Highland Conference verdict to Lake City.

“It’s a lot of the same stuff,” Evart coach Kris Morgan said. “We did what we’d done a lot this year, just shoot ourselves in the foot. We cut it to two or three (in the second half), then we start making some poor decisions. Then Lake City would jump right back up by eight to 10.”

Lake City (5-11, 3-7) led 16-7 after the first quarter.

Nick Sylvester had a 3-point play for the Wildcats to open the second, but the Trojans continued to lead. Josh Dorn scored two straight for Evart to make it 24-16. Cameron Martin scored at the buzzer for Evart, which trailed 34-25 at halftime.

The Wildcats closed the gap to 36-33 early in the third quarter, but struggled to get closer. Sylvester had a key putback late in the quarter for Evart which trailed 46-42, going into the fourth. Benjamin Marion’s layup with 2:30 to play made it 57-48, Trojans.

Matthew Holt’s two free throws made it 59-48 at 2:16

Marion led Lake City with 19 points while Holt had 17 and James Young 13. Sylvester scored 20 points and Dorn had 16 for Evart

“We played OK, but we need to do better on defense,” Dorn said. “We need (better) helpside defense.”

Lake City won 63-47 over Evart earlier this season.

Evart is home on Thursday with Coleman.

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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