Evart boys basketball beats Farwell 57-51 for team’s first win of season

Evart’s Donavin Reagan dribbles the ball down the court. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

EVART — Monday’s boys basketball game at Evart featured a battle of teams which have struggled so far this year and badly needed a win.

Farwell entered the game at 0-8 while Evart was 0-6. But this was Evart’s night with the Wildcats taking a 57-51 nonleague victory.

Billy Conklin and Nick Sylvester scored 14 points apiece while Shane Todd added eight and Donavin Reagan seven.

“It’s been a struggle from the offensive side,” Wildcat coach Kyle Morgan said. “There were a lot of fouls tonight. We had to go through pretty much everybody. We’re struggling to get healthy and struggling to get though this stretch so we can get to February and play some good ball.”

The Wildcats were up 14-10 after the first quarter. Shane Todd hit four free throws midway in the second to spark his team to a 25-14 lead. Farwell stayed alive with 3-point shots but Evart remained in control. Jericho VanScoyoc scored off his own steal for a 30-21 halftime lead.

Farwell was called for a technical foul late in the third quarter and Sylvester sank two free throws for a 45-35 Evart lead, entering the fourth.

Travis Bauer scored on a drive to cut Evart’s lead to 46-39 at 5:34 of the fourth. But the Wildcats made the key plays to stay ahead. Sylvester scored off the glass for a 52-43 lead with 1:59 to play.

It was a season high 14 points for Sylvester.

“We were taking our time on offense instead of rushing through,” Sylvester said. “We can’t turn the ball over too much.”

Evart is anticipating the return from injuries in the near future of Karsten Allen and Caleb Hutchinson.

“We have to keep doing what we do and attack the basket,” Todd said.

Evart is home on Friday against Highland Conference foe, Marion, which has an 0-7 record. It will be part of a doubleheader with the girls varsity team.

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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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