EVART - Christmas vacation is over. It's back to the serious business of basketball

This was the case for Evart and Baldwin boys basketball teams, who had their JV and varsity squads get together for a scrimmage on Friday afternoon at Evart.

They'll both resume regular-season action next week.

Baldwin (3-2) is at Walkerville on Thursday

"It went all right," Evart senior Justin Buckner said. "We played better defense and we were moving the ball pretty good.

"We're doing all right. We've had our ups and downs. I think we're pulling together."

Coach Kris Morgan agreed.

"It's been awhile since we have had everyone in here since Christmas break,' Morgan said. "It was a good timing (with the schedule). I liked it. It's nice to have (Baldwin coach) JJ (Eads) over here. He does a nice job with those guys. It's mutually beneficial for us to meet up."

Eads was Reed City's varsity coach the past three years

"I thought it went all right," Eads said. "It's the first time we had a chance to do 5-on-5 since Christmas. I thought overall we did OK. We obviously have things to work on both ends of the court. Overall, we played hard today.

"We have to do a better job on rebounding and taking care of the loose balls, those types of things. Our passing was pretty rough today. Overall, I think our defense was OK."

Both teams, like other basketball squads, now have full schedules until the end of the season.

"It's just going to be go-go-go," Eads said. "Hopefully, we'll stay healthy and those type of things."