BY JIM SCHILTZ
SCHENECTADY — Back in December, Niskayuna captured the Arthur Hilliard Memorial Tournament championship with a big second half at Schenectady. There have been ups and downs — especially downs recently — since.
But with a return to the Pat Riley Sports Center, the Silver Warriors got back to their winning ways Friday night, and the same guy who starred in December led them again.
Andrew Evans scored 21 of his season-high 36 points over the final two quarters, and Niskayuna ended a three-game slide with a back-and-forth 70-65 Suburban Council victory over the Patriots.
“Coach said they’ll be hungry. We knew they were going to be ready,” Evans, a senior guard, said. “When they went on their runs, we were able to contain it with tough defense and good ball movement.
“That’s what we hadn’t been doing so great the last few games.”
Niskayuna (8-6, 10-7) raced to a 22-12 first-quarter lead, and after Schenectady (11-6, 9-5) sliced its deficit to 32-20 at the break, the Silver Warriors put together a 22-10 third-quarter spree before holding on.