Niskayuna boys’ basketball picks up 10th win

Andrew Evans of Niskayuna takes a shot behind John Ryals of Schenectady Friday, January 29, 2016. (PETER R. BARBER/DAILY GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER)Andrew Evans of Niskayuna takes a shot behind John Ryals of Schenectady Friday, January 29, 2016. (PETER R. BARBER/DAILY GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER)

BY JIM SCHILTZ
Gazette Sportswriter

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.

To read more of this report, head to dailygazette.com.

About the Author

Michael Kelly
Michael Kelly is a sports reporter for Your Clifton Park and Your Niskayuna, weekly print publications of The Daily Gazette. Kelly grew up in Clifton Park and graduated from Shenendehowa High School in 2006. He is also a 2010 graduate of the Stony Brook University School of Journalism. Kelly's work has been honored by the New York News Publishers Association, the New York State Associated Press Association, and the Associated Press Sports Editors. His work has previously been featured in The (Amsterdam) Recorder, The Saratogian, and Albany Times Union.