Cicero In a matter of days, the Cicero-North Syracuse boys basketball team went from a low point of its season to a high one.
Held in check during a 64-46 defeat to West Genesee last Tuesday night, the Northstars came back home Friday and hit all the shots that it missed in Camillus, leading to an impressive 68-53 victory over defending Section III Class AA champion Henninger.
"That's a real big win for us," said head coach John Haas.
Though it was Senior Night, it was a junior, Connor Evans, that produced the most excitement for the home fans. In the span of less than a minute late in the second quarter, Evans, all by himself, turned a close game that had featured 12 lead changes into a one-sided affair.
With C-NS, who lost to Henninger 67-57 back on Dec. 13, trailing 28-27 in the rematch, Evans began his big move with a 3-pointer. Seconds later he got the ball back, was fouled and made both free throws.
Then, on C-NS's next possession, Evans was fouled again taking a 3-point shot from the corner, and that led to two more successful free throws. Finally, Henninger turned it over and Evans converted a driving lay-up.
All told, Evans had scored nine points in 45 seconds, and the Northstars led 36-28 at halftime. Maintaining that momentum, C-NS torched Henninger for four more 3-pointers early in the third quarter - two of them from Evans, one each from Brian DeMonte and Troy McIntyre.
By the time the Black Knights could process what had taken place, C-NS had completed a 30-8 run, and Evans had half of those points, 15. For good measure, Evans tossed in back-to-back baskets in the fourth quarter to thwart Henninger's late comeback bid, and he finished with 26 points, plus six steals.