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C-NS boys get even, beats Liverpool in OT

Evans scores 22 after missing first meeting with Warriors

Cicero-North Syracuse forward Ronnie Williams (32) blocks a shot attempt by Liverpool's Bobby King in Tuesday night's game. The Northstars prevailed 65-62 in overtime, avenging a Dec. 10 defeat to the Warriors, as Williams earned 10 points and seven rebounds.

Cicero-North Syracuse forward Ronnie Williams (32) blocks a shot attempt by Liverpool's Bobby King in Tuesday night's game. The Northstars prevailed 65-62 in overtime, avenging a Dec. 10 defeat to the Warriors, as Williams earned 10 points and seven rebounds. Hal Henty

— When the Liverpool boys basketball team pulled away from Cicero-North Syracuse and won their first head-to-head encounter earlier this season, someone was missing.

And that someone – specifically, Connor Evans – had a lot to do with the Northstars getting even with the rival Warriors Tuesday night during a tense 65-62 overtime victory.

In each instance, the road team won, but this came with both rosters at full strength. That wasn’t the case back on Dec. 10, when Liverpool prevailed 77-63 by pulling away in the second half while Evans, sitting out with a concussion, watched from the bench.

Now, though, Evans had recovered, and so had the Northstars, who had moved above .500 while Liverpool, after a hot start, had fallen backward with back-to-back defeats to Henninger and Oswego.

Evans’ desire to make a difference, and the Warriors’ need to end its skid, led to a tense and terrific battle, one where C-NS played terrific defense in the first half, steadily working its way to a 28-20 lead by the break.

In the fourth quarter, Liverpool still trailed 47-41, but it staged a furious comeback, forging a 59-59 tie as neither team was able to decide it at the end of regulation.

During the four-minute OT period, points were precious, but C-NS got out in front. As he has done so many other times this season, Troy McIntyre played big down the stretch with key steals to keep the Warriors from another comeback.

But it was Evans at the forefront, doing a bit of everything. He scored 22 points, including three of C-NS’s eight 3-pointers, blocked five shots, dished out three assists and added four rebounds, but also had plenty of help from his Northstars teammates.

McIntyre had 14 points, adding five assists, four blocks and three rebounds, while Brian DeMonte also managed 14 points, plus six rebounds. Ronnie Williams worked inside for 10 points and a team-high seven rebounds.

Liverpool, in defeat, also had four players score in double figures, though no one got close to Evans’ total. Instead, Caleb Taylor, Matt Hunter and Justin Capoto put up 12 points apiece, with Tyler Sullivan adding 10 points. Bobby King had seven points and Brandon Derouchie got six points.

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And1 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Ok Phil...We are now getting worried about your fascination with Connor Evans...You seem to omit a lot of facts from your articles...Such as: when C-NS was ahead 11-3 in the first qtr and had 5 consectutive steals that could have burried Liverpool, Connor had 5 consectuive turnovers. This was a team effort, if you take McIntyre, Demonte or Williams out of this game, C-NS losses by 20.

You also seem to omit that Evans takes and misses the most shots, usually forced, out of the offense and contested, leaving everyone else standing around watching. Everyone is getting tired of your extremely one-sided, usually inaccurate reporting of game events. Evans is one player out of five on the court, there were several big plays in that game...McIntyre getting 2 consecutive steals in OT, Demonte hitting a huge 3 point shot when Liverpool making a run in the 4th qtr. (tying or taking the lead at that point) You didn't even mention Caleb Taylors monstrous Alley-Oop dunk that got the crowd wild.

Would the game at C-NS have been different if Connor played, probably. But, you take any one of the players mentioned above out and the same would be true. This is a TEAM GAME!

BTW--Connor shot 30% for the game....and had 7 or 8 turnovers...

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