With a few swift dribbles, a step back and then a thrust towards the hoop, Tyreke Evans brought down the Palestra with his floating layup late in the fourth quarter of Sunday night’s Battle for I-95.
Game organizer Rahim Thompson perched up from his floor seat in front of the scorer’s table and raised his hands to the sold-out crowd. Evans, a Chester native, finished an astonishing 18 points and 18 rebounds. Evans, a guard with wicked handles, grabbed a team-high rebounds despite being just six-foot-six inches.
“It was pretty cool, we’re all out there just playing,” said Evans. “It’s a lockout, got nothing else to do so we just went there and had fun.”
Evans last played at the Palestra during his senior year at American Christian Academy. But that game wasn’t nearly as crowded nor hot as Sunday night, Evans said.