Since the calendar flipped to 2017, Loyola senior guard Ramar Evans has stepped up his game.

Which is saying something, considering he already was the team’s best player.

In the new year, the Ramblers are 4-0, including 3-0 in the Catholic North, raising their overall record to 13-5 and 5-1 in the conference.

Evans has become a better scorer without sacrificing efficiency. In the four games, he is averaging 18.5 points, shooting 61.9 percent from the field. He’s also averaging 4.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.5 steals.

“He’s understanding areas to score within our offense a little bit better,” Loyola head coach Tom Livatino said. “Ramar has discovered his pull-up game and is finishing better at the basket. He has bailed us out at times when our offense — and defense — hasn’t been clicking.”

Evans’ best game of the season came in the team’s 60-59 overtime win over St. Joseph on Jan. 13. He scored a career-high 27 points, but he also had eight rebounds, four assists and two steals. Not only did Evans send the game into OT with two free throws, he made two free throws to win the game.

For the season, Evans leads Loyola in points (14.0), rebounds (6.0), assists (4.1), steals (1.7) and deflections (5.0). He’s also shooting 48.0 percent from the field and 71.5 percent from the free throw line.

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