SYRACUSE, NY. – February 4, 2008 – The Onondaga Community College men’s basketball team faced double figure deficits in both of its games over the weekend, but the Lazers were able to rally both times to capture a pair of wins. On Saturday, the Lazers defeated neighboring rival Cayuga Community College, 62-47, in a Mid-State Athletic Conference contest at Cayuga. The win gave the Lazers a sweep of the season series with the Spartans for the second consecutive year and ran Onondaga’s conference record to 7-1. Yesterday, the Lazers followed that up with a 93-83 non-conference home win over Clinton Community College. That victory avenged a 71-55 loss at Clinton on December 2, and raised Onondaga’s overall record to 18-5.
Against Cayuga, the Spartans raced out to a 16-1 advantage, 4:55 into the contest. Onondaga was able to regroup, however, and closed the gap to 26-22 by halftime. The Lazers then went on a 14-0 run to open the second half, and built the lead to as much as 20 during the second stanza. Zack Thomsen (New Berlin Unadilla Valley) scored all 11 of his points in the second half to lead the Lazers. Jason Kondra (East Syracuse-Minoa) added a career high 10 points and 5 steals, and Kevin Barrett (Syracuse Bishop Ludden) also added 10 points and a team high 7 rebounds. Barrett, Pete Byrne (Syracuse Bishop Ludden), and Chris Vincent (Baldwinsville C.W. Baker) all handed out 4 assists. Onondaga again produced a solid defensive effort, limiting Cayuga to 19 of 59 shooting (32%) and forcing 22 Spartan turnovers. The Lazers made 24 of 51 shots (47%) and held a 37-34 rebounding advantage, allowing them to overcome 22 turnovers of their own.
While the Cayuga game was an offensive struggle for both teams, yesterday’s game was just the opposite in the first half, as both teams shot over 55% from the floor. Clinton was able to capitalize on 10 first half Lazer turnovers, however, and built a 51-41 halftime lead. Onondaga again responded to start the second half, however, outscoring the Cougars 36-13 over the first 13 minutes of the second stanza to build a 77-64 lead. Clinton was able to get within 5 late, but Onondaga ultimately held the guests off for the win. Thomsen again led the Lazers, scoring 18 of his game high 26 points in the second half. Vincent added 21 points and 8 assists, while Shane Williams (Camillus West Genesee) had a solid effort with 18 points, 9 rebounds, 3 steals, and 4 blocked shots. Barrett also hit double figures with 16 points, and Kondra was the leading rebounder with 10. Onondaga made 32 of 59 shots for the game (54%), while Clinton cooled off in the second half and ended up making 31 of 68 attempts (46%) for the game. The Lazers owned a commanding 44-23 rebounding advantage.
Onondaga returns to action with another pair of games this weekend. On Saturday the Lazers host Corning Community College in a 3:00 pm Mid-State Conference contest. Then on Sunday, Onondaga hosts North Country Community College in a 1:00 pm non-conference tilt.
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