SYRACUSE, NY. – March 6, 2008 – The Onondaga Community College 2007-08 men’s basketball season came to an end last weekend with a 73-71 loss to eventual champion SUNY Cobleskill in the National Junior College Athletic Association Region III Division III Quarter-Finals at Herkimer County Community College. Onondaga was competing in regional play for the 7th consecutive year, the longest active streak among Mid-State Athletic Conference schools and the 3rd longest streak in all of Region III. The Lazers were also the Mid-State Athletic Conference regular season co-champions, the 2nd consecutive year that they finished at the top of the conference standings. Onondaga posted a 9-3 conference record and reached the championship game of the conference tournament, where they fell to Broome Community College.
The Lazers, in their 8th season under head coach Dave Pasiak (Waterville), completed the season with an overall record of 22-9, and the #5 ranking within Region III. Onondaga also cracked the national rankings earlier in the season, reaching #16 in the NJCAA national poll. Onondaga is 153-90 overall in Pasiak’s 8 seasons at the helm, and has qualified for post-season play (region and/or conference) in every season. This season Pasiak was named the Mid-State Athletic Conference Coach of the Year for the 3rd time and also became Onondaga’s all-time winningest coach, passing Hank Fengler, who won 139 games from 1977 to 1983 and 1988 to 1991.
Zack Thomsen (New Berlin Unadilla Valley) was Onondaga’s co-captain and starting point guard for all 31 games. Thomsen averaged 12.4 points and 4.9 assists per contest. He also led the Lazers in assists, three-point goals made, three point percentage, free throw percentage, and minutes played. He had a 3:1 assist to turnover ratio, and his 51 turnovers on the season were the fewest ever for an Onondaga point guard and less than ½ of the number of turnovers recorded by opposing starting point guards. He was named to the Mid-State Athletic Conference All-Conference Team and was named 2nd Team Region III All-Region. He was also named the Most Valuable Player of the Anthony Torchia Memorial Classic, and was the Mid-State Athletic Conference Player of the Week for the week ending January 27. He posted season highs of 26 points in a win over Clinton Community College and 10 assists in a win over IMG Academy.
Shane Williams (Camillus West Genesee) led the Lazers in both scoring and rebounding this season. He averaged 16.0 points and 11.2 rebounds per contest. In the process, he set both single season and career rebounding records for Onondaga, as he collected 336 rebounds on the season, bringing his career total to 638 rebounds and breaking both the single season record of 308 set by Kenny Gethers (Syracuse Bishop Grimes / Rochester Institute of Technology) in 2004-05 and the career mark of 486 set by Joe Olsen (Central Square P.V. Moore / Daemen College), set from 2002 to 2004. He also established a new career record for blocked shots with 88, breaking the record set by Dan Marsella (Liverpool / Erskine College) from 2003 to 2005. Williams was named to the Mid-State Athletic Conference All-Conference Team and was named 2nd Team Region III All-Region. He was also the NJCAA Division III national Co-Player of the Week for the week ending December 9, and the Mid-State Athletic Conference Player of the Week and the Region III Male Athlete of the Week for the week ending January 20. He was also the Most Valuable Player of the Onondaga Community College Classic. Williams posted highs of 26 points against Bunker Hill Community College and 18 rebounds on two different occasions.
Chris Vincent (Baldwinsville C.W. Baker) played in all 31 games and averaged 13.4 points and a team best 1.5 steals per game this season. He was 2nd on the team in field goal percentage, three-point percentage, and free throw percentage. He posted season highs of 26 points in a win over IMG Academy, 9 rebounds on two different occasions, and 8 assists in a win over Clinton.
Kevin Barrett (Syracuse Bishop Ludden) was one of Onondaga’s co-captains. He averaged 10.0 points and 6.2 rebounds per contest, and shot a team best 50.9% from the floor. He had season bests of 26 points in a win over Mid-State Conference champion Broome, and 12 rebounds and 7 assists in a win at Tompkins Cortland Community College. He was an honorable mention All-Conference selection.
Pete Byrne (Syracuse Bishop Ludden) played in all 31 games, averaging 4.9 points and 2.7 assists per game. He had season highs of 12 points in the win over Mohawk Valley Community College in the Torchia Classic final, and 9 assists in the win over IMG.
Luke Schrader (Herkimer) also played in all 31 games. He averaged 5.7 points per game and scored in double figures 10 times. He had season highs of 14 points in the win over SUNY Delhi, 8 assists in the home win over Mohawk Valley, 6 rebounds in a win over Queensborough Community College, and 6 steals in a win over Schenectady County Community College.
Jason Kondra (East Syracuse-Minoa) played in 26 games, averaging 4.7 points and 2.8 assists per contest. He had season highs of 14 points at Broome, 10 rebounds in the win over Clinton, and 8 assists on two separate occasions.
Ryan Chapman (Syracuse Bishop Ludden) played in 25 games, averaging 6.5 points per contest and shooting 55.5% from the floor. He posted season highs of 18 points in the season opening win at Jamestown Community College-Cattaraugus County, 9 rebounds in the championship game of the Onondaga Community College Classic against Columbia Greene Community College, and 8 assists in the win over Queensborough.
Pat Crowley (Union Springs) played in 30 games, averaging 2.2 points per contest. His season highs were 7 points in the home win over Mohawk Valley and 5 rebounds in the win at Mohawk Valley.
Brett Liedka (Syracuse Bishop Grimes) played in 27 games and averaged 3.1 points and 3.4 rebounds per contest. His season highs were 11 points against Queensborough and 9 rebounds on two occasions.
Matt Potter (New Berlin Unadilla Valley) played in 24 games, averaging 2.4 points and 1.8 rebounds and shooting 84.6% from the foul line. He had highs of 6 points and 5 rebounds, each on two occasions.
Brandon Haughton (Cicero-North Syracuse) played in 19 games and averaged 1.9 points and 1.8 rebounds per game. He scored 6 points in the home win over Columbia Greene and grabbed 6 rebounds at Clinton.
Jordan Barzee (Syracuse Christian - Home School) played in 20 games, scoring 28 points on the season. He had a high of 7 points in the season opening win at Jamestown-Cattaraugus.
James Burns (Herkimer) scored 35 points in 18 appearances. He scored 6 points in the win over IMG Academy and grabbed 5 rebounds at Clinton. Cameron Manley (Fort Plain) scored 9 points, grabbed 4 rebounds, and handed out 5 assists in 16 games.
Dan Shelly (Camillus West Genesee) scored 12 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in 11 games. He had a high of 5 points at North Country Community College. Ben Johnson (Sherburne-Earlville) scored 4 points, grabbed 3 rebounds, and handed out 3 assists in 6 appearances.
Eldar Kadic (Liverpool), Josh Kennedy (Chittenango), and Tim Scholz (Camillus West Genesee) were redshirt members of this year’s team.
Thomsen, Williams, Vincent, Barrett, Byrne, Schrader, Chapman, Crowley, Liedka, Manley, and Johnson have completed their careers at Onondaga. All are expected to transfer to four-year institutions and continue their playing careers. Their transfer plans will be announced in the near future. Kondra, Potter, Haughton, Barzee, Burns, Shelly, Kadic, Kennedy, and Scholz are expected back at Onondaga next season.
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