SYRACUSE, NY. – November 17, 2008 – The Onondaga Community College men’s basketball team defeated Jamestown Community College-Cattaraugus, 112-84, at home on Sunday afternoon. The win was Onondaga’s second over a National Junior College Athletic Association Division II team this season, as the Lazers had also knocked off Mercyhurst North East in the opening round of the Anthony Torchia Memorial Classic at Mohawk Valley Community College the weekend earlier. Onondaga was coming into yesterday’s game off of a 95-83 loss at SUNY Delhi on Thursday evening. The Lazers now have a record of 3-2 on the season.
Sunday, after Jamestown-Cattaraugus jumped out to a 4-0 lead, the Lazers scored the game’s next 13 points and never trailed the rest of the way. Onondaga led 53-44 at halftime, and quickly extended the advantage to double figures to open the second half, after which the visiting Jaguars never threatened. All 17 players on the Onondaga roster saw action in the contest, with 13 breaking into the scoring column. Jason Kondra (East Syracuse-Minoa) led the way with 21 points and 11 assists. Matt Potter (New Berlin Unadilla Valley) added 15 points and 6 rebounds, while Brad Romancik (LaFayette) and Brandon Haughton (Cicero-North Syracuse) tallied 14 points each. Jordan Barzee (Syracuse Christian Home School) chipped in 13 points and handed out 8 assists, while Tyler Eustace (Liverpool) pulled down a team best 8 rebounds. The Lazers connected on 46 of 86 shots from the floor (53%) while limiting Jamestown-Cattaraugus to 28 of 67 (41 %). Onondaga owned a 45-39 rebounding advantage and forced 27 Jaguar turnovers while committing 16 turnovers themselves. Jamestown-Cattaraugus held the advantage at the foul line, making 24 of 31 attempts, while the Lazers connected on 12 of 16 from the line.
Last Thursday at Delhi, the host Broncos used an 11-3 run to break a 41-41 halftime tie, and then held off several Onondaga rallies to come away with the win. Kondra led the Lazers with 30 points, but Barzee was the only other double figure scorer with 10. Potter pulled down a career high 16 rebounds, and Romancik and Josh Michlovitch (Liverpool) each handed out 4 assists. The Lazers outrebounded Delhi, 51-46, committed 17 turnovers to Delhi’s 19, and attempted 1 more free throw than the Broncos. They were undone, however, by an ice cold shooting night, making only 28 of 85 attempts from the floor (33%), while the Broncos connected on 35 of 67 attempts (52%).
Onondaga returns to action on Saturday afternoon as they take on Hudson Valley Community College. The game will begin at 4:00 pm, and will be played at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy. The Lazers return home next Tuesday, November 25, for a 6:00 pm contest against Schenectady County Community College, a game that was originally scheduled to be played in Schenectady.
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