SYRACUSE, NY. – November 26, 2008 – The Onondaga Community College men’s basketball team defeated Schenectady County Community College, 84-62, at home last night. The win was Onondaga’s 8th straight over Schenectady, and raised the Lazers’ record to 4-3 on the season. The game also represented a strong bounce back effort from the Lazers, who were coming into the game off of a 101-55 loss to Hudson Valley Community College, the #2 ranked National Junior College Athletic Association team in the nation, on Saturday afternoon.
Against Schenectady last night, the Lazers scored the game’s first 4 points and never looked back. Onondaga held a 50-37 halftime advantage, and gradually stretched the lead to the final margin. Four Lazer starters reached double figures, led by Matt Potter (New Berlin Unadilla Valley), who recorded a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds, and also blocked 4 shots. Jordan Barzee (Syracuse Christian Home School) added 20 points, and Jason Kondra (East Syracuse-Minoa) produced 14 points and a team best 10 assists. Eric Ball (Syracuse Bishop Grimes) was the final double figure scorer with 11 points, and also pulled down a team high 13 rebounds. The Lazers also received a spark from Eldar Kadic (Liverpool), who keyed a Lazer first half run by scoring 9 consecutive points, a career high. Rebounding was largely the difference in the game, as the Lazers owned a 60-38 advantage over the Royals on the boards.
Last Saturday against Hudson Valley, the Vikings limited Onondaga to 4 first half field goals in moving out to a 41-17 halftime advantage. Hudson Valley then opened the second half on a 10-2 run, and the game was never in doubt from that point. No Lazers reached double figures in the contest, as Brad Romancik (LaFayette) and Dan Mabbett (Mohawk Jarvis) were Onondaga’s top scorers with 9 and 8 points respectively. Turnovers were a major factor in the game, as Onondaga committed 37 as compared to 19 for Hudson Valley. The Vikings also made 41 of 74 shots (55%), compared to 20 of 53 (38%) shooting for the Lazers.
Onondaga returns to action on Wednesday, December 3, with the first of three straight road contests, an 8:00 pm tip-off at Mohawk Valley Community College. The Lazers will then travel to Clinton Community College and North Country Community College on December 6 & 7. Onondaga returns home on Saturday, December 13, when the Lazers host Lehigh Carbon Community College at 5:00 pm in the opening round of the Onondaga Community College Classic.
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