SYRACUSE, NY. – January 18, 2009 – The Onondaga Community College men’s basketball team traveled to Broome Community College on Saturday for a rematch of the past two seasons’ Mid-State Athletic Conference Championship Game and came away with a come from behind 108-101 overtime victory. The win raised the Lazers’ overall record to 8-8, and their MSAC mark to 2-1. It was also Onondaga’s 4th win in their last 5 games.
Onondaga started well against Broome, jumping out to an early 7-0 advantage. The Hornets recovered, however, and came back to hold a 38-27 lead at halftime. Onondaga cut in to the lead early in the second half, but the Lazers weren’t able to catch the Hornets, and still trailed, 90-84, with 13 seconds to go. At that point Jordan Barzee (Syracuse Christian Home School) connected on a three-pointer, the Lazers forced a 5 second violation on the ensuing inbounds, and Eric Ball (Syracuse Bishop Grimes) connected on another three pointer to force overtime. In the extra session Matt Potter (New Berlin Unadilla Valley) scored 10 of his game high 29 points as the Lazers outscored the Hornets, 18-11, to come away with the win. Potter also pulled down 21 rebounds, tying the Onondaga single game record set by Shane Williams (Syracuse West Genesee / Lindenwood University) set against Tompkins Cortland Community College on February 7, 2007. Potter was one of 6 double figure scorers for Onondaga. Ball was next in the scoring column with 18 points, while Brad Romancik (LaFayette), Zach Chawgo (LaFayette), and Jason Kondra (East Syracuse-Minoa) tallied 15, 13, and 12 points respectively. Barzee rounded out the double figure scorers with 10. Potter also posted team bests with 5 assists and 5 blocked shots. while Nate Foote (Norwich) grabbed 7 rebounds.
Onondaga came into the Broome game off of a 74-68 home loss to Corning Community College last Thursday night. In that game the Red Barons jumped out to a 24-10 advantage and the Lazers never fully recovered. Kondra led the Lazers with 20 points, while Potter added 15 points, 13 rebounds, and 4 blocked shots. Barzee handed out a team high 6 assists.
Onondaga next plays tomorrow, Martin Luther King Day, in a 3:00 pm home contest against Fulton-Montgomery Community College.
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