SYRACUSE, NY. – February 11, 2009 – The Onondaga Community College men’s basketball team came from behind again last night, rallying for a 71-63 Mid-State Athletic Conference win over Broome Community College. The Lazers, who were playing their 4th game in 6 days, raised their overall record to 13-12, and their conference mark to 6-3. Onondaga now stands in 3rd place in the MSAC, 1-1/2 games behind conference leading Jefferson Community College, and 1 game in back of 2nd place Finger Lakes Community College. The Lazers are 2-1/2 games in front of 4th place Tompkins Cortland Community College and 5th place Corning Community College, and 3 games in front of 6th place Cayuga Community College with 3 games remaining. The top 4 MSAC teams will qualify for the conference championship tournament, to be held at the home court of the regular season champion on the weekend of February 21 and 22.
The game against Broome was closely contested throughout, with neither team holding a lead of more than 5 points in the first half. Eric Ball (Syracuse Bishop Grimes) connected on a long three-pointer as the first half buzzer sounded, cutting the Broome lead to a single point, 31-30, at the break. After halftime, the game remained tightly contested until the visiting Hornets were able to open up their largest lead of the game, 55-47, with 7:29 to go. At that point, Onondaga went on a 10-0 run to regain the lead, part of a 24-8 closing run that secured the victory. Josh Michlovitch (Liverpool), scored a career high 18 points, with 16 coming in the second half, to lead the Lazers. Ball added 16, and Jason Kondra (East Syracuse-Minoa) added 15. Brandon Haughton (Cicero-North Syracuse) also reached double figures with 10 points. Matt Potter (New Berlin Unadilla Valley) pulled down a team high 9 rebounds, while Dave Foltz (Auburn) handed out 5 assists and Ryan Ellis (Seneca Falls Mynderse Academy) recorded 3 steals. The Hornets made only 24 of 64 field goal attempts (37.5%), and the Lazers made only 26 of 61 (42.6%). Broome owned a 51-30 rebounding advantage, but committed 20 turnovers, compared to 15 for Onondaga.
Onondaga came into last night’s game off of a weekend split. On Saturday, the Lazers traveled to Corning and came away with a 78-68 Mid-State Athletic Conference win. On Sunday, they returned home and dropped a 107-103 home non-conference game to North Country Community College. The Corning game was tied at 54 with 7:10 to go when Onondaga went on a 14-0 run to take control. Brad Romancik (LaFayette) and Haughton paced Onondaga with 14 points each. Kondra added 13, and Potter added 11. Against North Country, Jordan Barzee (Syracuse Christian Home School) converted a three-point play with 16 seconds to go to send the game to overtime. In the extra session the Lazers held a 102-99 lead with 1:41 to go, but the Saints closed with an 8-1 run. Potter led Onondaga with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Romancik also posted a double double with 16 points and 10 boards, and Kondra scored 18 points and handed out 8 assists. Ball and Barzee reached double figures with 15 and 10 points respectively.
Onondaga plays its final regular season home game on Thursday night at 8:00 pm, as they host Finger Lakes. The Lazers then close out the regular season on the road with a pair of games, Sunday at 3:00 pm at Jefferson, and next Tuesday at 5:00 pm at Tompkins Cortland.
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