SYRACUSE, NY. – February 20, 2009 – Onondaga Community College men’s basketball player Matt Potter (New Berlin Unadilla Valley) has been named to the Mid-State Athletic Conference All-Conference team for the 2008-09 season. Potter, a 6’6” forward, finished 9th in the conference in scoring and 2nd in rebounding, averaging 15.4 points and 10.3 rebounds in conference play, Potter also led the conference in field goal percentage, shooting 55.8% from the floor, finished 3rd in blocked shots with 1.9 per game, and 7th in free throw percentage, shooting 69.5% from the line. Overall on the season, Potter is averaging 14.8 points, 9.6 rebounds, and 2.6 blocked shots per game, and is shooting 56.2% from the floor. He has already established a new Onondaga single season record for blocked shots with 73 to this point, and has twice tied the Lazer single game mark of 21 rebounds, accomplishing that feat in wins at Broome Community College on January 17, and Tompkins Cortland Community College on February 17. He was the MSAC Co-Player of the Week for the week ending January 18.
Onondaga guard Jason Kondra (East Syracuse-Minoa) was an honorable mention All-Conference selection, despite missing the final 3 conference games with an ankle injury. In conference play, Kondra averaged 17.1 points per game, 4th best in the MSAC. He was also 7th in assists with 4.0 per game, 9th in steals at 1.6 per game, 2nd in free throw percentage, shooting 75.0 % from the line, and 5th in field goal percentage, shooting 48.1% from the floor. Overall on the season, Kondra is averaging 15.0 points, 4.5 assists, and 1.9 steals per game. He is shooting 47.8% from the floor and 74.6% from the foul line.
Potter was joined on the All-Conference Team by Kadeem Nicholas (Jefferson Community College), Rodney Bartholomew (Corning Community College), Dom Mazzocchi (Finger Lakes Community College), Chris Cartwright (Tompkins Cortland), Jorge Ebanks (Finger Lakes), Chris Noel (Jefferson), Adam Smith (Corning), Dennis Oglesby (Jefferson), and Terry Harrison (Cayuga Community College). Along with Kondra, others receiving votes included Jordan Koch (Finger Lakes), Tyrek Coleman (Broome Community College), Nicholas Kjaerholt (Broome), and Charleston Collins (Tompkins Cortland). Nicholas was named the conference Player of the Year, while Charlie Bridge of Jefferson was named the Coach of the Year.
This weekend, 3rd seeded Onondaga will play Finger Lakes, the #2 seed, in the Mid-State Athletic Conference Tournament. The tournament will be held at Jefferson, the #1 seed. Onondaga and Finger Lakes will tip off at 2:00 pm tomorrow (Saturday). Jefferson will then play the #4 seed, Corning, in the second semi-final at 4:00 pm. The two winners will then meet for the Conference Championship on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 pm, also at Jefferson.
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