SYRACUSE, NY. – April 7, 2009 –Onondaga Community College men’s basketball players Matt Potter (New Berlin Unadilla Valley) and Jason Kondra (East Syracuse-Minoa) will compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association Region III All-Star Game. The annual contest features the top second year players from the Mid-State Athletic Conference against those from the Mountain Valley Conference. The game will be held on Wednesday, April 8, at Herkimer County Community College, and will tip off at 6:00 pm.
Potter, a 6’6” forward and co-captain, averaged 14.4 points and 9.4 rebounds on the season. He also blocked 2.6 shots per game, 8th best in the country, and shot 55.6% from the floor. Potter established a new Onondaga single season record for blocked shots with 77, 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 named to the Mid-State Athletic Conference All-Conference Team and was an NJCAA Region III 3rd Team All-Region selection. He was also the MSAC Co-Player of the Week for the week ending January 18, and the Region III Co-Male Athlete of the Week for the week ending February 22.
Kondra was an honorable mention All-Conference selection, despite missing the final 3 conference games with an ankle injury. He led the Lazers in scoring and assists this season, averaging 15.3 points and 4.3 assists per game. He also topped Onondaga with 1.9 steals per game and shot 74.6% from the foul line. Kondra posted an Onondaga season best 30 points on two separate occasions, against Mercyhurst North East on November 7, and SUNY Delhi on November 13.
Onondaga completed the 2008-09 season with a 14-16 overall record. The Lazers reached post-season play for the 9th consecutive season. Onondaga qualified for the NJCAA Region III Division III Tournament for the 8th consecutive season, reaching the regional quarterfinals. They are only Mid-State Athletic Conference school and one of only 3 schools within the entire region to accomplish those feats. The Lazers also finished 3rd in the MSAC with a 7-5 conference record and reached the conference semi-finals.
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