SYRACUSE, NY. – November 11, 2009 – The Onondaga Community College men’s basketball team will open the home portion of its 2009-2010 season tomorrow (Thursday) night, as the Lazers will host SUNY Delhi in a non-conference matchup, set to tip off at 7:00 pm. The Lazers will enter the game with a 1-1 record after splitting a pair of games last weekend in the Elite Limousine and Coach Tip-Off Tournament, held at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, PA. Onondaga defeated the host college, 85-78, in the tournament’s opening round last Saturday night, but fell to NJCAA Division II Harford Community College, 117-97, in the championship game on Sunday.
Balanced scoring was the key to Onondaga’s win over Northampton, as 12 different Lazers found the scoring column. Onondaga held a slim 1 point lead at halftime, but was able to extend the advantage to as much as 12 in the second half, before holding off a late Spartan rally. Dave Foltz (Auburn) led Onondaga with 15 points, while Jacob Johnson (Tully) added 10 in his collegiate debut. Heath Stone (Chittenango) pulled down a team high 9 rebounds, while Josh Kennedy (Chittenango) handed out 9 assists and Brad Romancik (LaFayette) recorded 5 steals.
The championship game against Harford was a game of runs in the first half. Onondaga grabbged an early 5 point advantage before Harford recovered and was able to gain an 11 point lead of their own. The Lazers responded, however, and climbed back in the game and built a 6 point advantage of their own with 4:38 to go in the opening half. A 21-0 Harford run turned the tide for good, though, as Harford was able to maintain a double digit lead throughout the second half. Christian Smith (Syracuse Henninger) led Onondaga with 21 points and 5 assists. Sairron Miller (Syracuse Bishop Ludden) added 12 points, while Stone had 11 points and a team best 7 rebounds Romancik and Raphael Perry (New Berlin Unadilla Valley) both added 10 points.
Besides the action on the court, one of the highlights of Onondaga’s trip to Northampton came when the Lazers held their pre-game meal for Saturday’s game at Larry Holmes’ Ringside Restaurant in Easton, PA. During dinner the Lazers had a private audience with the restaurant’s owner and former heavyweight champion of the world, along with former top heavyweight contender Earnie Shavers. Holmes and Shavers shared several stories from their careers, along with words of advice for the Lazers.
After tomorrow’s game against Delhi, Onondaga will go on the road for a non-conference matchup at Jamestown Community College-Cattaraugus on Sunday afternoon. The Lazers will be home again on Saturday, November, 21, against Hudson Valley, in a 2:00 pm contest that will be preceded by Onondaga’s first annual Alumni Game.
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