SYRACUSE, NY. -- November 17, 2009 -- The Onondaga Community College men's basketball team returns to the court this Saturday, as the Lazers will host Hudson Valley Community College, the defending National Junior College Athletic Association Region 3 Champions, in a 2:00 pm contest. The game will be preceded by Onondaga's first annual Alumni Game, which will feature many past Onondaga players. Among those confirmed to play are two-time All-American and all-time leading scorer Joe Olsen (2002-2004, Central Square P.V. Moore / Daemen College), Tyrone Albright (2000-2002, Syracuse Corcoran / Syracuse University), a member of the Syracuse University 2003 national championship team, and 1,000 point scorer Dan Marsella (2003-2005, Liverpool / Erskine College). The Alumni Game is set for a 12:00 noon tip-off.
Onondaga will enter the weekend with a 2-2 overall record after splitting a pair of non-league overtime contests last week. Last Thursday, the Lazers fell, 91-83, to SUNY Delhi in double overtime. In that game, the Lazers fell behind early but rallied to take a 2-point halftime lead. Onondaga extended the advantage to as many as 12 points midway through the second half before the visiting Broncos rallied to pull even and force an extra session. With Delhi leading by 3 late in the first overtime, Brad Romancik (LaFayette) hit a 3-pointer to extend the game to a second extra session. Delhi outscored the Lazers, 18-10, in the second overtime to come away with the win. Romancik led Onondaga with 20 points and pulled down 7 rebounds. Dave Foltz (Auburn) added 19 and handed out 10 assists. Sairron Miller (Syracuse Bishop Ludden) and Zach Chawgo (LaFayette) each added 11 points while Heath Stone (Chittenango) also reached double figures with 10. Christian Smith (Syracuse Henninger) pulled down a team best 11 rebounds.
Onondaga rebounded from the Delhi loss with a come from behind victory at Jamestown Community College-Cattaraugus on Sunday afternoon. That game saw the Lazers trailing by 15 points with under 3 minutes remaining, and by 8 with only 23 seconds to go. At that point Smith hit a 3-pointer to pull Onondaga within 5. The Lazers then forced a Jamestown turnover which Nate Foote (Norwich) converted into a layup, and followed that by forcing another turnover which led to Romancik's game tying 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds left. Onondaga proceeded to outscore the Division II Jaguars, 12-9, in overtime to come away with the win. Miller led Onondaga with 22 points and 11 rebounds, while Romancik added 20 points and Smith chipped in with 19. Eric Ball (Syracuse Bishop Grimes) and Foltz also reached double figures with 15 and 13 points respectively, with Foltz also handing out a team best 11 assists.
Following Saturday's game against Hudson Valley, Onondaga will take to the road for a 6:00 pm contest next Tuesday against Schenectady County Community College. That game will be played at Memorial Fieldhouse on the campus of Union College in Schenectady.
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