SYRACUSE, NY. – February 21, 2010 – The Onondaga Community College men’s basketball team saw its 2009-2010 season come to an end in the Mid-State Athletic Conference semi-finals on Saturday, as the 3rd seeded Lazers fell to #2 seed Broome Community College, 87-75. The Lazers finish the campaign with an overall record of 10-19. After starting 1-5 in Mid-State play, the Lazers closed strong, winning 5 of their last 6 conference games, including their last 4, to qualify for post-season play (conference or regional playoffs) for the 10th consecutive season.
Broome jumped out to a 14-2 lead to start yesterday’s game, and the Lazers were never able to climb all the way back. Onondaga closed to within 34-33 late in the first half, before Broome scored the final 5 points of the half to take a 39-33 lead to intermission. The Lazers got within 3 at 41-38 and again at 43-40 early in the second half, but could get no closer as the Hornets gradually extended their lead. Broome made 30 of 62 shots (48.4%) from the floor, including 7 of 13 (53.8%) from the three-point line, compared to 29 of 64 (45.3%) shooting from the Lazers. The Hornets enjoyed a substantial edge at the foul line, making 20 of 27 attempts, compared to only 9 of 12 for Onondaga. Broome also held a 41-33 rebounding advantage. Brad Romancik (LaFayette) and Dave Foltz (Auburn) led Onondaga with 15 points each, while Raphael Perry (New Berlin Unadilla Valley) and Dan Mabbett (Mohawk Jarvis) added 13 each. Mabbett was Onondaga’s top rebounder with 8, while Foltz handed out 8 assists.
Brad Romancik was among those honored between Saturday’s two semi-final games, as he was named to the Mid-State Athletic Conference All-Conference Team. He was Onondaga’s leading scorer this season, averaging 12.3 points per game. He also led the Lazers with 61 three-point goals, in steals with an average of 1.6 per game, and in minutes played with 835. He was one of only three Lazers to play in all 29 games. Romancik averaged 4.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. His career high of 24 points came against Division 1 State College of Florida, and he hit the 20 point mark 6 times on the season.
Jacob Johnson (Tully) played in 28 games and was second on the team in minutes played with 608. He started 24 games, averaging 6.9 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. He also tied for the team lead in blocked shots with 21 and shot 49.7% from the floor, second best on the team. Johnson’s season highs came at Corning Community College, as he posted 19 points and 11 rebounds.
Heath Stone (Chittenango) played in 28 games, averaging 7.3 points and a team leading 5.8 rebounds per game. He shot 51.6% from the floor to lead the Lazers. Stone excelled in conference play, as his scoring average increased to 11.1 points per game, and he shot 63.5% from the floor to lead the MSAC. He was an Honorable Mention All-Conference selection.
Andrew Lucio (Solvay) assumed the starting point guard role in the 8th game of the season and went on to average 5.1 points and a team best 4.9 assists per game, and shot a team best 31.4% from behind the three-point line. He had highs of 25 points against Tompkins Cortland and 14 assists against Mass Bay Community College.
Dave Foltz was second on the team in both scoring and assists, averaging 9.0 points and 4.3 assists per contest. He was also Onondaga’s top free throw shooter, connecting on 81.3% from the foul line. His top individual outing was a 19 point 10 assist outing against SUNY Delhi.
Nate Foote (Norwich) served as one of the Lazers’ co-captains this season. He averaged 6.8 points and 2.1 assists per game, and shot 80.0% from the free throw line. His top individual outing was a career high 22 point outing against Cayuga Community College.
Zach Chawgo (LaFayette) played in all 29 games. He averaged 5.7 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game. Chawgo reached double figures in scoring 5 times and rebounds 4 times, with his top totals being 15 points against Broome and 13 rebounds against Jefferson.
Dan Mabbett averaged 6.7 points and 3.9 rebounds per contest, and also played in all 29 games. He shot 49.3% from the floor and 72.1% from the foul line. He had season highs of 14 points against Cayuga and 11 rebounds against North Country Community College.
Josh Kennedy (Chittenango) was Onondaga’s other co-captain. He averaged 1.6 points and 2.7 assists per game. He had career highs of 9 points and 9 assists against Northampton Community College.
Christian Smith (Syracuse Henninger) played in 14 games before being sidelined for the second half of the season. IN those games he averaged 10.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per contest. He scored 21 points against Division 2 Harford Community College, and 20 points against Division 1 St. Petersburg College.
Raphael Perry played in 22 games, averaging 4.3 points and 1.4 rebounds per contest. His career best was 13 points against Broome in the MSAC semi-final, and he reached double figures on two other occasions.
Trevor Jackson (Bay Shore) played in 15 games, scoring 20 points and grabbing 20 rebounds. He had 6 points against both Herkimer County Community College and Jefferson.
Scott Cotter (Marcellus) played in 1 game before suffering a season ending knee injury which required surgery. Cotter is expected to receive a medical redshirt for the season, leaving him with 2 years of eligibility at Onondaga.
Kevin Corbin (Cicero-North Syracuse) and Zach Ryan (Liverpool) were both redshirt members of this year’s team. They are expected to see their first game action next season.
Onondaga head coach David Pasiak (Waterville) completed his 10th season at the helm of the Lazers, tying Hank Fengler for longest tenure as Onondaga head coach. He extended his marks as Onondaga’s all-time leader in victories, with 177, and games coached with 302. His record at Onondaga now stands at 177-125 overall and 89-45 in Mid-State Athletic Conference games. The Lazers have qualified for post-season play in each of Pasiak’s 10 seasons.
Romancik, Foltz, Foote, Chawgo, Mabbett, and Kennedy have completed two seasons at Onondaga and are all expected to transfer on to continue their education and athletic careers. Johnson, Stone, Lucio, Smith, Perry, Jackson, Cotter, Corbin, and Ryan are expected to return for the 2010-2011 season.
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