SYRACUSE, NY. – November 2, 2010 – Onondaga Community College has announced its 2010-2011 Men’s Basketball roster. The Lazers return 3 players from last year’s 10-19 squad which won 5 of its last 6 Mid-State Athletic Conference games to reach the conference semi-finals. Onondaga will be looking to extend its strings of 10 consecutive post-season berths this season. That mark is the longest active streak of any Mid-State Conference school.
Tri-captains Jacob Johnson (6’6” forward, Tully), Andrew Lucio (6’1” guard, Solvay), and Heath Stone (6’4” forward, Chittenango) are the only players with game experience for the Lazers last year. Stone is Onondaga’s top returning scorer and rebounder, having averaged 7.3 points and 5.8 rebounds per game while shooting 51.6% from the floor. Johnson averaged 6.9 points and 5.3 rebounds a year ago, while Lucio averaged 5.1 points and a team best 4.9 assists per game. Two players who redshirted in 2009-2010, Kevin Corbin (6’3” guard, Cicero-North Syracuse) and Zach Ryan (6’8” center, Liverpool) are set to see their first game action this year.
11 newcomers will round out this year’s roster. Four of the newcomers, freshmen Jesse Gates (6’5” forward, Liverpool), Tom Graf (6’2” guard, Jordan-Elbridge), Steve Lothridge (6’8” forward, East Syracuse-Minoa), and Jordan Prior (5’11” guard, Cortland) signed National Junior College Athletic Association Letters of Intent last spring. Two transfers, Nicshan Barksdale (5’10” guard, Milford Academy / Erie Community College) and Delbert Jenkins (5’6” guard, Cicero-North Syracuse / Penn State Mont Alto) also join the Onondaga program this year, along with first year players Isaiah Divers (5’8” guard, Greece OIympia), Drew Nixon (6’3” forward, Baldwinsville Charles W. Baker), Mike Ontl (6’1” swingman, Davenport Charlotte Valley), Nick Rizzo (6’5” forward, Vernon-Verona-Sherrill), and Brandon Seibt (5’10” guard, Central Square Paul V. Moore).
Dave Pasiak (Waterville) returns for his 11th year as Onondaga’s head coach, the longest tenure of any basketball coach at Onondaga. In his first 10 seasons, he has directed the Lazers to a 177-125 record, including an 89-45 mark in Mid-State Athletic Conference play. His 177 wins make him Onondaga’s all-time leader in coaching victories. Johnny Davis (Syracuse), Pat Mannion (Marcellus), Zack Thomsen (South New Berlin), and Scott Cotter (Marcellus) will serve as assistant coaches. Davis is entering his 9th season with the Lazers, while Mannion is beginning his 3rd year, with Thomsen and Cotter each in their 1st season.
Onondaga will open its 28 game regular season schedule on Saturday, November 6, with a 5:00 pm tip-off against NJCAA Division II Manor College in the opening round of the Elite Limousine & Coach Tip-Off Tournament at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, PA. Other highlights of the schedule include the 3rd annual Onondaga Community College Classic on December 11 & 12, which will include three of the top NJCAA Division III junior college programs in the country: Sullivan County Community College (4-time NJCAA National Champions and #3 in the nation in the NJCAA pre-season poll), Mass Bay Community College (#4 pre-season in NJCAA District 8), and Anne Arundel Community College (annually one of the top teams in NJCAA Region 20). The Lazers will open their home schedule with a non-conference game against NJCAA Division II Jamestown Community College-Cattaraugus on Sunday, November 14, at 3:00 pm.
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