SYRACUSE, NY. – November 15, 2010 – After three contests on the road, the Onondaga Community College men’s basketball team opened the home portion of the 2010-2011 season on Sunday afternoon and came away with an 89-69 victory over NJCAA Division II Jamestown Community College-Cattaraugus. The victory was the Lazers’ second over a Division II (athletic scholarship granting) school this season, and their 10th straight over Jamestown-Cattaraugus. The win was also a strong bounce back from a 72-53 loss at SUNY Delhi last Thursday.
Onondaga jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead against Jamestown-Cattaraugus. The Lazers were able to extend the lead to 17, at 24-7, midway through the first half, then answer a pair of Jaguar runs that saw the lead shrink to 4 late in the first half, and 6 midway through the second half. Jesse Gates (Liverpool) had his best game so far this season, recording 31 points and 15 rebounds. Brandon Seibt (Central Square P.V. Moore) added 20 points on 7 of 11 shooting, while Andrew Lucio (Solvay) chipped in 10 points and 5 assists. Tom Graf (Jordan-Elbridge) handed out a team best 6 assists. The Lazers overcame a Jamestown-Cattaraugus advantage at the foul line, as the Jaguars made 31 of 49 free throw attempts compared to 17 of 25 for the Lazers. Onondaga shot 43.7% from the floor while holding Jamestown-Cattaraugus to 23.9% shooting. The Lazers owned a 55-52 rebounding advantage.
Last Thursday at Delhi, Onondaga led by 1 midway through the first half before a 7 minute scoreless stretch allowed the host Broncos to open up a 30-16 advantage. Onondaga was never able to get the deficit under 10 the rest of the way. Gates again led Onondaga with 15 points, while Heath Stone (Chittenango) added 11 points and 11 rebounds and Lucio handed out 5 assists. Turnovers were a deciding factor in the outcome, as Onondaga turned the ball over 28 times, compared to only 16 for the Broncos.
Onondaga returns to action on Tuesday night at Davis College in Johnson City. That game tips off at 6:00 pm. This weekend the Lazers will hold their 2010 Alumni Basketball Game. The game is open to all former Lazer players, with over 30 alumni expected to attend.
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