SYRACUSE, NY. – November 24, 2010 – The Onondaga Community College men’s basketball team again found itself trailing for most of last night’s game against Schenectady County Community College. However, the Lazers again rallied, taking the lead with 35 seconds remaining and coming away with an 86-84 win. The win was Onondaga’s 3rd straight, and raised the Lazers’ record to 4-2 on the season. Onondaga has proven itself to be a come from behind team, as in 3 of its 4 wins Onondaga has trailed with less than 8 minutes remaining.
Last night, Schenectady started out strong, jumping out to a 10-4 advantage less than 4 minutes in. The Royals extended the lead to as much as 10 points midway through the first half, but Onondaga was able to rally and take a 40-39 lead with 54 seconds remaining in the first half. Schenectady then scored the final basket of the half to take a 1 point lead into the break. Schenectady started well in the second half as well, opening with a 14-6 run to lead 55-46 with 14 minutes remaining. At that point Onondaga began chipping away, finally taking the lead on a Drew Nixon (Baldwinsville C.W. Baker) rebound basket with 3:04 to go. The Royals twice converted 1 of 2 free throws to move back in front before a Heath Stone (Chittenango) basket with 1:49 left put Onondaga ahead, 80-79. Schenectady’s Jared Stanton then converted a basket and foul to give Schenectady back the lead at 82-80 with 1:12 to go. Stone answered to tie the game, but Stanton put Schenectady back in front, 84-82, by converting two free throws with 46 seconds remaining. Onondaga’s Andrew Lucio (Solvay) then connected on a three-point goal with 35 seconds remaining to give the Lazers a 1 point advantage. Onondaga was able to stop Schenectady on their final possession, and Jesse Gates (Liverpool) added a free throw with 1.9 seconds left to provide the final margin.
Stone led the Lazers with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Gates added 13 points and handed out a team best 5 assists while Nixon also scored 13 points and pulled down 9 rebounds. Brandon Seibt (Central Square P.V. Moore) added 11 points for the Lazers. Onondaga connected on 46.1% of their field goal attempts, while Schenectady shot 52.5% from the floor. The Royals held a 42-40 rebounding advantage, and also had a significant advantage at the foul line, making 21 of 37 attempts compared to 12 of 18 for Onondaga. The Lazers forced 28 Schenectady turnovers while giving it up 24 times themselves. Onondaga’s depth also proved important, as the Lazers held a 42-6 advantage in bench scoring and utilized 13 players in the contest while Schenectady played only 6.
Onondaga will return to action on Monday, November 29, at 7:00 pm at Hudson Valley Community College. The Lazers’ next home game is on Wednesday, December 1, as they host Word of Life Bible Institute at 6:00 pm.
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