SYRACUSE, NY. – March 2, 2011 – The Onondaga Community College men’s basketball team’s 2010-2011 season came to an end last Friday with a 93-82 loss to Finger Lakes Community College, ranked #9 in the country at the time, in the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 3 Quarter-Finals at Jefferson Community College. SUNY Delhi , the #5 team in the nation, captured the regional title, and advances to the NJCAA Division III National Tournament, March 10th through 12th, at Sullivan County Community College in Loch Sheldrake, NY.
Onondaga completed the season with a 20-10 overall record. The 20 win total doubled Onondaga’s victory total from a 10-19 campaign in 2009-2010, and came against one of the most demanding schedules in recent Onondaga history. The Lazers played 8 games against teams ranked in the NJCAA national polls at some point in the season, including an 82-73 win over #4 Sullivan County Community College on December 11th. The Lazers also finished 9-3 in Mid-State Athletic Conference play and advanced to the MSAC semi-finals. Onondaga qualified for post-season play for the 11th time in 11 seasons under head coach Dave Pasiak (Waterville). Pasiak, Onondaga’s all-time leader in wins (197), games coached (332), and seasons (11), has an overall record of 197-135, and a record of 98-48 in MSAC play.
Jesse Gates (Liverpool) was Onondaga’s leading scorer on the season. He played in all 30 games, and averaged 17.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per contest. He led the Lazers in scoring in 15 of 30 games, and posted a career high of 33 points in back to back wins at Adirondack Community College on January 17th and at Jefferson Community College on January 19th. He scored in double figures in 26 games. He was also Onondaga’s second leading rebounder. He grabbed double figure rebounds 8 times, with a high of 15 rebounds against Jamestown Community College-Cattaraugus County on November 14th. Gates was named the NJCAA Division III National Player of the Week for the week ending January 23rd. He was also an All-Mid-State Athletic Conference selection and was a 2nd Team NJCAA All-Region 3 selection.
Heath Stone (Chittenango) was one of Onondaga’s tri-captains and the Lazers’ second leading scorer and leading rebounder, averaging 14.2 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. He also shot 56.8% from the floor. He scored in double figures 24 times, with a high of 32 points against Sullivan County on December 11th. He also set a new Onondaga single game record for rebounds in a game, pulling down 22 against Cayuga Community College on January 29th. He recorded 15 scoring-rebounding double doubles on the season. Stone was named to the Mid-State Athletic Conference All-Conference Team.
Andrew Lucio (Solvay), one of Onondaga’s tri-captains, averaged 10.9 points per game while playing in all 30 games. He also averaged 6.1 assists per contest, ranking him 10th nationally in that category. He also made a team leading 63 three-point field goals. He scored a career high 31 points at Tompkins Cortland Community College on February 15th, and handed out a season best 13 assists at Adirondack on January 17th. He scored in double figures in 17 games for the season. Lucio was an Honorable Mention All-MSAC selection.
Tom Graf (Jordan-Elbridge) played in all 30 games, averaging 6.8 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game. He scored in double figures 7 times. His reached his season high of 14 points on two occasions, on January 6th against Finger Lakes, and on January 8th against Cayuga.
Jake Johnson (Tully), also a Lazer tri-captain, started all 30 games this season. He averaged 3.2 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. He also led the team with 1.1 blocked shots per game. He had an 11-point, 15-rebound effort at Adirondack on January 17th.
Brandon Seibt (Central Square P.V. Moore) played in all 30 games, averaging 10.0 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per contest. He also shot a team best 36.2% from behind the three-point arc. He scored in double figures 15 times, with a career best 25 points against Columbia-Greene Community College on January 4th.
Drew Nixon (Baldwinsville C.W. Baker) played in 29 games. He averaged 5.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per contest. He scored 14 points against Finger Lakes on January 26th, and hit double figures 6 times, including in 4 of the last 5 games. He also had 10 rebounds against Broome Community College on both February 9th and February 19th.
Jordan Prior (Cortland) played in all 30 games and averaged 6.2 points, 3.1 assists, and 1.3 rebounds per contest. He scored in double figures 7 times, including a season best 17 points in a win over Jefferson Community College on February 12th. He also handed out a season high 9 assists against Davis College on November 16th.
Kevin Corbin (Cicero-North Syracuse), a redshirt in 1009-2010, played in all 30 games this season. He averaged 4.0 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game. He hit his season high of 11 points in back to back games against Hudson Valley Community College on November 29th, and Word Of Life Bible Institute on December 1st.
Mike Ontl (Davenport Charlotte Valley) played in 20 games, averaging 2.2 points, 1.1 rebounds, and 1.0 assisgs per contest. He scored a season high 8 points in 17 minutes against Corning Community College on February 5th.
Nick Rizzo (Vernon-Verona-Sherrill) played in 21 games, averaging 1.8 points and 1.2 rebounds per game. He scored 11 points in 11 minutes against Davis on November 16th.
Zach Ryan (Liverpool), another redshirt in 2009-2010, played in 21 games and averaged 0.7 points and 1.9 rebounds per game. He scored 4 points against Davis on November 16th and Broome on January 15th, and pulled down 6 rebounds against Corning on February 5th.
Steve Lothridge (East Syracuse-Minoa) played in 18 games, averaging 0.8 points and 1.7 rebounds per game. He scored 4 points against Corning on February 5th. He pulled down 6 rebounds and tied an Onondaga school record by blocking 6 shots against Word of Life on December 1st.
Stone, Lucio, Johnson, and Ryan have completed their careers at Onondaga and are all expected to transfer on to continue their education and athletic careers. Gates, Graf, Seibt, Nixon, Prior, Corbin, Ontl, Rizzo, and Lothridge are expected to return for the 2011-2012 season.
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