SYRACUSE, NY. – November 13, 2011 – The Onondaga Community College men’s basketball team ran its record to 3-0 on the season on Saturday afternoon with a come from behind 99-92 victory over Jamestown Community College-Cattaraugus at the Olean YMCA. The victory was Onondaga’s 11th straight over the NJCAA Division II Jaguars.
Jamestown-Cattaraugus started quickly in Saturday’s contest, opening up a 22-11 lead 7 minutes into the game. The Lazers were able to chip away, however, and when Ian Hamm (Liverpool) converted a pair of free throws with 5:53 to go in the first half, Onondaga had its first lead at 32-31. The Lazer lead stood at 40-37 with less than 3 minutes remaining in the opening session, but the Jaguars closed the half on a 9-4 run to take a 2-point advantage into the halftime break.
The Jaguars quickly extended their advantage to start the second half, extending it to 70-55 with 11:53 to go in the game. Onondaga was again able to chip away, however, and was able to trim the deficit to 8, at 85-77, with 3:30 remaining. At that point, Onondaga’s Jesse Gates (Liverpool) took over the game, scoring 17 of the Lazers’ final 22 points in the closing stretch. Gates tied the game at 87 with a 3-pointer with 2:30 to go, then gave Onondaga its first lead of the second half with another 3-pointer 15 seconds later. All totaled, Gates scored 17 points in 1:56, including making 4 3-pointers during the span. Brandon Seibt (Central Square P.V. Moore) made 3 of 4 free throws in the final seconds to seal the win.
Gates led Onondaga with 25 points to lead Onondaga. Seibt and Tyler Wood (Broadalbin-Perth) each chipped in with 11 points, while Kevin Corbin (Cicero-North Syracuse) added 10 points and 7 rebounds. Jordan Prior (Cortland) handed out 9 assists, Ahmet Tunali (Syracuse Academy of Science) was the top rebounder with 9, and Wood recorded 5 steals. Shawn Bailey led Jamestown-Cattaraugus with a game high 33 points and handed out 7 assists. Kyle Pressley recorded a double double for the Jaguars with 18 points and 13 rebounds, and Stephane Vilson also added 18 points.
Saturday’s victory was the 200th victory as Onondaga head coach for Dave Pasiak (Waterville). Pasiak, in his 12th season with the Lazers, is Onondaga’s all-time victory leader with a career record of 200-135 as head coach.
Onondaga will return to action on Tuesday evening at 6:00 pm, when they host Davis College. Davis, a four-year college located in Johnson City, is the defending Small Bible College National Invitational Tournament Champion and the defending Shenandoah & Chesapeake Conference Champion.
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