SYRACUSE, NY. – January 22, 2012 – The Onondaga Community College men’s basketball team got last week off to a good start, defeating Broome Community College, 89-80, in a home Mid-State Athletic Conference contest last Tuesday evening. The Lazers weren’t as fortunate the rest of the week, however, as they traveled to Jefferson Community College on Thursday evening and to Tompkins Cortland Community College on Saturday afternoon, and came out on the short end of two close contests against the two conference leaders. At week’s end Onondaga’s record stands at 11-10 overall and 2-3 in MSAC play. The Lazers are currently tied with Cayuga Community College for 4th place in the conference standings.
Last Tuesday, the Lazers found themselves trailing by 2 at halftime against Broome. Onondaga rallied for 60 second half points, however, and pulled away late for the victory. Brandon Seibt (Central Square P.V. Moore) scored 16 of his team best 21 points in the second half, while Tom Graf (Jordan-Elbridge) hit 5 of his 6 three-point goals in the second stanza. Graf ended with 18 points and 8 rebounds and Jesse Gates (Liverpool) chipped in 13 second half points. Jordan Prior (Cortland) handed out 9 assists. Broome’s Jason Givens tallied a game high 29 points.
On Thursday, the Lazers traveled to 2nd place Jefferson and found themselves trailing, 58-44, with 14:40 to go. Onondaga staged a big rally, however, and finally took a 1-point lead on a Seibt three-pointer with 7 seconds to go. Jefferson’s Jabriel Blue responded with a baseline jumper with 2.9 seconds left, and when Prior’s long three-pointer at the buzzer bounced out the Cannoneers had a 95-94 win. Gates led Onondaga with 21 points and 5 rebounds, despite playing only 16 minutes due to foul trouble. Seibt added 19, Prior recorded 17 and 8 assists, and Michael Scott (Chittenango) scored 11 points. Jabriel Blue scored a game high 29 points to lead Jefferson and his brother, James, added 28.
The Lazers closed the week with a trip to MSAC-leading Tompkins Cortland on Saturday and again came up just short. Onondaga trailed by 6, 59-52, at the half, but took control early in the second half, building a lead of as much as 6 points midway through the second half. Tompkins Cortland rallied, though, and the teams battled on even terms most of the rest of the way. With the teams tied at 92, Tompkins Cortland’s Tyrone Clark connected on a three-pointer with 1:05 to go to put the Panthers ahead for good, as the Lazers came up empty on their final three possessions and ended up on the short end of a 99-92 final score. Onondaga actually outscored Tompkins Cortland by 14 points from the floor but Tompkins Cortland held a commanding advantage from the foul line, converting 29 of 37 attempts compared to only 8 of 12 for Onondaga. Prior scored a game high and career best 36 points to lead the Lazers. Seibt added 18 points, whit Ian Hamm (Liverpool) and Gates chipping in 15 and 14 respectively. Graf handed out 6 assists and Garrett Sisson (Schenectady Mohonasen) pulled down 9 rebounds. Jailaan Kinsey scored 30 points to lead the Panthers and Clark added 26.
Onondaga returns to Mid-State Athletic Conference play on Wednesday evening at 8:00 pm, when they host Finger Lakes Community College.
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