SYRACUSE, NY. – March 9, 2012 – The Onondaga Community College men’s basketball team concluded its season last weekend in the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 3 Division III Tournament. The Lazers, seeded #7, fell to SUNY Delhi, the #2 seed, 71-60, in a quarter-final contest. The Broncos, currently ranked #4 in the nation by the NJCAA, went on to capture the regional championship, and advance to the NJCAA Division III National Championship Tournament, to be held March 15th through 17th at Sullivan County Community College. Onondaga closed the season with a 17-14 record and made their 12th consecutive post-season appearance, the longest active streak of any Mid-State Athletic Conference school. Onondaga also averaged 86.1 points per game, making them the 7th highest scoring team in the country. The Lazers are 214-149 in 12 seasons under head coach Dave Pasiak (Waterville).
Co-captain Jesse Gates (Liverpool) led Onondaga in scoring for the second consecutive year, averaging 14.3 points per game. He scored 977 total points in his two-year career. He was also the team’s second leading rebounder, pulling down 6.9 boards per contest. His two top scoring games both came against regional champion SUNY Delhi, as Gates scored 30 points during the regular season game against the Broncos on November 19th, and 27 points in the tournament tilt. He also had 25 points, including 17 in under 2 minutes, in a win at Division II Jamestown Community College-Cattaraugus on November 12th. For the season, Gates topped the 20-point mark 8 times and reached double figures 22 times in 31 games. He was named to the Mid-State Athletic Conference All-Conference Team and to the NJCAA Region 3 All-Region 2nd Team for the second consecutive year.
Onondaga’s other co-captain, Jordan Prior (Cortland) averaged 12.3 points and a team best 5.3 assists per contest. He tallied a career best 36 points at Tompkins Cortland Community College on January 21st, and posted 27 points and 9 assists in the season opener against Northampton Community College on November 5th. He also handed out a season high 12 assists against Clinton Community College on December 3rd, and scored in double figures 15 times. Prior was named the NJCAA Region 3 Co-Male Athlete of the Week for the week ending November 6th, and was an Honorable Mention All-Mid-State Athletic Conference selection.
Shooting guard Brandon Seibt (Central Square P.V. Moore) was Onondaga’s second leading scorer over the season. He averaged 13.3 points per game before his season came to a premature end because of an injury suffered in the MSAC semi-final on February 25th. Seibt posted a career best 30 points against Tompkins Cortland in the regular season finale at the SRC Arena on February 15th. He scored 26 against Cayuga Community College on January 10th, and also against Adirondack Community College on January 15th. He topped 20 points 7 times and scored in double figures 18 times in the 28 games that he played. Seibt made a team high 68 3-point field goals on the season and shot 41.7% from behind the arc. He also established two new Onondaga records for free throw percentage, shooting 86.2% from the line this season and 84.1% over his career. He ranks 7th in the country in free throw percentage, and was an Honorable Mention All-MSAC selection.
Tom Graf (Jordan-Elbridge) averaged 6.4 points and 2.3 assists per game. He was Onondaga’s second best three-point shooter, connecting on 36.2% of his attempts from behind the arc. His two biggest offensive outputs both came against Broome Community College. He scored 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds at home on January 17th, and tallied 19 points and 4 assists on the road on February 8th, helping the Lazers sweep the season series against the Hornets. He also had 14 points in a win over NJCAA Region 20 runner-up Anne Arundel Community College on December 10th, and hit double figures in 5 games.
Kevin Corbin (Cicero-North Syracuse) was Onondaga’s top field goal percentage shooter, connecting on 54.5% of his attempts from the floor. Corbin averaged 8.5 points and 3.0 assists per game and reached double figures in 11 games. He scored a season high 16 points against Wytheville Community College on January 4th, and matched that number on January 10th against Cayuga Community College. He scored 15 points at Corning Community College on January 14th, and matched that total in the MSAC semi-final win over Jefferson Community College on February 25th. Corbin was an Honorable Mention All-MSAC selection.
Ian Hamm (Liverpool) averaged 8.9 points and 4.7 rebounds in the 23 games that he played. His best outing was a 24 point, 7 rebound effort against Jefferson on February 11th. He tallied 17 points at Cayuga on January 28th, and reached double figures 8 times. Hamm was named the NJCAA Region 3 Male Athlete of the Week for the week ending February 12th.
Tyler Wood (Broadalbin-Perth) was one of only 4 Lazers to play in all 31 games. He scored 10 points and handed out 6 assists in 30 minutes, his longest outing of the season, in a win over MSAC champion Cayuga on January 10th. His season best was 11 points at Jamestown-Cattaraugus on November 12th, and again at Corning on January 14th. He averaged 3.3 points and 2.5 assists per game.
Michael Scott (Chittenango) saw action in 22 games, averaging 7.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per contest. He led the Lazers with 38 blocked shots on the season. Scott’s season high was 17 points against Finger Lakes Community College on January 25th. He recorded a double double with 12 points and 12 rebounds against Corning on February 4th, and posted another double double with 10 points and 11 boards in the MSAC Championship Game on February 26th. In the MSAC semi-final against Jefferson, he scored 9 points and pulled down a team season best 16 rebounds.
Garrett Sisson (Schenectady Mohonasen) averaged 2.4 points and 2.5 rebounds in 28 games. He had 6 points and 4 rebonds against Broome on January 17th, and had 6 points at Jefferson on January 19th. He pulled down a season best 9 rebounds at Tompkins Cortland on January 21st. Sisson took 17 charges this season, the most on the team.
Ahmet Tunali (Syracuse Academy of Science) played in 20 games, averaging 5.6 points and a team best 7.0 rebounds per game. He scored a career high 24 points and pulled down 14 rebounds against North Country Community College on January 4th, and scored 19 points while grabbing 13 rebounds against Davis College on November 15th. He scored 10 points against Word of Life Bible Institute on November 30th, and grabbed 14 rebounds against Clinton on December 3rd.
Nick Rizzo (Vernon-Verona-Sherrill) played in all 31 games. He averaged 3.2 points and 2.5 rebounds per game, and shot 50.6% from the floor. His high was 8 points against SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry on November 9th, and again against North Country on December 4th.
Steve Lothridge (East Syracuse-Minoa) averaged 1.6 points and 3.0 rebounds per game in 28 games that he played. He also blocked 29 shots over the season. He posted 10 points and 6 rebounds in a win over Cayuga on January 10th, and pulled down 9 rebounds in a win over Davis College on November 15th.
Adam Misener (Liverpool) averaged 3.2 points per game in 23 games played. He reached double figures twice, scoring 13 points against ESF on November 9th, and scoring 10 points with 5 assists against Word of Life on November 30th.
Mike Ontl (Davenport Charlotte Valley) played in 28 games, averaging 1.8 points and 1.0 rebounds per game. His season high was 7 points at Corning on January 14th. He scored 6 points on three separate occasions: November 30th against Word of Life, January 15th against Adirondack, and January 17th against Broome.
Jonathan Foulds (Norwich) played in 24 games. He averaged 2.1 points and 1.0 rebounds per game, with a high of 9 points in 11 minutes against ESF on November 9th. He scored 8 points in 13 minutes against Adirondack on January 15th and pulled down 7 rebounds at Finger Lakes on February 18th.
Jacob VanDusen (Oneonta) averaged 2.7 points and 1.6 rebounds in 19 games played. He shot 58.3% from the floor and tallied a career high 12 points against nationally ranked Roxbury Community College on December 11th.
Malik Mountain (Onondaga) averaged 1.3 points and 1.2 assists in 19 games. He scored 7 points nd handed out 3 assists against ESF on November 9th and scored 4 points with 5 assists against Word of Life on November 30th.
Gates, Prior, Seibt, Graf, Corbin, Rizzo, Lothridge, and Ontl have completed their careers at Onondaga. Transfer plans for each will be forthcoming in the near future. Hamm, Wood, Scott, Sisson, Tunali, Misener, Foulds, VanDusen, and Mountain, along with redshirt Zach Loura (Fulton G. Ray Bodley) are expected to return in 2012-2013 and make up the nucleus of next year’s team.
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