SYRACUSE, NY. – November 21, 2012 – The Onondaga Community College men’s basketball team rebounded from a pair of road losses at Davis College and SUNY Delhi last week to capture a 119-85 home victory over Schenectady County Community College on Tuesday night. With the win, Onondaga raised its record to 4-3 on the season, while Schenectady fell to 4-4.
The visiting Royals started fast on Tuesday night. Reece Jackson converted three field goals as Schenectady scored on its first five possessions to grab an early 11-5 advantage. At that point Onondaga’s David Hay (Spring Valley Ramapo) scored 8 straight Lazer points to pull the home team even at 13-13. After a Sam Clement three-pointer put Schenectady back in front, back to back three-pointers from Vaughndell Brantley (Cicero-North Syracuse) and Garrett Sisson (Schenectady Mohonasen) gave the Lazers a 21-18 advantage, a lead that they would not relinquish. Onondaga went on a 36-14 run over the next 8 minutes, and after Sisson converted a three-point play the tlead had grown to 52-33 with 6:12 to go in the opening half. The Lazers’ hot shooting continued for the rest of the half, and when Michael Granato tossed in a three-pointer from half court at the halftime buzzer, Onondaga went to the break with a 70-52 lead. The Lazers made 11 of 18 three-point attempts in the opening half to key the offensive outburst.
Brantley connected on a three-pointer to open the second half, and the Royals never got closer than 19 the rest of the way. Onondaga continued to pull away throughout the second half, and when Adam Misener (Liverpool) connected on a three-pointer, the Lazers held their biggest lead at 104-68 with just over 7 minutes remaining. Malik Mountain’s (Nedrow Onondaga) three-pointer with just under 2 minutes remaining was Onondaga’s 16th of the game, tying the Onondaga record for made threes in a game. Onondaga also connected on 16 threes against Clinton Community College on January 19, 2002.
Point guard Tyler Wood (Broadalbin-Perth) led the Onondaga attack with a career high 22 points, including connecting on 3 of 5 shots from behind the three-point arc. Wood also handed out 9 assists without committing a turnover. Brantley and Sisson added 18 points each, and Haye chipped in with 15 first half points, 11 rebounds, and 8 assists. Jacob VanDusen (Oneonta) added 11 points, while Tyler Bliss (Liverpool) scored 9 points and pulled down a team high 16 rebounds. Jackson led Schenectady with 24 points and 10 rebounds and Clement added 12 points. Onondaga connected on 41 of 78 (52.6%) shots, including 16 of 36 (44.4%) from behind the arc. Schenectady made 32 of 90 (35.6%) shots. The Lazers held a 60-44 rebounding advantage.
Onondaga returns to action on Wednesday, November 28th. The Lazers will host Word of Life Bible Institute of Pottersville, NY. Tip-off will be 6:00 pm in Allyn Hall.
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