SYRACUSE, NY. – February 18, 2013 – The Onondaga Community College men’s basketball team will open post-season play on Tuesday evening with a 6 pm Mid-State Athletic Conference Quarter-Final contest at Corning Community College. Tuesday’s winner will advance to the MSAC Final Four and will take on regular season champion and top seeded Tompkins Cortland Community College on Friday evening at 5 pm at Tompkins Cortland. The winners of Tuesday’s other two quarterfinals, #7 Jefferson Community College at #2 Finger Lakes Community College and #6 Broome Community College at #3 Cayuga Community College, will meet in Friday’s second semi-final at 7 pm, also at Tompkins Cortland. The two semi-final winners will meet at 12:00 noon on Saturday at Tompkins Cortland in the Mid-State Athletic Conference Championship Game.
Onondaga and Corning will be meeting for the third time this season. The Lazers captured both of the earlier meetings, winning 87-76 on January 12th at Onondaga and 93-86 in Corning on February 2nd. Both of the earlier contests have seen Onondaga overcome spectacular individual performances by Corning guard Will Griffin. In the first game at Onondaga, Griffin had 29 points and Gladimy Saladin added 16 for Corning, but Onondaga placed four players in double figures. Tyler Bliss (Liverpool) led the Lazers with 21 points and 10 rebounds and Garrett Sisson (Schenectady Mohonasen) added 17 points and 14 rebounds. Vaughndell Brantley (Cicero-North Syracuse) and Jacob VanDusen (Oneonta) added 11 and 10 points respectively and Tyler Wood (Broadalbin-Perth) handed out 10 assists.
The second meeting between the two schools saw another outstanding performance from Griffin, as he went for 45 points. Saladin and Antoine Polk added 11 points each for Corning. Onondaga countered with a balanced attack that saw all five Onondaga starters reach double figures. Brantley scored 32 points on only 9 field goal attempts and Bliss recorded a double double with 22 points and 14 rebounds. Adam Misener (Liverpool) and Sisson added 17 and 12 points respectively, while Wood scored 10 points and handed out 12 assists.
Onondaga is 15-12 on the season and finished 5-7 in MSAC play. Misener leads Onondaga, averaging 14.0 points per game. He is also 3rd in the nation with 84 made three-point goals this season. He established a new Onondaga single game record with 10 made three-pointers against Tompkins Cortland on February 13th. Brantley averages 13.7 points per game while Bliss averages 11.9 points and a team best 9.2 rebounds per game. Sisson averages 10.8 points and 7.6 rebounds and Wood is averaging 8.0 points and handing out 5.3 assists per contest.
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