SYRACUSE, NY. – December 5, 2007 – The Onondaga Community College men’s basketball team defeated Mohawk Valley Community College, 86-75, at home last night. The win raised Onondaga’s record to 6-2 on the season. It also marked the second time this year that the Lazers have beaten the Hawks, as Onondaga had defeated Mohawk Valley in the championship game of the Anthony Torchia Memorial Classic on November 10.
Last night, the Lazers jumped out to a 7-0 lead before the Hawks rallied to go ahead, 18-17. The two teams traded the lead 7 times, with Onondaga taking a 34-31 advantage into halftime. The game remained tight early in the second half, but with the Lazers leading 44-43, they held the Hawks scoreless for 6:00 in going on an 11-0 run. Onondaga extended the lead to as much as 17 points, before a late Mohawk Valley rally closed the gap. Onondaga again received balanced scoring, led by Zack Thomsen (New Berlin Unadilla Valley) with 17 points. Chris Vincent (Baldwinsville C.W. Baker) added 16, including 14 in the second half. Shane Williams (Camillus West Genesee) and Ryan Chapman (Syracuse Bishop Ludden) scored 14 and 10 points respectively. Williams led Onondaga with 9 rebounds, while Luke Schrader (Herkimer) handed out 8 assists. Onondaga connected on 30 of 60 shots (50%) while Mohawk Valley made 31 of 73 shots (42%). The Lazers owned a 41-39 rebounding advantage and made 19 of 30 free throw, compared to only 6 of 9 for the Hawks.
The Lazers came into the Mohawk Valley game off of a disappointing performance in a 71-55 loss at Clinton Community College on Sunday afternoon. The Lazers trailed by 16 at half, and never got closer than 14 in the second session. Williams was Onondaga’s only double figure scorer, as he posted a double double with 21 points and 15 rebounds. Thomsen and Jason Kondra (East Syracuse-Minoa) each handed out 3 assists. The Lazers suffered through a miserable shooting game, as they made only 17 of 52 shots (33%) and only 19 of 36 free throws. Clinton connected on 27 of 59 field goal attempts (46%) and 11 of 12 free throws.
This weekend Onondaga hosts the first annual Onondaga Community College Classic. The Lazers will open the tournament at 1:00 pm on Saturday as they face Bunker Hill Community College for what is believed to be the first time ever. Anne Arundel Community College and Columbia Greene Community College will square off in the other semi-final at 5:00 pm. Saturday’s winners will meet for the Classic championship at 4:00 pm on Sunday, while the two losers will play in a consolation game at noon on Sunday.
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