The Onondaga Community College men’s basketball picked up its second win in as many days as the Lazers defeated the Northampton Community College Spartans, 83, 77, to capture the championship of the 2014 Onondaga Community College Classic in the SRC Arena & Events Center. The win marked the first time since 2007 that the Lazers have won the Classic.
In the consolation, Anne Arundel was able to hold on to defeat Delaware County.
Lloyd Parkmond scored 17 points in the win along with seven rebounds and a steal and was named the Classic’s Most Outstanding Player. Kameron DiSanto also tallied 17 points for Onondaga and was named to the All-Tournament Team while Ryan Hawkins (Anne Arundel), Michael Samuel (Northampton), Tyrin Grantham (Northampton) and Bo Murray (Delaware County) were also selected to the 2014 Onondaga Classic All-Tournament Team.
Northampton would prove to be the aggressor in the opening minutes of the first half as the Spartans built their largest lead of the game, 19-14, with just over 10 minutes left in the first half, but the lead would quickly dissolve when the Lazers reeled off eight unanswered points capped by a 3-pointer in the corner from DiSanto to give the home team a slight edge, 22-19.
Neither team was able to create any distance as the half wore on with the lead being exchanged four times before Onondaga took the lead on a pair of free throws from DiSanto.
As the half approached, the Lazers held a four-point lead, but would go into the locker room up by a single point, 34-33, thanks to a Spartans’ shot from beyond the arc as time expired.
In the second stanza, both teams would continue to jockey for the lead until a 12-3 run by the Lazers opened up an eight point margin.
After a Spartan’s bucket, Kyle Kline would give Onondaga its largest lead of the game after burying a corner three to put the Lazers up by nine, 54-45.
Northampton would shrink away Onondaga’s lead after an old-fashioned 3-point play by Grantham tied the score with just over three minutes left to play, but sound free throw shooting down the stretch would seal the win for the Lazers.
Kline scored 11 points for Onondaga on 3-of-6 shooting while Trevor Smith filled the stat sheet with four points, four rebounds, three assists and one steal. Joseph Piazza converted all four of his attempts from the charity stripe and finished the game with six points. Colyn Hanley narrowly missed his first double-double of the season after registering nine points and a team-high 11 boards.
Onondaga will look to make it three in a row to start the season at 7 p.m. on Wednesday when it welcomes SUNY-ESF to Allyn Hall.