Lineup change leads to victory for Raiders
JOHNSTOWN – The Fulton-Montgomery Community College men’s basketball team got a little bit of help from nearly everyone on the roster in beating the Onondaga Lazers 85-76 on Sunday. Twelve Raiders netted points in the win.
FMCC (2-2) head coach Ed Collar decided to mix up his starting lineup Sunday, inserting Carlos Rivera and Tyrone Davis in place of Khaleeq Baum and Bryant Jack in order to get rolling with a four-guard set.
“We just kind of think guys are getting a little bit too comfortable,” said Collar. “We think we needed to shake things up a little bit to re-energize some guys and get them a little bit more focused and realize how hard they need to work and that they have to earn time on the court.”
The changes paid dividends early on for FMCC. After Onondaga (3-4) jumped out to a 5-0 lead, Rivera laid the ball up and in while drawing the foul to get FMCC on the board. Benjamin Honahan knocked down the second of Onondaga’s six first half three-pointers before Darius Ward and Kadeem Stanislas led a 6-0 run for FMCC to tie the game at eight apiece.
The Raiders played from behind for much of the first half, in part due to Onondaga’s three-point shooting prowess. With the score tied 16-16 Kyle Kline drilled back-to-back three-point shots for the Lazers.
FMCC got some help from their bench near the end of the half. Jordan Stewart and Dondre Simmons came up big for the Raiders, scoring 13 of FMCC’s final 15 points of the half. Stewart made a three-pointer to give FMCC their first lead of the game, 29-28, before scoring the next four points for the Raiders. Simmons was successful getting to the rim as time wound down, converting three layups to give FMCC a 41-40 halftime lead.
“Jordan Stewart hit some great three-pointers which really got us scoring a little bit and Dondre always brings energy,” said Collar. “He’s one of those high-energy guys that gets us going.”
FMCC increased their defensive pressure in the second half and, despite five more three-pointers by Onondaga, limited the Lazers’ ability to get uncontested shots.
“Onondaga likes to penetrate and set up the three with the kick outs,” said Collar. “We did a much better job today than we have been lately of really containing the ball.”
Bryant Jack was very active for FMCC in the second half. Jack scored a team-high 15 points off the bench and added three big blocks.
The Raiders were able to maintain a lead throughout the half by getting to the foul line frequently and keeping Onondaga off the line as the clock wound down.
Stanislas and Stewart finished with 12 points apiece for FMCC, while Davis dished five assists to go with six points and three steals. Vaughndell Brantley had 18 points, 13 rebounds, and five assists for Onondaga while Kline and Honahan each combined for six of Onondaga’s 11 three-pointers.
The Raiders went deep into their bench as 15 men saw the floor in the game.
“It was a total team win from the first guy to the last guy,” Collar said.
The Raiders will look to run their record above .500 for the first time this season when they take on the Adirondack Timberwolves Saturday at 3 p.m.
Fulton-Montgomery Community College 85, Onondaga Community College 76
Barr 3-2-9, Simmons 4-0-9, Jack 4-7-15, Rivera 1-2-5, Burnett 2-1-5, Ward 2-3-7, Edwards 1-0-2, Stanislas 4-4-12, Stewart 5-0-12, Davis 2-2-6, Baum 1-1-3, 0-1-1. Totals 29-23-85.
Brantley 2-13-18, Honahan 3-0-9, Piazza 3-0-7, Kline 4-1-12, Bliss 1-4-6, Granato 0-2-2, McKinney 2-1-6, Twiss 3-4-12, Hanley 1-2-4, Brown 1-0-2. Totals 20-27-76.
3-point goals: FMCC 4 (Stewart 2, Barr, Simmons); Onondaga 11 (Honahan 3, Kline 3, Twiss 2, McKinney, Piazza, Brantley).