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The season is over, but not the accolades. Coach Erik Saroney (above) led SUNY OCC to a 28-5 record and was named NJCAA Region III Coach of the Year.
Tyler Sullivan and his backcourt mate Quantae Elijah (both freshmen) also received post-season awards. Sullivan was injured in Saturday’s victory over Corning Community College, but unable to play in Sunday’s loss to Herkimer Community College.
Who knew Henninger and Liverpool could blend so well.
It has been fun to watch the progressive chemistry between the SUNY OCC duo of Quantae Elijah (Henninger) and Tyler Sullivan (Liverpool). These days they go together like beans and cornbread.
The game narrative goes something like this: Sullivan swishes from deep (as well as getting to the line often) while Elijah plays ball hawk on the opposing point guard and keeps pressure on the defense by constantly driving to the bucket.
Last night, the freshman guards combined for 43 points in the teams 97-95 victory over Hudson Valley Community College. Four other players also finished in double figures.
The OCC backcourt logged a lot of minutes for coach Erik Saroney (40 minutes for Sullivan and 34 for Elijah), but the victory and rest will be short-lived; their next game will be a NJCAA regional game on Saturday.
The SUNY OCC Lady Lazers continue to impress. They feature a stifling 3/4 court press and quickly move the ball with a UCLA/flex -type offense. The stat from last night’s game that stood out, however was that the three players pictured out scored the entire SUNY Broome Community College squad 42-38.
The final score was OCC 81 and Broome 38.
The team is now 21-3 overall, and undefeated in conference play. Their next game is against Jefferson Community College.
Former Henninger coach Erik Saroney won over 200 games in Section III, including multiple championships. He has put together a great inaugural season on the other Hill behind an uptempo, pressing style that has become a trademark of his former clubs.
Behind local standouts such as Tyler Sullivan, James Walker and Quantae Elijah, OCC is now 20-6 overall and 6-2 in conference. They defeated SUNY Broome Community College last night 111-65. Their next game is against Jefferson Community College on Friday.
Former Liverpool guard Tyler Sullivan was in the stands to cheer on his former team at the Peppino’s Tournament last night. Liverpool was thumped by Ludden in front of a packed crowd.
Today, however, Sullivan came to ball. The Onondaga Community College freshman played a solid floor game and stuffed the stat sheet with a 19 point performance in 29 minutes of action. He shot 56 percent from the field, including 2 of 4 from three, and 78 percent from the line. He also added five assists and five steals. Quantae Elijah poured in 20 points as well.
The OCC Men defeated Clinton Community College 90-56, which put a cap on a great weekend of sports action in Syracuse, but the bigger story may have occured earlier in the day when the Lady Lazers shut down Clinton 104-30.