Former Onondaga Community College Men’s Basketball players returned to campus January 24 for the 6th annual alumni game at the SRC Arena & Events Center. More than 30 players representing the classes of 1990 through 2014 laced up their sneakers and hit the hardwood.
Men’s basketball coach Dave Pasiak enjoyed the opportunity to reconnect with past players. “From my perspective, Alumni Day, and the Alumni Game, is one of the best if not the best day of the year. Our program has always been about more than just basketball. It’s very special to catch up with so many of our former players from my era and before and see how they have become successful with their families, careers, and lives.”
Returning players echoed Pasiak’s sentiments. Jordan Barzee graduated in 2008 with a degree in Business and now works as a finance manager. “When I was here I really enjoyed it. I had a good relationship with a lot of the guys. Coach Pasiak is a class act and is a big part of the reason we came here as students and keep coming back.”
As for the game it was tightly contested throughout with the Blue Team hitting a 3-point shot at the buzzer to defeat the White Team 92-89.
Regardless of the outcome Barzee is happy to be part of the OCC basketball family. “The alumni game is great and to see all these guys you’ve hung out with over the years is great. It’s friendship for life!”