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AACC Pioneers Triumph as Tourney Champs

AACC men's basketball came home as champions of the 2012 Onondaga Classic.

The following article was submitted to the Broadneck Patch by Duane Herr, Physical Education and Athletic Assistant at Anne Arundel Community College (AACC).

Anne Arundel Community College’s men’s basketball team returns home from Syracuse, New York as the 2012 Onondaga Classic Champions. The Pioneers won a pair of games over the weekend to secure the tournament title and improve to 9-1 overall.

In their opening round game on December 8 AACC matched up against Mass Bay Community College (8-2) of Wellesley Hills, MA. The Pioneers outlasted Mass Bay 68-66 to advance to the championship contest.   

Jalen Lester was the high point man for AACC against Mass Bay with 17 points. Tyler Washington added 13 points, 13 rebounds, and 7 assists. Jarvez Pierce and James Aorilio each scored 12 points.

In the championship game the Pioneers competed against the host of the tournament, Onondaga Community College (7-5). Anne Arundel erupted for their highest scoring game of the season, defeating Onondaga 111-89.

Lester led AACC scorers with 27 points while adding 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Aorilio scored 19 and Washington added 16. Anthony Frazier was 5-6 from the field including 2-2 from three point range to score 14 points.

Lester was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. Aorilio and Washington earned All-Tournament team honors.

AACC men’s basketball will close out their December schedule this Saturday, December 15, with a 3pm home game against CCAC – Allegheny (2-5).

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