The Cardinals are coming off a win at St. Lawrence (84-68) on Tuesday night, and Curle likes what he has seen thus far.
“More and more, we’re seeing the competitive spirit on the team,” he said. “The players are finding roles that fit each other. We played 14 kids against St. Lawrence. That’s not because I wanted to get a look at everyone — it’s because I felt they all could help us win. That also allows us to be fresh.
“I’ve been pleased with our effort and energy. High energy promotes a positive environment. But this is a tough stretch for us the next couple of weeks. It will be telling for us.”
If the Cardinals continue to show that kind of effort, Curle and his coaching staff will be able to concentrate on the technical side.
“We still have to do a better job defending the post,” Curle said. “It’s a lot better when you can keep the opponent’s big men seven feet from the basket instead of four. We need to cause opponents to miss more layups.”
Last season, the Cardinals lost by an average of nine points in the five combined losses to Oswego and Cortland. The closest game was a five-point home setback to Oswego, 69-64, and the most one-sided contest was agaomst Cortland (75-60) in the SUNYAC Tournament.