“We are really happy he came here and he really provides a lot of toughness for us.”
Another newcomer who provided a calm demeanor on the court was transfer Chris Manning. He provided a lot of leadership and floor guidance in his first game in a Cardinal uniform, finishing with three points, six assists and three steals.
“A lot of our defensive pressure was started by Manning,” Curle said. “He starts it and we follow it.
“I also thought Jordan Moody played well defensively in the second half. He got his hands in the passing lanes and forced them to catch the ball a lot higher than they wanted to.”
Moody also provided some offense, scoring 12 points on the night. Shamoy McIntosh tallied 15 points and four steals for Plattsburgh.
Mike Mitchell had a solid floor game for the Cardinals, dishing out five assists compared to just two turnovers.
“We scored 80 and we missed a lot of open looks,” Curle said. “We have the propensity to make the extra pass and find the open guy, but we were just missing (Friday).
“If we can shoot better and play great defense, we will be alright.”
Ryan Sager had a nice inside game for Sage in the loss, scoring a game-high 25 points and hauling in seven rebounds. Mason Horne added 10 points and pulled in seven rebounds.
Former Northeastern Clinton standout, and Champlain Valley Athletic Conference MVP, Matt Farbotko played a superb game for the Gators. The senior scored 14 points and added six rebounds. Nine of his points came in the first half as he was able to keep Sage in the game.
“I thought Matt Farbotko played exceptionally well in his return to his hometown area,” Curle said. “He played a real smart ball game; I was happy for him.”
York 69, Norwich 59