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February 12, 2013

Curle's Cards take aim at second

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The Bears (9-13, 5-10) are coming off a weekend at home when they recorded a 75-61 win over Geneseo last Friday and dropped a 73-60 decision to The College of Brockport the following day.

Potsdam is being led in scoring by Curtis Pierce (18.0), Mark Lake Jr. (16.5) and Rob Duquette (10.1).

Duquette, a former standout at Peru Central, was out of the line-up with an injury on January 22 when the Cardinals pulled away for an 85-63 win at Potsdam.

“Having Duquette back will definitely help them on the boards,” said Curle. “They have a lot of talent on their team and having Duquette back will help Pierce, who is their best player. He will become even more of an inside-outside threat.”

The Cardinals enjoyed a productive weekend at Memorial Hall with a hard-fought 78-68 win over Brockport and an 84-62 decision over Geneseo.

“I think we’re playing our best basketball of the season right now, but we want to continue and get better,” said Curle. “Our guys know what’s at stake in our last three (regular season) games.

Shamoy McIntosh (12.2) and John Perez (11.5) are the lone Cardinals averaging in double figures. Point guard Chris Manning leads all of Division III with 3.77 steals a game.

“We can be an explosive team,” said Curle. “That was evident early on in the second half of the Geneseo game.”

Plattsburgh also continues to get strong play from its bench in what has been a turnaround season for the Cardinals. In fact, none of the starters scored in double figures in the win over Geneseo.

While Curle’s tenure at Plattsburgh has been an overall successful one, a young and rebuilding Cardinal team went 8-18 overall and 6-12 in conference play a season ago.

“Players like Shamoy McIntosh, Jordan Moody, Ezra Hodgson and Mike Mitchell were freshmen last year and their growth as sophomores has been exceptional,” said Curle. “And our juniors are supplying great leadership.

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