PLATTSBURGH — This weekend marks the most difficult road trip the Plattsburgh State men’s basketball team will have during the regular season.
The Cardinals (15-3, 9-2 SUNYAC), one of the top three teams in the SUNY Athletic Conference standings, will play the other two this weekend — tonight at unbeaten Brockport and Saturday at Geneseo.
“No doubt, this is a difficult weekend for us,” Plattsburgh coach Tom Curle said. “But we can’t shy away from the fact that this is a big opportunity for us.
“A .500 record will get you into the conference tournament, and we’re in no matter what. But after this weekend is over, we’ll see where we sit.”
Plattsburgh is coming off last weekend’s SUNYAC sweep at Memorial Hall, including a solid 77-54 win over Oneonta and then a 90-78 victory over New Paltz.
“Each game is different, and I know some would say we didn’t play that well against New Paltz,” Curle said. “But we still won by 12 points, and winning by that many points doesn’t come often in the conference.
“We’re 15-3 overall for a reason — we have pretty good players. They’re not going to back away from anyone or the challenge. They will come ready to play this weekend.”
Shamoy McIntosh (14.9), Shavar Fields (13.8), John Perez (11.8) and Edward Correa (10.6) are all averaging in double figures for the Cardinals. Perez averages 8.5 rebounds and game, and Chris Manning dishes out 5.1 assists per contest.
Brockport (16-1, 10-0) remained unbeaten in the conference with last weekend’s 73-68 home victory over Geneseo. The Golden Eagles trailed for much of the game before rallying to win in overtime.
“Brockport goes on those crucial 8-0 and 10-0 runs,” Curle said. “You have to guard against turning the ball over because that ignites them.
“Geneseo had a 9-point lead and then they had three consecutive turnovers that resulted in Brockport getting back to within one.”