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January 24, 2014

Cards look to improve defense

PLATTSBURGH — Tom Curle was under the weather on Tuesday.

And after coaching his Plattsburgh State men’s basketball team to a less-than-inspiring 73-58 win over Potsdam at Memorial Hall, he wasn’t feeling a whole lot better.

Curle, however, was feeling better on Thursday and hoping the Cardinals would be back on their game this weekend.

Plattsburgh (11-3, 5-2 SUNYAC) is at Buffalo State (7-7, 3-4)tonight and Fredonia (3-11, 0-7) Saturday in SUNY Athletic Conference play.

“After this weekend, everyone in the league will have played each other once and will know more about where they stand,” Curle said. “This weekend marks the halfway point of our conference schedule.

“There are eight teams currently involved in the playoff race, and they will have a clearer indication of where they’re at. That’s why this weekend is a really important weekend for us.”

Two wins would give the Cardinals a 7-2 record in the SUNYAC, and six of their final nine games will be at home.

Curle wasn’t happy with his team’s defensive effort against the Bears, and that has been a focus this week.

“We had a good practice on Wednesday,” he said. “We looked at tape of the game and how we played defensively against Potsdam. We worked on getting a better defensive effort over the weekend.

“Against Potsdam, we were letting their players get to the basket too easily and expecting to get help from our teammates. That’s not how it works with help defense.

“On one play, Shamoy (McIntosh) was in front of the player he was guarding. The guy made a move to the basket, and Shamoy stayed with him. John (Perez) came over and was able to block the shot. That’s getting help defense.”

Buffalo State dropped an 84-69 decision at conference-leading Brockport on Tuesday.

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