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January 18, 2013

Cardinals look to protect home court

PLATTSBURGH — Last season, a young and rebuilding Plattsburgh State men’s basketball team won eight games.

The players are a year older now and the Cardinals, with still half the regular season to go, matched their win total of a season ago when they prevailed 82-81 at Brockport last Saturday.

Cardinals coach Tom Curle hopes this is just the start of something bigger.

“We’re in position to control our own destiny and have a good feeling about things,” he said. “Our first goal is to make the league playoffs, which will have six teams instead of eight this year.

“We have to take care of business. It’s good that we have won as many games as we have, but it’s also important that we feel we have a chance to win every game we play. We didn’t always have that mind-set last year.”

Plattsburgh (8-5, 4-2 SUNYAC) is home this weekend at Memorial Hall for an 8 p.m. game tonight against New Paltz and a 4 p.m. contest Saturday versus Oneonta in SUNY Athletic Conference play.

Geneseo currently leads the SUNYAC race with a 6-1 mark, while Plattsburgh is one of four teams tied for second at 4-2 in what has shaped up to be a closely-contested battle for the six playoff spots.

“This is really an important weekend for us,” Curle said. “The first half of league play will be almost over after the weekend, and it will give us an indication of where we are.

“Two wins would make us 6-2, with five home games still remaining. We would look good to this point as far as making the playoffs are concerned.”

The Cardinals return home after splitting a road weekend at Geneseo and Brockport, with the combined margin of difference in the two games being three points.

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