February 10, 2013

Cardinals clinch playoff spot with weekend sweep

PLATTSBURGH — It was a very productive weekend for the Plattsburgh State men’s basketball team.

The Cardinals completed a weekend sweep at home Saturday with an 84-62 win over Geneseo in SUNY Athletic Conference play at Memorial Hall.

With the victory, Plattsburgh (15-7, 11-4) clinched a spot in the conference tournament and also moved into second place, trailing only Cortland. The Cardinals are two games up in the loss column over both Geneseo and Oswego in the battle for second.

“I think we may have clinched a playoff spot last night,” said Plattsburgh coach Tom Curle. “The players are beginning to realize what’s at stake.

“We’re one win away from a home playoff game. I’m definitely happy with the way we played over the weekend and I like the way we’re playing. Last year, we went 6-12 in the conference and this year we’re 11-4 so far.

“It was a big game for us today.”

It was a balanced offensive attack for the Cardinals on Saturday with eight players scoring seven points or more. None of the Plattsburgh starters hit in double figures, with three of those getting nine points.

“Opposing coaches look at that and say who do you try to stop,” said Curle.

Kalik Parker led the way with 14 points and Edward Correa added 10. Chris Manning added team highs of 10 assists and five steals, while Reggie Williams pulled down nine rebounds.

“We came out and executed right away,” said Curle. “We went on a 19-0 run within a 3-minute span in the second half to put them away.

“Earlier, they went to a zone and cut our lead to six. But we went to our bench to get a little taller line-up with shooters like Parker and Correa. They were able to hit some threes and it got us energized.

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