November 18, 2012

Plattsburgh State captures Cardinal Classic

PLATTSBURGH — There is still plenty to work on, but Coach Tom Curle will definitely take the way his Plattsburgh State men’s basketball team has started the season.

The hosts captured the Cardinal Classic with a 77-70 victory over York in the championship game at Memorial Hall Saturday afternoon.

“We’re not close to where we want to be,” Curle said. “We have lots of work to do yet, but being able to work on that after a win is a bonus.

“We will look things over and use what we have done to correct some mistakes. Coming off a win, that is a real positive.”

Plattsburgh didn’t have a single player outshine another on the court Saturday. At the half, Plattsburgh had 10 players already in the scoring column.

Tournament MVP Chris Manning and Shamoy McIntosh led the way for Plattsburgh with 11 points apiece. Shavar Fields, who had missed the previous game, tallied 10 points, while Ezra Hodgson finished with nine.

“It is going to be really hard for any team to pick one guy on our team to focus on stopping,” Curle said.

Plattsburgh jumped out to a 41-32 lead at the half. York’s Tony Vails scored 18 of his team’s 32 points in the first half.

Vails was only able to muster nine points in the second half, but the rest of his team finally came alive as York went on an 8-0 run to start the half.

At the 12:55 mark as DaShawn Bobbitt connected on a pair of free throws, Plattsburgh’s nine-point halftime lead had officially been erased, with the game was tied at 45.

York took its first lead with 11:11 on the clock on Shamir Wilkinson’s layup.

“(York) did a few things that I didn’t think a team was going to be able to do to us all year,” Curle said. “They outrebounded us by 17 and they beat us to a high percentage of the loose balls.

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