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January 22, 2013

Curle's Cards catching Bears at bad time

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“Potsdam has some really good players who are tough to guard. They have a potent offensive team.”

Curle was not happy with everything he saw from his team last weekend.

“We did some things really well, especially when we ran,” he said. “But, when we slowed down, we were a different team. We have to really earn our baskets collectively as a team.

“We don’t have the flow of what we’re doing in our half-court game. We need to get the ball to people more effectively. We’ll work on that in practice on Monday before the Potsdam game.”

Plattsburgh also needs to do a better job finishing around the net after missing several layups in both games last weekend.

“That would help,” said Curle.

Still, Curle has plenty to be pleased about.

“We’re one of three teams in the conference with two losses,” he said. “Geneseo is 7-2, while Cortland and us are 6-2.

“We still have a lot of room for improvement but, despite that, we’re one of the top three teams in the conference right now.

We want to continue our success and get better with each game.”

Curle will know a lot more about his team in the next couple of weeks. The contest tonight is the first of five in a row on the road before the Cardinals end the regular season with five in a row at home.

“This will be a difficult stretch of five road games and it will tell us where we sit,” he said. “The Potsdam game is our last conference game in the first half of the season. It would be nice to be 7-2.”

Shamoy McIntosh (12.3) and John Perez (10.8) are the only two Plattsburgh players averaging in double figures.

The Cardinals, however, continue to use their bench effectively. Reggie Williams was a key player off the bench in the win over New Paltz and Mike Mitchell played a key role in the victory over Oneonta.

This weekend, the Cardinals play road games at Buffalo State on Friday and Fredonia on Saturday.

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