PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh State men’s basketball team got derailed last Saturday.
The Cardinals will be looking to find their way back on the tracks this weekend in what shapes up to be another difficult conference road trip.
Plattsburgh (8-3, 2-2 SUNYAC) is at New Paltz tonight and at Oneonta Saturday in SUNY Athletic Conference play.
Last weekend, the Cardinals made it five wins in a row with Friday’s 98-85 victory over Geneseo at Memorial Hall.
But on Saturday, Brockport pulled away in the closing minutes for an 85-78 win when Plattsburgh collapsed down the stretch and suffered a rare loss at home.
“We had a good week of practice and took care of the fundamentals and basics,” Plattsburgh coach Tom Curle said. “We had a game last weekend that we could have won, but it’s a long season and there’s going to be ebbs and flows.
“I’m fine with where we are. We have a lot of games left to be played and haven’t even played 25 percent of our conference schedule. We haven’t had a bad game yet, and we’re playing well. We just have to finish games out.
“The four teams we’ve played so far in the conference will all be there at the end. If we struggle this weekend, we can start to worry. But we can’t worry about the big picture just yet.”
The Hawks (5-7, 2-3) have a losing record but are coming off an 83-75 victory at Oswego and played Cortland tough Jan. 7 while dropping a 72-69 home setback.
Taylor Sowah is New Paltz’s leading scorer, averaging 15.8 points a game, in what is a balanced attack.
“Both teams we play this weekend are very good teams,” Curle said. “New Paltz plays really well on defense and will double-team the post. They will also run their stuff.”
Oneonta hosts Potsdam tonight and played extremely well in its previous game — a 78-70 win at Cortland.
The Red Dragons (7-5, 4-1) have four players averaging in double figures, led by Zach Mager with a 21.9 mark.
“Oneonta has a number of players who can really shoot the ball, especially from the 3-point line, and they will be tough to guard,” Curle said.
“When kids get older, they get better and mature. That is what’s happening with Oneonta — it’s all part of the process.”
Curle says everyone on the roster is ready to go this weekend.
“We’re a little banged up right now with some nagging injuries,” he said. “But so is everyone else. Everyone on our roster will suit up and be ready to play.”