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Alexander, Curie reign supreme over King

12/18/2012, 9:34pm CST
By Bill Harrison

Curie’s Cliff Alexander was spectacular from start to finish, ending with 17 points, 14 rebounds and four thunderous dunks as the Condors cruised past King 77-41 Tuesday night.

One thing Curie knows now is it doesn’t have to worry about being too full of itself, especially after being humbled during a 33-point loss to national power Oak Hill in its season opener.

Three more losses since have the Condors going back to Plan B, and nobody is more on board with that than 6-foot-9 junior center Cliff Alexander. He and his teammates displayed Tuesday night during a 77-41 win over King that they have a new focus and are ready to refine the season now and not later.

“No more losses,” Alexander said. “We are tired of losing, we want to keep winning. We have to work on our transition defense and build on that.”

The Jaguars (8-3, 2-1 in the Red-Central) were riding an eight-game winning streak heading into the contest but the Condors (3-4, 3-0) weren’t paying attention to that. After a 6-6 start, they ended the first quarter with a 13-3 run and never looked back.

Alexander was spectacular from start to finish, ending with 17 points, 14 rebounds, and four thunderous dunks before giving way to the bench the remaining 4 minutes of the contest. Marcellis Davis added 12 points while Demarcus Richardson chipped in 10 for the Condors.

Zachary Branch led all scorers with 20 points for the Jaguars, while teammate Xavier Robinson had 11.

“We are trying to get back into building a winning tradition here again,” Curie coach Mike Oliver said. “We’ve been playing that national schedule, so this helps us to get back focused in our conference.”

Alexander is a major Division I prospect getting notice from several major schools including Duke and Kentucky. He helped his team build a 38-19 half time lead, pitching in 11 of his points and eight of his rebounds at that point. Davis had 10 at the half.

Branch hit three three-pointers in the second half, but his team could never cut into the 19-point first half deficit.

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