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Staten Island Advance, January 21, 2013 9:18 p.m.
Curtis awoke from a first-half slumber to rally past Princeton Day School 62-58 in the Big Apple Invitational at Baruch College on Monday.
"We were hot and cold in the first half," explained CHS coach Rich Buckheit "We got off to a good start and then fell back on our heels. It was a lackluster defensive effort."
The (19-4) Warriors actually got out to a 10-0 lead before they stopped executing.
Behind Miami University-bound Davon Reed (team-high 23 points), the Panthers went on a blitz to finish the opening quarter with a 22-14 advantage.
"Fortunately, we were able to make a little run of our own near the end of the second period and that gave us a little momentum going into intermission," added Buckheit, whose team trailed 35-26 at halftime.
"We came out in the third quarter and extended the floor defensively. We forced some mistakes and took care of the ball (nine turnovers). We put pressure on the ball and did a better job of denying Reed."
Reed converted a four-point play with a minute left to get the New Jersey quintet to within a trey. But Ben Ellis made two free throws and Jamel Olorunoje canned one to seal the verdict.
Hassan Martin (13 rebounds, 6 blocked shots) scored a game-high 24 points while Ellis (4 assists, 2 turnovers) added 16.
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