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Young, Simeon and Morgan Park are rated higher but no team in the city is as dominant at the moment as No. 8 Curie.
Led by 6-9 junior star Cliff Alexander, 11 different Curie players scored as the visiting Condors thrashed Robeson 80-26 in Red-Central play Wednesday on the South side.
Despite playing only about half the game, Alexander put on another show by scoring 23 points and adding seven rebounds, four blocked shots and two assists for Curie (9-5, 5-0). The Condors remained red-hot, winning its ninth out of its last 11 games since an 0-3 start.
Curie outscored Robeson 53-8 in the second and fourth quarters.
“We came out a little sluggish [in the first and third quarters] and we had to come out and play harder in those quarters,” Alexander said. After a so-so first quarter that saw Curie go up 14-8, the Condors unleashed the dogs by opening the second quarter with a 15-0 run.
Alexander scored the first five points of the quarter. He again showed greater range on his shot and a more diversified offensive attack. “I’m expanding my game and showing what I can do, but it’s still about us getting the [victory],” he said.
Senior guard Marcellis Davis scored nine points on three three-pointers. He ended the second quarter flurry with back-to-back three-pointers as Curie expanded its advantage to 39-12 at the break.
Freshman guard Devin Gage and junior reserve guard Julian Snowden each scored 10 points. Sophomore swingman Joshua Stamps and senior guard Aaron Holiday contributed seven points apiece.
Alexander said the other players are feeding off his energy. “They see, when I get a dunk or something, it fires them up and they go out and want to do something good out there,” he said. Alexander went on a personal 10-0 run to start the fourth quarter as the Condors outscored Robeson 28-4 in the final quarter.
Shavelle Moses scored 17 points for the Raiders (5-5, 2-2).