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RCS basketball alumnus inducted into state Hall of Fame


By Melanie Lekocevic

Capital Region Independent Media

RCS alumnus Curtis Blackmore

RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — Curtis Blackmore’s name will forever be remembered on the basketball court at RCS High School, and now his name is also enshrined at the New York State Basketball Hall of Fame.

Blackmore was inducted into the state Hall of Fame last week and on Tuesday, he went back to school, paying his alma mater a visit during a reception in his honor and sharing his experiences with the community.

Curtis Blackmore graduated from RCS in 1969. He was a starting player all four years of his high school career and was a member of the 1968 Class B championship team that was led by Coach Howie Tucker.

Blackmore’s high school record is legendary at RCS. He was the leading scorer in the Capital District and was named an All-Star player by the Times Union.

In a game against Watervliet, Blackmore scored an astonishing 54 points in a single matchup.

His high school jersey number is retired at RCS and he was in the first class of inductees in the RCS Athletic Hall of Fame several years ago.

Blackmore’s days on the basketball court did not end in high school.

“After RCS, Curtis played basketball at the University of Buffalo from 1970-73,” according to the RCS district. “He is the university’s all-time leading rebounder and is second all-time in scoring. He set 12 scoring records in his time there while averaging 16 rebounds a game. Curtis also holds the university record for most rebounds in a single game with 29.”

Blackmore was inducted into the University at Buffalo’s Hall of Fame back in 1982 and nearly made it into the NBA (National Basketball Association) to play for the Buffalo Braves in 1973.

Blackmore now lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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