Photo courtesy of CCRI
RISING UP: CCRI's Roger Livramento leaps toward the basket.
The CCRI men’s and women’s basketball programs will host the 2012 CCRI Basketball Invitational this weekend at the Vincent A. Cullen Fieldhouse located on the CCRI Knight Campus in Warwick.
The Invitational will consist of eight games – four on Saturday and four on Sunday. On the men’s side, CCRI will be joined by Bunker Hill Community College from Boston, Mass., Genesee Community College from Batavia, N.Y., and the Mustangs of Monroe College in New Rochelle, N.Y., who are ranked among the top 10 Division I programs in the nation.
The women’s field consists of Mercer County Community College from West Windsor, N.J., Genesee Community College, the defending Division II National Champions and Monroe College, who’s currently ranked eighth in the nation.
The game schedule is as follows:
Saturday, Jan. 14
1 p.m. - Mercer women vs. Monroe women
3 p.m. - Monroe men vs. Genesee men
5 p.m. - CCRI women vs. Genesee women
7:30 p.m. - CCRI men vs. Bunker Hill men
Sunday, Jan. 15
12 p.m. - Genesee women vs. Mercer women
2 p.m. - Bunker Hill men vs. Genesee men
4 p.m. - CCRI women vs. Monroe women
6 p.m. - CCRI men vs. Monroe men
The CCRI department of athletics will also be holding its third annual appreciation and recognition night on Saturday as part of the invitational. During halftime of the men’s game, a plaque ceremony will be held to honor Don Baker, Director of Bookstore Operations; Ed Madonna, Chair of the Math Department; Tonya Arrarian, Technical Staff Assistant of Testing and Assessment; Jean Merlain, CCRI Student Ambassador; and the Apponaug Girls Softball Organization.
Knights roll past Mercer
The No. 13 ranked men’s basketball team hosted the Vikings of Mercer County Community College on Saturday and posted a 56-40 victory. With the win, the Knights improve to an impressive 15-2 on the season.
This game was a return match from the Knights’ first game of the season, in which CCRI defeated the Vikings 61-25.
The Knights did not have it as easy this time around.
The Vikings added a couple of quality players and had a very deliberate game plan which they executed very well. The Knights still led the Vikings 29-26 at halftime, though they were not playing their best basketball.
In the second half CCRI opened up with a different zone defense that disrupted the flow of Mercer’s offense, and the resulting missed shots translated into transition baskets for the Knights. From there, the Knights pulled away from the Vikings and cruised to the win.
Leading the way for the Knights was Roger Livramento (Central Falls), who charted another double-double with 13 points and 17 rebounds. Livramento was helped by Keith Lackerson (Brooklyn, N.Y.), who scored 10 points with five rebounds, Desmond Williams (Torrington, Conn.) with 10 points, three steals, two assists and a block, and Bryan Yarce (Cranston), who had eight points, three assists and two steals.
“All wins are good wins and it was a nice team victory today,” said head coach Rick Harris. “In a game like today’s game, Keith Lackerson’s effort was instrumental to our success. The young men have earned a bit of a rest as we do not play our next game until next Saturday in the CCRI Invitational. We’ll get our work in and prepare for a couple of strong opponents.”
Lady Knights take it to Titans but fall 50-47
The CCRI women’s basketball team concluded its four-game Florida road trip in St. Petersburg, Fla., with a game against the powerful Division I Lady Titans of St. Petersburg College, who came in with a 16-2 record. The Lady Knights hung with the Titans but ultimately lost 50-47 to fall to 10-7 on the season.
CCRI came out of the gates quickly and led 7-6 five minutes into the game. However, the St. Pete’s squad had an answer and took a 10-point lead with 6:27 left in the first half. CCRI went to the break trailing by eight.
In the second half, CCRI chipped away at the lead and with 6:55 left, Jess Randall (Warwick) hit a mid-range jumper to give the Lady Knights their first second-half lead at 41-40. It was back and forth from there, with St. Pete’s taking a 49-45 lead. Jahira Smith (Norwich, Conn.) scored with 27.1 seconds left to make it 49.7. CCRI then got the ball back with 14.7 seconds left and drew up a play for Smith, whose floater went in and out. St. Pete’s got the rebound and held on for the three-point win.
Smith led the Lady Knights with a game-high 17 points, as well as eight steals. Nyjah Porcher (New Britain, Conn.) scored 11 points with five rebounds, two steals and an assist. Also helping CCRI was Ashley Welly (Coral Springs, Fla.) with six points and five rebounds and Randall with six points, four rebounds, two steals and an assist. Jenna Ayala (Paterson, N.J.) had nine rebounds, Moe Plummer (Fairfield, Conn.) added three points and Krista Trenholm (Hope Valley, R.I.) chipped in with two points and four rebounds.
“I couldn't be prouder of their effort,” said head coach Kate Lynch. “I've seen them grow and mature in a week of playing. We made a lot of positive progress. We have put a heavy emphasis on playing 40 minutes. The last two games we did just that. This was our fourth game in seven days and I think it was our best. The competition down here will prepare us for March."