Though the CCRI Knights season ended on a sour note by not making it to the Region XXI championship, they did recently receive some good news. Five of their players earned All-Region XXI honors. On the first team was midfielder Manuel Alves (Pawtucket, R.I.), defender Chris Lopes (Pawtucket, R.I.) and midfielder Jerson Gomes (Pawtucket, R.I.). Honorable mention selections were goalkeeper Zach Caron (Seekonk, Mass.) and Michael Keegan (East Greenwich, R.I.).
Alves was tied for second on the Knights in scoring with three goals and four assists for 10 total points. He was a pivotal player in the midfield for the Knights, orchestrating their offensive and defensive transitions. He was also took most of the Knights’ free kicks and set plays on the offensive end of the field.
Lopes added a goal and an assist for the Knights for three total points. Most of his contributions, though, were defensively, whether it was going after 50/50 balls or positioning for a header.
Gomes was one of the Knights’ main scoring threats with two goals and five assists for nine total points. He was often times on one end or another of many Knights’ scoring opportunities. Though not the biggest player he utilized his quickness to elide defenders and create scoring threats for the Knights.
Caron was the Knights’ primary goalkeeper, and he allowed 25 goals against in 11 games played for a 2.31 goals against average.
Keegan was the sweeper and last line of defense before Caron.
Knights sink Springfield Tech
The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team hosted the Rams of Springfield Technical Community College from Springfield, Mass. on Saturday for their first Region XXI showdown. The Knights defeated the Rams 82-45. With the victory, the Knights improved to 4-0 on the season and 1-0 in Region XXI play.
The Knights came out firing on all cylinders. They used their stifling defense, athleticism and unselfish play to make quick work of the visiting Rams. The Knights outscored the Rams 51-26 by the half and they stretched their lead to as many as 30 points in the second half.
The Knights were led by freshman Anthony Henry (Danbury, Conn.) with a game-high 17 points. He was followed by freshman Isaac Medeiros (Johnston, R.I.), who had 10 points, five rebounds and three blocked shots. Also contributing for the Knights was Addison Williams (Boulder, Colo.) with 10 points and four rebounds, Trevor Mabry (Norwich, Conn.) with eight points, four rebounds and three blocked shots, Roger Livramento (Central Falls, R.I.) with eight rebounds and six points and Desmond Williams (Torrington, Conn.), who added a team-high seven assists and eight points.
Defensively the Knights had 23 steals, 14 blocked shots and 24 assists in their team victory.
“Nice team win today,” head coach Rick Harris said. “We played hard and together for two halves. That’s all a coach can ask of his team.”
Lady Knights lose to Allegany
The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team continued in the Frederick Community College/Goodwill Mixer on Sunday and faced No. 17 ranked Allegany College of Maryland. The Lady Knights lost to the Trojans 62-51. With the loss, the Lady Knights began the season 0-2. Though the Lady Knights came up short on the weekend, freshman Jessica Randall (Warwick, R.I.) was named to the All-Tournament team.
The Lady Knights and Trojans battled evenly in the first half, with neither team backing down, and the Trojans went into the break leading by the narrow 25-24 margin. In the second half the Trojans were able to pull away.
Leading the way for the Lady Knights was Cartrecia Ward (Boynton, Beach, Fla.) with 17 points while shooting 5-8 from beyond the arc. She was followed by Jahira Smith (Norwich, Conn.) with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Also helping the Lady Knights’ effort was Jessica Randall with eight points and six rebounds.
"We had strings of consistency for only 5-8 minute spurts both offensively and defensively,” head coach Kate Lynch said. “We had too many unforced turnovers. You cannot do that against a team like Allegany."
Lady Knights fall to Frederick CC
The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team traveled to Frederick, Md. to play in the Frederick Community College/Goodwill Mixer over the weekend. In their season opener, the Lady Knights faced the host Cougars of Frederick Community College. The Lady Knights fell to the Cougars 73-69. With the loss, the Lady Knights began the season 0-1.
The Lady Knights were in hostile territory against a very good team (4-0) and found themselves trailing 35-25 at the half. In the second half, the Lady Knights outscored the Cougars 44-38 but the Cougar lead would hold.
Though they lost the Lady Knights did have four players score in double figures. Smith started her career with 20 points, 12 rebounds and seven steals, followed by Randall, who had 14 points and 15 rebounds. Also contributing for the Lady Knights was Monique Plummer (Fairfield, Conn.) with 13 points and six rebounds and Nyjah Porcher (New Britain, Conn.), who chipped in with 12 points, five rebounds and four steals.
"We came of the gate with a lot of energy,” Lynch said. “We executed well in the first ten minutes. (Destinee) Jernigan really hurt us on the perimeter. We did not do a good job of recognizing her where she was after we made some defensive adjustments. We had too many turnovers in the last ten minutes of the first half. Frederick is a tough team and good teams will capitalize on that.”
All 15 Knights score to sink Sacred Heart
The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team hosted the Pioneers of Sacred Heart JV on Wednesday night for their home opener at the Vincent A. Cullen Fieldhouse. The Knights defeated the Pioneers 102-70. With the victory the Knights improve to 3-0 on the season.
The Knights fell behind the Pioneers 6-0 to begin the game, but answered with a 10-0 run and never looked back. The Knights went into halftime with a 48-23 lead. CCRI was led by Williams, who scored 14 of his game-high 30 points in the first half of play. Williams was on fire, shooting 10 of 13 from the floor, including six of eight from three-point range.
The Cullen Fieldhouse crowd was electric for the Knights’ home opener and the Knights did not disappoint as they went on multiple runs sparked by suffocating defense and exciting play on the offensive end. Defensively, the Knights forced 13 turnovers, swiped eight steals and blocked 16 shots – many of them emphatically, bringing the crowd to their feet. Offensively the Knights shot an impressive 55% from the floor while racking up 23 assists.
All 15 Knights scored in the home opener led by Williams. He Henry with nine points, two blocked shots and two rebounds, Brandon Strawn (Longview, Texas) with eight points, and the frontcourt tandem of captain Josh Perry (South Kingston, R.I.) and Bryan Yarce (Cranston, R.I.), who each added seven points and four assists.
“Fun night tonight in our home opener,” Harris said. “Overall we kept things under control and worked hard on getting better in the areas we stress daily. I was pleased with our defending without fouling and our sharing of the ball. Overall, we just had too many weapons and too much depth for our opponent to overcome.”