Desmond Williams is an All-America candidate and was recently named the NJCAA Player of the Week.
The No. 11 CCRI Knights men’s basketball team traveled to Fall River, Mass. to play the Bees of Bristol Community College in a Region XXI non-league game. The Knights defeated the Bees 82-64. With the victory, the Knights improved to 24-4 on the season and 11-1 in Region XXI play.
The Knights were playing their fourth game in seven days, and were without sophomore Roger Livramento (Central Falls), but the Knights found a way to come home with a convincing victory. Jeff Schmeltz (Burrillville) was one of the players to step-up his game, as he scored four points and had a game-high 11 rebounds and blocking a career-high eight shots. The Knights raced out to a 42-25 halftime lead and cruised from there, with their lead never going below double-digits.
With the win, CCRI is just two away from tying the program record of 26 wins, set in 1977 and tied in 1990.
Leading the way for the Knights was Desmond Williams (Torrington, Conn.), who scored 22 points, including two 3-pointers, with five rebounds and four assists. Captain Trevor Mabry (Norwich, Conn.) had a very efficient shooting night, going 7-9 from the floor and 4-5 from the free throw line to score 18 points. He added eight rebounds. Isaac Medeiros (Johnston), who got the start for Livramento, scored 13 points with nine rebounds. Also helping the Knights was point guard Bryan Yarce (Cranston), who scored 10 points with six assists and captain Chris Canino (Hartford, Conn.), who added eight points and eight rebounds.
“Solid road win for our guys,” CCRI head coach Rick Harris said. “ Bristol has played some solid ball as of late with recent wins over Massasoit, Roxbury and Gateway. Our guys stepped-up in a big way with the absence of their court leader Roger Livramento to find new ways to get the job done and get the important Region victory.”
The Knights are back in action today when they travel to Franklin, Mass. to play Region XXI rival Dean College at 6 p.m.
Knights triumph over Mass Bay
The No. 11 CCRI Knights hosted the Buccaneers of Mass Bay Community College from Wellesley Hills, Mass. on Saturday for a Region XXI non-league game. The Knights defeated the Buccaneers 76-59.
The game was a series of scoring runs by both teams. The Knights jumped out to a quick and emphatic 15-0 lead before Mass Bay dug deep and went on a 19-2 run of its own to lead 19-17. With Mass Nay leading 30-27, Williams sank one of his team-high three 3-pointers to tie the score 30-30 with one minute left. The teams went into the break tied at 32.
The Knights began the second half with a 14-2 run to take another double-digit lead over the Buccaneers. The second half run was spearheaded by Livramento, who scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half. The inside-outside attack of Williams and Livramento was too much for the Mass Bay to overcome as the Knights maintained a double-digit lead throughout the rest of the game.
Williams led all scorers with 27 points, with six steals, five assists and five rebounds. Livramento dominated the inside, charting his fifth consecutive double-double, as he scored 20 points and had 13 rebounds. Also playing very well for the Knights was Yarce, who scored 10 points with eight assists. Mabry had 11 points and seven rebounds and Schmeltz added seven rebounds and three points.
“The guys battled hard for 40 minutes today and they needed to, because Mass Bay is an outstanding well coached team,” Harris said. “Our guys sense that we always need to be ready because we have once again become a team with a target on our back.”
Allen sets new 3,000m record at BU
The CCRI Knights indoor track team traveled to Boston to compete in the Boston University Valentine Invitational. It was be the final regular season meet for the CCRI Indoor track team, as it will not be attending the USTAF New England Meet that was originally on their schedule. Once again, Bobby Allen (Cranston) established a new CCRI Record in the 3,000 meter run.
Allen placed 39th in a very strong collegiate field, and set a school record of 8:29.27 seconds in the 3,000. That time bested his previous mark set at the Harvard Open of 8:43.55 in December. Anthony Cox (Brooklyn, N.Y.) ran a season-best in the 200m dash, placing 90th in a time of 23.23 seconds. Marciano Brunette (Narragansett) placed 145th in the 400m dash in a time of 54.09 seconds. Sophomore Isaiah Hector (Warwick) placed 43rd in the 500m dash in a time of 1:11.55. Allen advanced to the NJCAA Championship on March 2 and 3 at Eastern Illinois University in Charelston, Ill.
Knights down No. 14 Massasoit
The No. 11 CCRI Knights men’s basketball team hosted the No. 14 Warriors of Massasoit Community College from Brockton, Mass. in a Region XXI showdown at the Cullen Fieldhouse. The Knights defeated the Warriors 84-75. By winning, the Knights clinched the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Region XXI Tournament. The game was taped by Cox Sports 3 and will air today at 7 p.m. on channel 1003 on Cox Digital Cable.
Massasoit scored first, making the score 3-0, but the Knights answered with two quick baskets to take a 4-3 lead and never trailed again. However, the game was not without drama. The Knights were able to extend their lead to 16 points with the score 40-24 with about five minutes left in the half. The Warriors cut the lead to 11 points 44-33 by halftime. In the second half, the Knights found themselves in a bad spot with three of their starters, Livramento, Williams and Schmeltz, all with four fouls with over 13 minutes left.
This allowed the Warriors to chip away at the Knights’ lead and get it under 10 points in the final 10 minutes. In addition, with a little over six minutes left, another starter, Mabry, also picked-up his fourth foul and then his fifth shortly after. However, the Knights showed enough composure to gut out the victory. Down the stretch, the Knights got key steals from Yarce and Keith Lackerson (Brooklyn, N.Y.), along with a clutch 3-pointer from Williams to help secure the win.
Leading the way for the Knights was Yarce, who had his best game at CCRI with a career-high 17 points and another career-high, 13 assists, while swiping seven steals from the Warriors and running the Knights’ offense perfectly without a turnover. Yarce was helped by Williams, who scored a team-high 20 points, including three 3-pointers. Also having a big night for CCRI was Livramento, who had 11 points and 12 rebounds. Mabry added 12 points and eight rebounds. Rounding out the Knights’ attack was Medeiros, who added eight points and seven rebounds, and Lackerson, who scored six points with four assists off the bench. Massasoit’s Ravon Dunbar led all scorers with 29 points.
“Very pleased watching and coaching our team this evening,” Harris said. “Our team chemistry has been outstanding, as evident by our 24 assists and just 10 turnovers. Our discipline and composure were truly keys to this victory. We will continue to try and get a little better each day. At the same time I am trying to enjoy this team and our practices and games, as the group is becoming a very special one.”