The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team hosted Region XXI Division III powerhouse Wildcats Lincoln College of New England from Southington, Conn. Monday and came away with a hard-fought 87-74 victory. The win raises CCRI’s record to 8-2 overall and 5-1 in Region XXI. With the loss, the Wildcats drop to 8-5.
CCRI got out to an early lead and was able to maintain it throughout the first half, but Lincoln put an 8-4 run together to end the first half to go into halftime trailing by only a score 43-33 score.
Both teams played well to start the second half as the lead dropped from 10 points to one, 61-60, with 10 minutes to play. The Knights got clutch scoring down the stretch from big man Elijah Okagbare (Atlanta, Ga.) who scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half to go with seven rebounds and a blocked shot. The Knights also got big points from Kevin Marmolejos (Queens, N.Y.), who hit three big three-pointers after Lincoln closed the gap to one point. Marmolejos had 17 total points, including five three-pointers on 5-for-10 shooting from long range with six rebounds and three assists.
Three other Knights had big nights, included Anthony Jernigan (East Hartford, Conn.), who scored 19 points and dished-out a game–high eight assists. Captain Pat Marchand (Cranston) added his second consecutive double-double, scoring 17 points while pulling down 11 rebounds and Robert Skinner (Winsted, Conn.) came off the bench to add 10 points.
“This was our best defensive effort of the year against a very strong opponent,” CCRI head coach Rick Harris said. “We’ve been emphasizing defense to create offensive opportunities and we were able to do that tonight. We have two days of practice to prepare for another important game, a league contest against a very strong Dean College team Thursday night here at home.”
The Knights now gear-up for their toughest game of the year to date. The Knights will host the undefeated (10-0) Bulldogs of Dean College for an important Region XXI league game today at 8 p.m. at the Cullen Fieldhouse in Warwick.
Records fall as Lady Knights beat Lincoln
The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team hosted the Wildcats of Lincoln College of New England for their home opener on Monday evening at the Cullen Fieldhouse in Warwick. The Lady Knights defeated the Wildcats 102-23. With the victory, the Lady Knights improved to 7-0 overall and 2-0 in Region XXI play.
In its first home game of the season, CCRI took no time to quickly seize control of the game, taking a 16-0 lead and extending it to 53-12 by halftime. The Lady Knights slowed the tempo down in the second half but their hot shooting kept the scoring going for CCRI. As a team, the Lady Knights set a program record for three-pointers in a game with 22.
Leading the way for the CCRI was captain Allexia Barros (New Bedford, Mass.) with 35 points, including a CCRI single-game record 11 three-pointers, while adding five assists, four rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots. Also having a solid all-around game was Jesse Ossian (Chandler, Ariz.) with a triple-double of 10 points, 12 rebounds and a CCRI single-game record 16 assists, plus seven steals.
Also helping the Lady Knights was captain Ahnyyah Jackson (Hackensack, N.J.) with 19 points and Amber Edwards (Boston, Mass.), who had a double-double with 14 points and 15 rebounds. Rounding out the stats for CCRI was Jess Winegar (Cranston) with nine points, Jess Patalano (Exeter) with eight points and Lindsay Danise (Danbury, Conn.) with seven points and six rebounds.
The next game for the Lady Knights will be this today at 6 p.m. when they host Region XXI rival Dean College for their first league game.
Lady Knights dominate Orange County CC
The CCRI Lady Knights’ basketball team traveled to Middletown, N.Y. on Tuesday to play the Colts of Orange County Community College (OCCC) for a non-league game. The Lady Knights easily handled the Colts 87-47.
The Lady Knights controlled the game from beginning to the end. CCRI took a 49-23 lead into halftime and never looked back, as they also outscored OCCC 39-24 in the second half to cruise to the easy victory.
Leading the way for the Lady Knights was Jackson with a game-high 20 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals. Barros had 17 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Also helping the Lady Knights’ effort was Danise, who had a career-high 15 points with six rebounds. Ossian added 12 points with nine rebounds, seven assists and three steals.
Rounding out the CCRI attack was Edwards with eight points and nine rebounds, Winegar with eight points and Patalano with seven points and five rebounds.
Six Lady Knights, four Knights earn All-Region XXI soccer honors
The CCRL Lady Knights’ soccer season just recently ended, and though it came to a close before they would have liked, they did receive some good news this week with six of their players earning All-Region XXI honors.
They were captain goalkeeper Alex Place (East Greenwich), captain midfielder Betti Worth (Bolton, England), captain forward Paige Oram (Burrillville), sophomore defender Taylor Lopes (Cumberland), freshman forward Carla Porras (Narragansett), and freshman defender Estefany Mejia (Cranston, RI).
The men’s team had four players earn All-Region XXI honors. They were sophomore captain midfielder Luis Navas (Pawtucket), freshman forward Adam Corey (North Kingstown), freshman defender Adam Couto (Plainfield, Conn.) and freshman midfielder Justin Kue (West Warwick).