The No. 13 CCRI Knights men’s basketball team hosted the Knights from Northern Essex Community College from Haverhill, Mass. for a Region XXI interdivisional match-up. The Knights of CCRI defeated the Northern Essex Knights 72-49. With the victory, the Knights improved to 11-2 on the season and 5-0 in Region XXI play.
CCRI was playing with a depleted backcourt without Bryan Yarce (Cranston) and captain Nick Maglio (Barrington). However, that gave sophomore captain Josh Perry (South Kingstown) the opportunity to step up and shine as he ran CCRI’s offense admirably in their absence. The CCRI Knights were led in the first half by Desmond Williams (Torrington, Conn.), where he scored 22 of his game-high 24 points. CCRI jumped out to a quick 10-1 lead, which it extended to 21 points 34-13 midway through the half before going into the break leading 43-25. In the second half CCRI had to overcome the initial surge of defense from Northern Essex, which they managed, before coasting to the victory.
CCRI was led by Williams. He was helped by Sophomore Jeff Schmeltz (Burrillville), who also started and contributed eight points, six rebounds and two steals while swatting a game-high five blocked shots. Anthony Henry (Danbury, Conn.) added eight points, three assists and two blocks and Perry, in his first start of the year, added five points, three assists and three steals.
“Did what we had to do to get the victory tonight,” head coach Rich Harris said. “I commend the team in that as I told them after the game ‘Right now we are focusing up on completing the semester academically and getting healthy physically.’ I am pleased where we are as a team but the players and coaches know we have much more to give in order to get to the level that we are capable of getting to. It is a daily process and we all believe the best is yet to come.”
The Knights next game will be Wednesday, Dec. 28, when they will host Raritan Valley Community College from North Branch, N.J. at 7:30 p.m. The game will be part of the CCRI Holiday Classic following a game between Globe Institute and Bristol Community College at 5:30 p.m. The Holiday classic will take place at the Vincent A. Cullen Fieldhouse located on the CCRI Knight Campus in Warwick.
Lady Knights nail Niagara County CC
The CCRI Lady Knights’ basketball team played in the Genesee CC Cougar Holiday classic in Batavia, N.Y. on Sunday. They faced the Thunderwolves of Niagara County CC from Sanborn, N.Y. The Lady Knights defeated the Thunderwolves 93-50. With the victory, the Lady Knights extendd their winning streak to seven games and improved to 7-2 on the season. Lady Knights’ captain Jahira Smith (Norwich, Conn.) was named Tournament MVP while Treedy Ward (Boynton Beach, Fla.) and Krista Trenholm (Hope Valley) earned Cougar Holiday Classic All-Tournament Team honors.
The Lady Knights had four players in double-figures and two with double-doubles. CCRI led from the opening tip to the final buzzer taking a 46-25 lead into halftime and extending that lead in the second half to win comfortably 93-50.
Smith had another great all-around game, collecting 16 points, dishing out eight assists, pulling down six rebounds and adding five steals. Nyjah Porcher (New Britain, Conn.) also played a well-rounded game, finishing with 21 points, eight assists, seven steals, and seven rebounds. Trenholm recorded her first career double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds while fellow front courter Jenna Ayala (Patterson, N.J.) also recorded her first career double-double with 12 points and 15 rebounds. Celina Rosa (Plantation, Fla.) added nine points in only five minutes of play.
Lady Knights garner win over Genesee
The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team traveled to Batavia, N.Y. to compete in the Genesee Community College Cougar Holiday Classic.On Saturday they faced the hosting Cougars and defeated Genesee 75-49.
The Lady Knights got off to a fast start, jumping out to a 22-6 lead in the first ten minutes of play. They extended their lead to as many as 20 points in the first half before Genesee went on a run and closed the lead to 15 points by halftime. Despite Genesee's efforts, the pressure and energy from the Lady Knights was too much for them to overcome.
Smith led all scorers with 27 points while grabbing five boards, and swiping seven steals and dishing out five assists. Smith was helped by Ward, who finished with 16 points, including four consecutive three-pointers to seal the Lady Knights win in the second half. Also playing well for the Lady Knights was Jess Randall (Warwickwith eight points and seven rebounds and Moe Plummer (Fairfield, Conn.), who chipped in with eight points, three steals and three rebounds. Porcher added six points and six boards and Ayala added eight rebounds.
"I really felt that this is the best we have played all year,” head coach Kate Lynch said. “Everyone was on the same page. The energy and focus from our players was for an entire forty minutes. I am very proud of their effort tonight."
Allen sets 3,000m record at Harvard Open
Members of the CCRI men’s indoor track team traveled to Harvard University in Boston, Mass. on Saturday to compete in the Harvard Open. Their efforts were highlighted by a personal-best from Isaiah Hector (Warwick) in the 800m run and another record for Bobby Allen (Cranston).
Allen set the CCRI school record in the 3,000m run, placing fifth in a time of 8:43.55. This was Allen’s second record in two weeks, after he set the mile record last week at Wesleyan. Allen’s time is also a NJCAA Division I nationals automatic qualifying time. Anthony Cox (Brooklyn, N.Y.), who keeps getting closer to the school record in the 60m dash also placed fifth in a time of 7.07 seconds – less than two tenths off the time of 6.93 set by Blest Norris in 2010. Cox came back to place 14th out of 100 runners in the 200m dash in a season-best time of 23.23 seconds.
Hector placed 22nd in the 800m run in a personal best of 2:08.53. Marciano Brunette (Narragansett) placed 32nd in the 800m in a time of 2:15.87. Colin Sutherland (Warwick) placed 68th in the mile in a time of 5:43.11. Rounding out the Knights’ runners was Steve Bell (Warwick) who placed 35th in the 500m dash in a time of 1:16.35 and the 4x400m team of Bell, Hector, Brunette and Allen placed 19th in a time of 3:44.27.
No. 8 Knights fall to Niagara
The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team continued their play in the Genesee Community College Holiday Classic in Batavia, N.Y. on Sunday by playing the Thunderwolves of Niagara County Community College from Sanborn, N.Y. The Knights lost to the Thunderwolves 76-71. With the loss, the Knights fell to 10-2 on the season.
Niagara made five first half three-pointers, which forced the Knights into a 35-27 hole at halftime. The Knights scratched and clawed their way back into the contest and tied the score 56-56 with 7:10 remaining in the game. The Knights got 17 second-half points from Williams and eight second half points from Trevor Mabry (Norwich, Conn.), but the Knights could never pull ahead of the Thunderwolves. The Knights were playing without two starters – point guard Yarce and center Roger Livramento (Central Falls).
The Knights were led by Williams, who scored a team-high 21 points with eight rebounds and three assists. Williams was helped by Mabry, who had a double-double who had 13 points and 10 rebounds to go with three blocked shots. Henry added 14 points and four rebounds. Rounding out the Knights’ attack was Perry with seven points and four rebounds and Brandon Strawn (Longview, Texas) with seven points and three rebounds.
Knights beat Genesee for Harris’ 100th win
The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team traveled to Batavia, N.Y. to compete in the Genesee Community College Cougar Holiday Classic. On Saturday, the No. 8 Knights faced the hosting Cougars of Genesee Community College. The Knights defeated the Cougars 76-70. With the victory the Knights improved to 10-1 on the season.
The Knights took a 41-29 halftime lead led by Williams’ nine points and eight from Isaac Medeiros (Johnston). The Cougars would not fold in their Holiday Classic though, as they battled back to tie the score 61-61 with 5:35 left in the game. Yarce answered the call for the Knights, scoring a layup and adding two free throws to give CCRI a 65-61 lead with 4:50 left. But with just 1:18 remaining the Knights’ lead was just 69-68. Medeiros answered for the Knights this time with a basket, assisted by Keith Lackerson (Brooklyn, N.Y.). Free throws by Yarce and Lackerson sealed the victory. The victory marks the 100th win at CCRI for head coach Rick Harris.
The Knights were led by Medeiros with a team-high 22 points, to go with eight rebounds, followed by Williams, who added 17 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals. Also helping the Knights was Henry with 11 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots while Yarce added eight points. Perry scored four points with three rebounds.