The No. 11 ranked CCRI Knights men’s basketball team traveled to New Haven, Conn. to play the 15-3 Lions of Gateway Community College a Region XXI non-league game. The Knights defeated the Lions 96-81. With the victory, the Knights improved to 21-4 on the season and 8-1 in Region XXI play. With just five more wins, the Knights will tie a program record for victories in a season with 26.
It was another exciting interdivisional match-up between top-20 teams from Region XXI. Both teams traded baskets for the first half, as CCRI used their superior athleticism to score from the inside and the outside while the Lions utilized hot three-point shooting with eight long-range bombs made in the first half to stay in the game. CCRI went into the break with a slim 48-46 lead.
In the second half, the Knights came out in their trademark 1-3-1 half-court trap to slow down the Lions’ hot shooting. The strategy worked, as Gateway seemed confused with the new defense, allowing the Knights to outscore the Lions 25-15 in the second half to take a 73-61 lead with 9:15 remaining in the game. From there, the Knights took advantage of their superior inside strength to stay ahead and secure the win.
Leading the way for the Knights was Roger Livramento (Central Falls), who charted his ninth double-double of the season with a career-high 30 points and a game-high 18 rebounds. Desmond Williams (Torrington, Conn.) scored 25 points with 11 rebounds. Also putting up a double-double was Trevor Mabry (Norwich, Conn.) with 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Bryan Yarce (Cranston) ran the offense flawlessly, scoring seven points while dishing out a career-high tying 11 assists. Rounding out the Knights’ attack was Isaac Medeiros (Johnston), who chipped in with six points while pulling down 14 rebounds, and Branden Barbosa (East Providence), who added eight points and four rebounds.
The Knights are back in action today at 7 p.m. when they will host the No. 14 Warriors of Massasoit Community College from Brockton, Mass. in an important Region XXI league game. The game will also be taped for Cox Sports 3 and will air Thursday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. on channels 3 and 1003 on Cox Cable in Rhode Island. In addition, after the initial airing, the game will be available via Cox On Demand.
Lady Knights’ rally, but fall to Monroe
The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team traveled to New Rochelle, N.Y. to take on the defending national champion and No. 12 Monroe College Mustangs. CCRI fell to the Mustangs 75-69. With the loss, the Lady Knights dropped to 14-10 on the season.
CCRI came out flat in the first five minutes of the game, trailing 17-4 to the Mustangs.
“We came out flat,” CCRI head coach Kate Lynch said. “That is something we talked about. We simply cannot do that against a team like Monroe … we can’t do that period.”
After a timeout, the Lady Knights rallied to pull within five points. CCRI trailed 43-34 at halftime.
In the second half, the Lady Knights pulled within four points with seven minutes remaining. CCRI outscored the Mustangs in the second half, but it was not enough as the Mustangs held on.
Captain Jahira Smith (Norwich, Conn.) led all scorers with 26 points and she also had eight rebounds and five assists. Smith was helped by Krista Trenholm (Hope Valley), who finished with 16 points and nine rebounds, and Jess Randall (Warwick), who finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Rounding out the Lady Knights’ top performers was Jenna Ayala (Paterson, N.J.) with six points and six rebounds, while Nyjah Porcher (New Britain, Conn.) dished out eight assists with six rebounds.
The Lady Knights’ next game will be on Saturday when they will host the Cougars from Manchester Community College for a Region XXI non-league game.
Lady Knights sink Navy Prep
The CCRI Lady Knights’ basketball team traveled to Newport to take on the Rams of the Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS). CCRI came away with a 64-39 victory.
The Lady Knights shot only 32 percent from the floor, but still led 29-13 at halftime after a 5-0 run to close the half by NAPS. The Lady Knights’ shooting woes continued in the second half. CCRI concentrated on attacking the basket and getting to the rim.
“Our basket felt like it had a lid on the rim,” Lynch said. “We could not buy a basket. A lot of our shots went in and out. It was frustrating, but we battled through it.”
The Lady Knights were led by captain Lauren Masse (Woonsocket), who finished with 17 points with five three-pointers. Helping Masse was Ashley Welly (Coral Springs, Fla.), who recorded 13 points and 13 rebounds. Trenholm chipped in with 13 points and eight rebounds, Ayala grabbed 12 rebounds and Smith added seven points, nine assists and six rebounds.
“When you’re having trouble hitting from the outside, you have to get to the rim and make a play,” Lynch said.