The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team hosted the Bees of Bristol Community College from Fall River, Mass. on Tuesday evening for a Region XXI non-league game. The Knights defeated the Bees 94-69. With the victory, the Knights improved to 17-10 overall and 10-2 in Region XXI play.
The Knights started out fast and kept up that pace throughout the first half, going up by 12 points with the score 20-8 with 12:09 remaining in the half. CCRI increased that lead to 17 points, 38-21 with 5:30 to go and ended the half ahead 47-29.
The second half started much like the first as the Knights increased the lead to 22 points, 60-38 after only five minutes of play. They never looked back from that point, coasting to the win.
The Knights used a balanced scoring attack with 11 players getting into the scoring column and four players scoring in double-figures. Leading the charge was captain Desmond Williams (Torrington, Conn.) with 24 points, four rebounds and three assists, followed by captain Isaac Medeiros (Johnston), who had 16 points and game-high eight rebounds. Also playing very well was Jerome Harris (Hartford, Conn.), scoring 12 points on three three-pointers with seven rebounds and Captain Bryan Yarce (Cranston), who added 10 points, a game-high eight assists and three steals.
“This was a nice, solid performance by the team tonight,” CCRI head coach Rick Harris said. “We played intensely on defense and used that to create easy scoring opportunities. We also shared the ball, as evidenced by our 21 assists. The team is really getting what they’ve been taught all year – playing as a cohesive unit with our talent is going to make us a very tough team to beat.
The Knights will travel to Franklin, Mass. to play Region XXI rival Dean College this Thursday at 6 p.m. in pivotal Region XXI league game. The Lady Knights will face Dean afterwards, at 8 p.m., as part of their annual “Think Pink” breast cancer awareness night.
Lady Knights win 20th of season over Massasoit
The No. 15 CCRI Lady Knights basketball team hosted the Warriors of Massasoit Community College from Brockton, Mass. on Thursday evening. The Lady Knights defeated the Warriors 101-53. With the victory, the Lady Knights improved to 20-3 on the season and 5-0 in Region XXI play.
The Lady Knights began a little sluggishly but clicked into gear about halfway through the first half. Even with the slow start, CCRI took a 20-point lead into halftime up 45-25.
In the second half, the Lady Knights played better and increased their lead before pulling away. In addition, Lady Knights’ captain Jahira Smith (Brooklyn, N.Y.) became the No. 2 scorer on the CCRI all-time scoring list. Smith passed Denise Scott (912) and Claudia DeFaria (916) and now has 918 points for her career total. Smith needs just 39 points to pass Amanda Ward with 956 to become CCRI’s all-time leading scorer.
Smith led the Lady Knights with 21 points, seven assists and seven steals, while Lexi Barros (New Bedford, Mass.) added 20 points, including three three-pointers with seven steals. Also helping CCRI was Ahnyyah Jackson (Hackensack, N.J.), scoring 14 points. Nyjah Porcher (New Britain, Conn.) had 17 points, four rebounds, five assists and two steals and Moe Plummer (Fairfield, Conn.) added 10 points and three steals.
“I thought we came out a little sluggishly,” CCRI head coach Kate Lynch said. “We made some mental mistakes and turned the ball over too much in the opening minutes. We started picking up the intensity with a few minutes left in the first half. Once we got going, we improved on both ends of the floor.”