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WAY UP HIGH: CCRI's Jess Randall rises up for a jumper on the block during a game against Genesee.
CCRI Knights’ basketball player Desmond Williams (Torrington, Conn.) has been named NJCAA Division II men’s basketball Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 1
An excerpt from the NJCAA official site says: Williams came up big for the Knights on their road trip last week. The freshman scored 22 points and snagged seven steals defensively in CCRI’s 71-63 win over Nassau CC (N.Y.). In the Knights’ 76-53 victory over Suffolk CCC (N.Y.), Williams totaled 21 points, five rebounds and six assists. Williams and the Knights have the week off and will pick things back up Tuesday at Gateway CC (Conn.).
Allen breaks another school record
The CCRI indoor track team traveled to Boston, Mass., to compete in the Boston University Terrier Invitational on Saturday, and for the third time this season, Bobby Allen (Cranston) broke CCRI’s mile record.
Allen proved himself in a field that included some of the best runners in the northeast. He placed 12th out of 143 men in the mile in a time of four minutes, 11.79 seconds. That broke his previous record by more than 10 seconds. Allen is now ranked No. 1 on the NJCAA Division III performance rankings by Direct Athletics. He ran the second-fastest time among all freshmen at the invitational.
The Knights had several other competitors who ran well. Anthony Cox (Brooklyn, N.Y.) placed 48th in the 60m dash in a time of 7.28 seconds; Isaiah Hector (Warwick) placed 53rd in the 500m run in a time of 1:11.07; Marciano Brunette (Narragansett) placed 103rd in the 400m dash; Steve Bell (Warwick) placed 111th in the 40; and Ben Marino (Warwick) finished 129th in the mile. All those performances were some of the best of the season for CCRI.
Randall’s 34 lifts Lady Knights over Nassau
Warwick’s Jess Randall scored a career-high 34 points to lead the CCRI women’s basketball team to a 75-62 road victory over previously unbeaten Nassau Community College on Saturday.
The Lady Knights started fast, building a 17-point first-half lead. Nassau made it nine at halftime, but CCRI out-scored the Lions by four in the second half to get the win.
Randall shot 60 percent from the field and hit three three-pointers. Her 34 points were the most scored by a Lady Knight all season.
Co-captain Jahira Smith (Norwich, Conn.) added 15 points to go along with six assists, six steals, and five rebounds while Moe Plummer (Fairfield, Conn.) chipped in with 14 points, three assists, four steals, and three rebounds. Rounding out CCRI’s top contributors were Jenna Ayala (Paterson, N.J.), who had six points while pulling down a team-high 10 rebounds with two steals and Nyjah Porcher (New Britain, Conn.), who scored just three points but dished-out seven assists with nine rebounds and three steals.
“We had a really balanced effort today,” said head coach Kate Lynch. “It was certainly a game of runs. We were able to convert on the offensive end today. We did a very good job keeping our intensity level up. Nassau made some big runs in both halves. We were able to weather their runs.”
Balanced attack carries Knights to 20th win
The CCRI men’s basketball team traveled to Seldon, N.Y., to play the Sharks of Suffolk County Community College and came away with a 76-53 victory. It’s the 20th win of the season for the Knights, who improved to 20-4.
The Knights picked up where they had left off on Saturday, when they put together a comeback win over Nassau Community College. After the first 10 minutes of play against Suffolk, the Knights had jumped out to a 23-9 lead.
The Knights played inspired defense while offensively pounding the ball into their big forward Roger Livramento (Central Falls), who had 17 first-half points on perfect 8-of-8 shooting. Livramento helped lead the Knights to a 45-26 halftime lead.
In the second half the Knights complemented the inside attack of Livramento with the outside shooting prowess of Desmond Williams (Torrington, Conn.), who shot 8-of-18 from the floor and made three three-pointers. The inside/outside tandem of Williams’ 21 points and Livramento’s 23 points was too much for Suffolk to overcome as CCRI cruised to the comfortable 76-53 victory.
Livramento added a game-high 12 rebounds to finish with a double-double. Williams had six assists to go with his 21 points.
Also for the Knights, Isaac Medeiros (Johnston) charted a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, Chris Canino (Hartford, Conn.) added six points and nine rebounds, and Bryan Yarce (Cranston) added five points, nine assists and three steals.
“Solid weekend for us,” said head coach Rick Harris. “Any time you can go on the road and win back-to-back games you are pleased. Most importantly we played inspired team ball both defensively and offensively. It makes our job as coaches much easier when that is the case.”
Knights score final 16 points to nail Nassau
CCRI trailed by eight with just 3:47 left in Saturday’s game against Nassau, but scored the final 16 points to win 71-63.
Intense defensive pressure set the stage for the comeback, and CCRI got within three on a 25-foot three-pointer by Williams. Livramento hit a free throw to tie the game with 1:59 left, and CCRI closed the game with eight more points in a row.
Leading the way for the Knights was their backcourt tandem of Williams and Yarce. Williams scored a game-high 22 points while causing havoc in the backcourt with a game-high seven steals. Yarce scored a career-high 16 points while adding six assists and swiping three steals of his own.
Also helping the Knights was Medeiros, who had 11 points, five rebounds and two blocked shots. Canino and Livramento both contributed nine rebounds while Keith Lackerson (Brooklyn, N.Y.) stepped up in a big way in his return to the New York area with nine points, six rebounds and three blocked shots.