CCRI hoop squads fall in region tourneys
The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team traveled to New Rochelle, N.Y. to compete in the Region XXI/XV Regional Tournament this past weekend. The No. 3 seed Lady Knights fell to No. 2 seed Monroe 83-70. With the loss, the Lady Knights’ season ends with a 16-9 overall record and 5-2 Record in Region XXI play.
The Lady Knights started the game very well, taking a seven-point lead with 16:06 mark of the first half on a three-pointer from captain Ahnyyah Jackson (Hackensack, N.J.). CCRI extended its lead to 11 points twice, the second time on a fast break layup from captain Allexia Barros (New Bedford, Mass.), making the score 32-21 with 5:44 remaining in the half. However, Monroe went on to close the half with a 15-2 run to take a 36-34 lead into the halftime break.
In the second half the game remained close, with the Mustangs clinging onto a four to six point lead. But with 13:43 remaining CCRI tied the game 46-46 on a layup from Barros. Then CCRI took a two-point lead, 48-46, on another layup from Barros.
Monroe battled back to regain the lead, spurred on by the play of their center Eli Rojas who got hot from inside the paint. Her size was just too much for CCRI to handle, as Monroe took a six-point lead at 58-52 with seven minutes remaining. CCRI once again cut the lead to just two points, 66-64, with 3:10 remaining in the game after two free throws from Amber Edwards (Boston, Mass.). But, like the first half, Monroe was able to close the half, and the game, with an impressive 17-6 run to pull away.
Leading the way for the Lady Knights was Barros with a game-high 21 points, including two three-pointers, 10 rebounds, four steals, a blocked shot and an assist. Jackson added 18 points, including, two three-pointers, with two steals. Also helping CCRI was Amber Edwards with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Jesse Ossian (Chandler, Ariz.) had 11 points, five assists and two rebounds.
Barros ended her CCRI career with 988 career points, No. 2 on the CCRI all-time scoring list behind only Jahira Smith who scored 1,057 from 2011 to 2013. In addition, Barros ended her career as the single season three-point leader with 92 this season. Barros also holds the career three-point record with 156.
Jackson also left her mark in the CCRI record book with 799 career points, ranking her No. 8 all-time. Jackson’s 65 three-pointers this year is the third highest ever in a season. She’s also third on the career three-point list. Barros and Jackson will go down as the most formidable one-two three-point punch in CCRI Lady Knights’ program history.
No. 11 Dean tops CCRI for Region title
The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team traveled to Dean College in Franklin, Mass. to compete in the Region XXI championship game on Saturday. The Knights fell to the No. 11 Bulldogs 82-67. With the loss, the Knights’ season ends with an 18-3 record and 10-6 record in Region XXI play.
Much like the first contest between the Knights and Bulldogs this was a very close game from the start, with Dean taking a small 37-33 lead into halftime. The game remained tight for the beginning of the second half until Bulldogs’ sophomore Captain Keyon Armstrong sank an incredible five consecutive three-pointers to blow the game open midway through the second half.
The Knights never recovered from that barrage as the Bulldogs continued to gain momentum and went on to the win and the region title.
Leading the way for the Knights was captain Anthony Jernigan (East Hartford, Conn.) with 18 points including four three-pointers, four steals and two assists. Captain Anthony Henry (Danbury, Conn.) contributed 15 points with 10 rebounds, and he added three steals and two blocked shots. Captain Pat Marchand (Cranston) added nine points and six rebounds, and captain Rudy Brito (Pawtucket) had seven points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals.
“We played well and followed the game plan,” said CCRI head coach Rick Harris. “Dean’s five three-pointers in a row swung the momentum to their favor and we couldn’t recover from that. I am very proud of the way our team prepared for this game and how well they executed the game plan. Hat’s off to Dean College for a great victory.”