Knights dominate Wyverns, stay unbeaten
The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team traveled to Worcester to play the Wyverns of Quinsigamond Community College in a Region XXI non-league game. The Knights defeated the Wyverns 82-51. With the victory, the Knights improved to 17-3 on the season and 7-0 in Region XXI play.
The Knights took control of the game from the opening tip and never really looked back, as they took a 16-point, 37-21 lead into halftime. The game was in stark contrast to their meeting last year, when the Wyverns upset the Knights 77-70. This year, the Knights led by as many as 34 points as they posted their second-highest point-differential of the year with the 31-point victory, behind only a 36-point win, 61-25, over Mercer.
The Knights were led by Desmond Williams (Torrington, Conn.), who scored a game-high 25 points, including three three-pointers on 10 of 16 shooting from the floor, while also adding seven rebounds, five steals, four blocked shots and two assists. Williams was helped by captain Trevor Mabry (Norwich, Conn.), who charted 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Bryan Yarce (Cranston), who added seven points and a season-high 11 assists. Also helping the Knights was Isaac Medeiros (Johnstonwith 10 points and eight rebounds, and frontcourt mate Roger Livramento (Central Falls), who added six points and five rebounds.
The Knights now have many players ranked among the top in the nation statistically by the NJCAA in Division II. Yarce is ranked No. 14 in steals with 2.78 per game and 20th in assists with 5.6 per game. Williams is ranked No. 29 in steals with 2.55 per game and No. 48 in scoring with 17.7 points per game. Livramento is ranked No. 16 in blocked shots with 2.2 blocks per game and 25th in rebounds with 10.1 per game. Jeff Schmeltz (Burrillville) is ranked No. 37 in blocked shots with 1.67 per game, while Mabry is ranked 44th in blocked shots with 1.56 per game. As a team, CCRI is ranked fifth in the nation defensively, allowing just 61.4 points per game.
“I told the team they earned this victory,” head coach Rick Harris said. “We don’t get big victories like this often, but our consistent daily hard work in practice, along with their great togetherness enabled us to have this surprisingly easy night.
The Knights are back in action Saturday, when they travel to Auburn, Maine to play the Mustangs of Central Maine Community College at 2 p.m.
Allen sets two more records
The CCRI indoor track team traveled to Middletown, Conn. to compete in the second Wesleyan Invitational. The Knights won three events, highlighted by the performances of middle-distance runner Bobby Allen Jr. (Cranston) and sprinter Anthony Cox (Brooklyn, N.Y.).
Allen won the mile run in a new CCRI school record of 4:21.91. This was the second time he has broken the mile record this year at a Wesleyan meet, as he previously set the school mark of 4:23.04 in December. His time is also an automatic qualifier for the NJCAA Indoor Nationals. Allen came back and also won the 800m in a school record-time of 2:04.07, narrowly edging the former mark set by Everett LaMountain in 2009 of 2:04.95.
Cox won the 60m dash in an impressive time of 7.08 seconds. Ben Marino (Warwick) placed second in the mile behind Allen, in a time of 5:01.79, while Isaiah Hector (Warwick) placed second in the 800m in a time of 2:21.43. Hector also placed fifth in the mile in a time of 5:12.69. Marciano Brunette (Narragansett) placed fourth in the long jump with a leap of 18 feet 6 inches, and then placed ninth in the 400m run in a time of 56.18. Rounding out the Knights’ competitors was Robert Brothers (Cranston), who placed 12th in the mile in a time of 5:38.30 and placed eighth in the 800m in a time of 2:35.50.
The Knights’ next meet will be this Saturday when they will travel back to Middletown, Conn. to compete in the third Wesleyan Invitational, beginning at 10 a.m.
Knights fall to No. 7 Monroe
The No. 9 CCRI Knights men’s basketball team concluded the 2012 CCRI Basketball Invitational by hosting the powerful No. 7 ranked Division I Mustangs of Monroe College from New Rochelle, N.Y. on Sunday. The Knights lost to the Mustangs 74-55. With the loss, the Knights fell to 16-3 on the season.
In the second half, the Mustangs size and athletic advantage began to show itself, as they were able to extend their lead to 13 points by the 10-minute mark with the score 54-41. Marco Bourgeault helped Monroe extend its lead with his hot shooting from the three-point arc. He made a game-high six three-pointers en route to a game-high 20 points.
Leading the way for the Knights was Williams, who scored a team-high 16 points. Livramento added nine points and eleven rebounds. Also helping the Knights was Mabry with nine points and four rebounds, Yarce with seven points and captain Nick Maglio with five points.
Lady Knights muted by Mustangs
The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team concluded hosting the 2012 CCRI Basketball Invitational on Sunday by hosting the defending national champion and No. 12 Mustangs of Monroe College from New Rochelle, N.Y. The Lady Knights lost to the Mustangs 61-47. With the loss, the Lady Knights fell to 11-8 on the season.
After playing very well on their four-game Florida road trip against top Division I opponents, it seemed as though the Lady Knights would be poised to play the defending champs. The Lady Knights came out of the gates tentatively and never seemed to play with the same passion and enthusiasm they did last week. The Lady Knights found themselves trailing 9-0 quickly and couldn’t recover.
Leading the way for the Lady Knights was Krista Trenholm (Hope Valley), scoring 12 points with eight rebounds. Helping Trenholm was Jess Randall (Warwick), who also scored 12 points,and Moe Plummer (Fairfield, Conn.), who scored nine points. Rounding out the Lady Knights contributors were captain Jahira Smith (Norwich, Conn.) with seven points, six rebounds and five assists and Nyjah Porcher (New Britain, Conn.) with five points.
The Lady Knights are back in action this Saturday, when they will host the Colts of Orange County Community College from Middletown, N.Y. at 1 p.m. at the Vincent A. Cullen Fieldhouse.
Randall leads Lady Knights over Genesee
The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team began play in the 2012 CCRI Basketball Invitational on Saturday by hosting the Cougars of Genesee Community College from Batavia, N.Y. The Lady Knights defeated the Cougars 74-55.
The Lady Knights and Cougars battled back-and-forth in the first part of the first half. The Lady Knights were able to pull away in the final 10 minutes of the half to take a 42-29 lead. The Lady Knights were led by Randall, who scored 14 of her game-high 24 points in the first half. In the second half, the Lady Knights continued to control the tempo of the game and extended their lead to as many as 21 points.
Randall charted her third double-double of the year, scoring the 24 points to go with 11 rebounds. Randall shot an impressive 69 percent from the floor, including a perfect 3-3 from behind the three-point arc, as well as 3-3 from the free throw line. Also playing well for CCRI was Ashley Welly (Coral Springs, Fla.), had 12 points and a game-high 15 rebounds. Smith added 18 points. Rounding out the Lady Knights top performers was Porcher with six points and seven rebounds, and Trenholm, who added five points and 10 rebounds.