NAPS hands Knights tough one-point loss
The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team hosted the Rams of the Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS) last night at the Cullen Fieldhouse. The Knights came up one point short of a victory against the hot shooting Rams, losing 64-63.
CCRI and Navy Prep battled back and forth as the game began, with NAPS getting most of their first half points in the paint including 11 points from Enuoma Edinum. However the Knights got 12 from their All-American Desmond Williams (Torrington, Conn.) to take a five-point lead into halftime 28-23.
The second half was much different for Navy Prep, as they sank seven three-pointers, four of them by guard Kyle Quintana, to give it a five-point lead 62-57 lead late in the game. Once again, the Knights’ Williams took over making a three and getting fouled for a four-point play with 22.6 seconds left, narrowing the NAPS lead to 62-61. NAPS made two foul shots to increase the lead to 64-61, and Jerome Harris (Hartford, Conn.) rushed down the court and made a floater with 13.6 left, once again cutting the lead to one point at 64-63. With under ten seconds on the clock, NAPS was able to inbound the ball to Quintana who was fouled with just 2.6 remaining. He missed the front end of the one-and-one which was rebounded by Williams, but his last second desperation attempt missed the mark and the game ended in a one-point CCRI loss.
The Knights were led Williams, who scored a game-high 28 points while captain Isaac Medeiros (Johnston) had eight points and nine rebounds. Also helping the Knights was Pat Marchand (Cranston) with 10 points, Jerome Harris with six points and Chris Light (Derry, N.H.) added five points.
“I told the young men following our tough loss tonight that we have hit a wall,” CCRI head coach Rick Harris said. “Our goal is to get a little bit better each day and for the last couple of days and games that has not been the case. This is typical in a thirty-game regular season. We will find a way as a team to make that happen and look to finish strong as we get into important region games over the last five games of the regular season.”
All 12 Knights score while defeating STCC
The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team traveled to Springfield, Mass. to play the Rams of Springfield Technical Community College for a Region XXI non-league game. CCRI defeated the Rams 95-54. With the victory, the Knights improved top 16-10 overall and 9-2 in Region XXI play.
The Knights jumped out to a 19-4 lead within the first five minutes of the game, which they extended to 42-25 by halftime. The Knights exploded with a 13-0 run to start the second half and never looked back, outscoring the Rams 53-29 in the second stanza to cruise to the win.
Williams scored 25 points with eight rebounds and Harris added 18 points. The Knights had a strong inside power play from Medeiros, who finished with 16 points and nine rebounds two steals and Bryan Yarce (Cranston) had seven points while dishing out a game-high eight assists. Rob Hazard (North Providence) got the start and added nine points, including two three-pointers. As a team, the Knights shot 42-percent from long range.
"Nice team effort tonight,” Rick Harris said. “We played with urgency and passion, and got a little bit better tonight as a team. The young men understand the importance of each practice and game at this point in the season. We want to make sure we do all we can to become the best team that we are capable of being.”
Barboza sets new CCRI 60m hurdles record at URI
The CCRI Knights indoor track team traveled to the University of Rhode Island to compete in the URI Coaches Tribute Invitational on Saturday. The CCRI men’s team placed 9th out of 11 teams, scoring teams with 15 points and the University of Rhode Island men’s team won the meet with 193 total team points.
Bobby Allen (Cranston) won the 3,000 in a season-best time of 8:33.4 seconds. His time puts him at No. 2 on the NJCAA indoor track performance list behind Tahir Chakisso from Iowa Central CC at 8:32.37. Jumper Steven Vazquez (Central Falls) placed fourth in the high jump with a 1.89m effort. Jordan Barboza (Warwick) had a fine meet, placing 19th in the high jump with a season-best leap of 1.84m. Barboza came back to place 20th in the 60 meter hurdles with a CCRI record time of 9.12 seconds. He followed that by running with his teammates Vazquez, Daniel Duquette (North Attleboro, Mass.) and Carlos Diaz (Smithfield) in the 4x400 relay, placing 11th in a time of 3:34.14.
Duquette returned to place 15th in the 800, with his second-best time of the season of 2:00.36. Sprinter Ryan Rotondo (Cranston) placed 17th in the 60 dash with a time of 7.45 seconds. For the Lady Knights, Olivia Emerick (Cranston) ran the 400, placing 27th in a time of 1:06.27.
The next meet for the Knights will be this Friday and Saturday when they travel to Boston University to compete in the BU Valentine’s Day Invitational. The meet begins 2 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday.
Lady Knights muzzled by Mustangs
The No. 8 CCRI Lady Knights basketball team traveled to New Rochelle, N.Y. to play defending the national champion Mustangs of Monroe College. The Lady Knights lost to the Mustangs 94-75. With the loss, the Lady Knights fell to 19-3 on the season.
Saturday was just not the Lady Knights’ day, as Monroe started hot and the Lady Knights came out a bit flat. That was all the high-powered Mustangs needed, as they took a 19-point lead into halftime, with the score 52-33. The Lady Knights played the Mustangs even in the second half, but could not cut into the Monroe lead. The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for CCRI.
Leading the way for the Lady Knights was captain Jahira Smith (Brooklyn, N.Y.) with a game-high 25 points, with seven steals and six rebounds. Smith’s 25 points gives her 897 for her career and moves her to No. 4 on the CCRI all-time scoring list. With five regular season games remaining and the postseason as well, she has a very good chance to be the first Lady Knight to eclipse the 1,000 point mark.
Also playing well for then Lady Knights was Moe Plummer (Fairfield, Conn.) with 19 points on an impressive 8-of-11 from the floor and Ahnyyah Jackson (Hackensack, N.J.), who added 11 points. Rounding out the Lady Knights’ top performers was Lexi Barros (New Bedford, Mass.) with nine points, five assists and five rebounds and Nyjah Porcher (New Britain, Conn.) with eight points and 10 rebounds.
"We did a lot of uncharacteristic things today, including missing 17 free throws,” CCRI head coach Kate Lynch said. “We missed crucial box outs, we made mental errors on the defensive end, our execution was poor. When you play a team like Monroe, you can't do those things and expect to win. Hopefully we bounce back and learn from this. It is better to learn now than in a month."