FROM STAFF REPORTS The CCRI Knights basketball team traveled to Massasoit Community College in Brockton, MA to play the Warriors for a Region XXI league game. The Knights defeated the Warriors …
FROM STAFF REPORTS The CCRI Knights basketball team traveled to Massasoit Community College in Brockton, MA to play the Warriors for a Region XXI league game. The Knights defeated the Warriors 90-80. With the victory CCRI improves to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in Region XXI play.
The Knights were riding a three-game win streak and have also been receiving national attention. CCRI is beginning to receive votes in the latest (11/15/21) NJCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Poll. They have earned that recognition with their only loss being to 70-67 to the No. 3 ranked team in DIII NJCAA Nassau CC in their first game of the season.
This game was a contrast in styles: the size and strength of the Knights squad versus the speed and quickness of the Massasoit squad.
The Knights have many talented big men but in this game Mitchel Noresca (East Providence) and Theo Jadotte (Providence) would be the two bell cows. The Knights took a 48-43 lead into halftime with 28 of those points coming from Noresca and Jadotte who scored 14 points apiece.
The two big men’s efforts were just enough to hold off the relentless attack of the Warriors’ star guard Amari Andrew-Brown who scored 23 of the Warriors’ first half points.
In the second half Noresca led the way again for the Knights with 14 more points and was assisted by Jadotte who added six more points to his total.
The Knights guards also began to get into a bit of a flow as well as Sophomore captain Luke Fusaro (Charlestown) scored six points and RJ Pina (East Providence) added five points. The Knights held the pace with the high-scoring Warriors which allowed them to extend their lead to 10 points as they went on to win by the final score of 90-80 in Brockton, MA.
Leading the way for the Knights was sophomore Noresca with his fifth double-double in five games with a team-high 30 points and 16 rebounds with three assists, two steals and a blocked shot. Jadotte also had a double-double scoring a season-high 20 points with 12 rebounds, an assist and two blocked shots. Pina scored 13 points with, three rebounds and an assist.
Freshman point guard Nelvin Blanco (Cranston) distributed the ball well with six points, seven assists, three steals and two rebounds. Freshman guard Michael Harris (Cranston) helped Blanco of the bench as a playmaker with adding seven assists with two steals, four rebounds and three points. Massasoit’s Amari Andrew-Brown led all scorers in the game with 34 points. Lady Knights top Warriors
The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team traveled to Massasoit Community College in Brockton, MA Tuesday evening to play the always formidable Warriors for a Region XXI showdown. The Lady Knights defeated the Warriors 67-54. With the victory CCRI improves to 3-0 overall and in Region XXI play.
The Lady Knights were riding a two-game winning streak but had the task of playing one of Division III Region XXI’s top teams in the Warriors of Massasoit on their home court.
In addition, the Lady Knights are starting to get recognition nationally as they are receiving votes in the latest (11/15/21) NJCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Poll.
Both teams battled closely in the first quarter with the Warriors taking a 20-19 lead into the first break. The Warriors were paced by freshman guard Sanaya Gray who scored 18 of their 20 points which included four 3-pointers. The Lady Knights relied on a more balanced attack with Maggie Schwab (Narragansett) leading the way with six points and three other players with four points apiece.
In the second quarter CCRI was able to quell the scoring of Gray but the Warriors still made three 3-pointers to keep them close while CCRI got six points from co-captain Michelle Moreno (Providence), four from freshman guard Elizabeth Bruno (Providence), and a 3-pointer from Chloe Rayko (Coventry). CCRI took a 34-33 lead going into halftime.
In the third quarter Lady Knights Head Coach Doug Haynes made some defensive adjustments while the Lady Knights continued playing with a balanced offensive attack which helped CCRI outscore Massasoit 21-6 during that time frame. Holding a tough team like Massasoit to just six points shows how well the Lady Knights were playing defensively. Offensively, Moreno and Bruno led the way with six points and five points respectively while seven CCRI players scored in the third quarter.
The Lady Knights began the fourth quarter with a 55-39 lead and were able to maintain defensive intensity and play evenly with the Warriors which is all they needed to do to secure the 67-54 victory.
Leading the way for the Lady Knights was co-captain Moreno charting a double-double while putting forth team-highs with 18 points, 14 rebounds and six assists and swiped two steals.
Freshman guard Bruno scored 13 points with six rebounds, four assists, and two steals. Schwab scored 12 points with seven rebounds, and three blocked shots. Freshman forward Ashley Lima (Cape Verde) set the tone inside the key with a great defensive effort with a career-high five blocked shots with seven rebounds, four points and an assist.
Sophomore guard Jazlynn DiZoglio (Providence) provided defensive intensity out of the guard position with a game-high four steals. Freshman forward Taylor Enright (West Warwick) contributed with 11 rebounds and six points off the bench while Rayko added seven points including two 3-pointers with two assists. Sanaya Gray from Massasoit led all scorers with 20 points.
The next game for the Lady Knights will be this Saturday when they will host The Naval Academy Prep School at 12 p.m. as part of a doubleheader with the men at the Cullen Fieldhouse in Warwick, RI.
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