The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team traveled to Haverhill, Mass. to play the Knights of Northern Essex Community College in a Region XXI non-league game on Tuesday. The Knights of CCRI defeated the Northern Essex Knights 84-70. With the victory, CCRI improved to 7-4 on the season and 3-2 in Region XXI play.
Knights’ captain Isaac Medeiros (Johnston) had his best game as a CCRI Knight.
Medeiros charted a monster double-double with game highs in both points – 28 – and rebounds – 15 – to lead CCRI.
CCRI jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead to start the game and closed the first half with an 18-6 run to go into halftime leading 47-35. CCRI rode the hot shooting of Medeiros, who had 15 of his 28 points in the first half. He had help in the first half from Rob Hazard (North Providence) and captain Desmond Williams (Torrington, Conn.) who each scored 11 points.
CCRI utilized multiple pressure defenses to build its lead up to 22 points with the score 61-39 just five minutes in to the second half. Northern Essex would not go quietly, though, as they chipped away at the lead to get it down to 13 points 76-63 with just 2:43 remaining in the game. CCRI closed the game with an 8-7 run, however, to get the win.
Williams finished with 19 points, including four three-pointers, four assists and a blocked shot. Also helping CCRI was Hazard with 13 points and three assists and captain Bryan Yarce (Cranston) with eight points, four assists and two steals.
“We continued to show improvement on both offense and defense tonight,” CCRI head coach Rick Harris said. “The team has responded well to this stretch of four games in six days.”
The Knights next game will be Saturday when they travel to Charlestown, Mass. to play the Bulldogs of Bunker Hill Community College at 6 p.m. for another Region XXI non-league game.
Williams’ 31 helps Knights nip Niagara
The CCRI men’s basketball team concluded its play in the Genesee Community College Cougar Classic by playing the Thunderwolves of Niagara County Community College on Sunday. The Knights defeated the Thunderwolves 77-73.
After a hardfought overtime loss to the hosting Cougars, the Knights were able to quickly re-group. The Knights were paced by Williams, who scored a season-high 31 points to go with five steals. Williams’ backcourt mate Yarce returned to the Knights’ lineup to dish out a game-high seven assists to help lead the Knights to victory. CCRI led 38-32 at the half and never trailed in the second half as they went on to win by the final score of 77-73.
Williams was 13-14 from the free throw line, with five steals, five rebounds and three assists. Also helping the Knights was Medeiros, who had eight points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots. Captain Steve Bevilacqua (Exeter) added eight points, including two three-pointers, Jerome Harris (Hartford, Conn.) had eight points, also with two three-pointers and Hazard added six points with two three-pointers.
“Our best team defensive effort of the season today,” Harris said. “It was nice to see our gang playing as one cohesive unit.”
No. 13 Lady Knights cruise past Cougars
The No. 13 CCRI Lady Knights basketball team concluded their play in the Genesee Community College Cougars Classic on Sunday by playing the Cougars of Genesee CC. The Lady Knights easily handled the Cougars 105-47. With the victory, CCRI improved to 10-1 on the season.
The Lady Knights finished 2-0 in the Genesee Cougar Classic by defeating the host team easily. CCRI never trailed in the game, going in to the half with a score of 66-19. In the second half, the Lady Knights cruised.
The Lady Knights were led by Lexi Barros (New Bedford, Mass.) who charted her first double-double with 16 points and a career-high 10 assists to go with a game-high seven steals. Captain Jahira Smith (Brooklyn, N.Y.) scored 16 points and Lindsey Nash (Manchester, Conn.) had her best game in a Lady Knights’ uniform, scoring 16 points with five rebounds and five assists. Also helping CCRI was Nyjah Porcher (New Britain, Conn.) with her seventh double-double of the year, which was 14 points and 11 rebounds. Captain Jess Randall (Warwick) had 15 points, four rebounds and two assists and Jenna Ayala (Paterson, N.J.) added six points, eight rebounds and a career-high four blocked shots.
Lady Knights topple Thunderwolves
The No. 13 CCRI Lady Knights basketball team traveled to Batavia, N.Y. over the weekend to play in the Genesee Community College Cougar Classic. The first game for CCRI was versus the Thunderwolves of Niagara County Community College in Sanborn, N.Y. The Lady Knights defeated the Thunderwolves 100-35.
The Thunderwolves took an early lead, but CCRI took over the game midway through the first half and never looked back. he Lady Knights led 45-20 by halftime and put the pedal to the floor in the second half to win by the comfortable margin.
Leading the way for the Lady Knights was Barros, who scored a career-high 27 points, including an impressive 6-of-7 from beyond the three-point arc while adding seven assists, four steals and four rebounds. Smith had 17 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals. Also playing well for the Lady Knights was Porcher, who had 10 points and a game-high 16 rebounds and two assists.
Ahnyyah Jackson (Hackensack, N.J.) added 16 points, five assists and four steals. Rounding out the CCRI attack was Moe Plummer (Fairfield, Conn.) with eight points, five steals and four assists and Ayala with eight points, seven rebounds and two steals.