The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team hosted the Pointers of the University of Connecticut at Avery Point for their home opener on Tuesday. The Knights defeated the Pointers 92-55. With the victory the Knights improved to 3-2 on the season and 1-1 in Region XXI play.
After getting off to a slow start, the Knights found themselves trailing 6-5 five minutes into the game. From there, the Knights heated up and went on a 12-3 run over the next five minutes and never looked back. The Knights went into halftime leading 47-22. In the second half, the Knights kept up their fast pace and outscored the Pointers 45-33 to coast to the win.
Leading the way for the Knights was freshman guard Rob Hazard (North Providence) with 15 points, including two 3-pointers, while adding five assists.
Captain Isaac Medeiros (Johnston) added 14 points with five assists. The Knights three other starters also played very well, led by Jerome Harris (Hartford, Conn.) with 11 points, two steals and a blocked shot. Captain Bryan Yarce (Cranston) led the Knights with a game-high seven assists to go with three steals and five points while Pat Marchand (Cranston) added a team-high eight rebounds. Rounding out the Knights attack was Flavio Barros (Woonsocket) who scored 10 points on a perfect 4-for-4 from the field and 2-for-2 on free throws, plus four rebounds, and Elijah Okagbare (Bourne, Mass.), who added nine points with four rebounds.
“Nice team victory tonight for our young men,” CCRI head coach Rick Harris said. “They deserve this kind of night due to their hard work in practice along with outstanding team play. We can now enjoy the next few days with our first families for Thanksgiving.”
The Knights return to action Saturday the 24th when they will travel to Middletown, N.Y. to play the Colts of Orange County Community College at 1 p.m.
No. 6 Lady Knights shoot to No. 16 in NJCAA Poll
The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team is off this week, however they received some excellent news on the national scene. After going a perfect 6-0 in the first six games and 1-0 in Region XXI play, the team’s hard work was rewarded with a No. 16 national ranking in the latest NJCAA Division II women’s basketball poll. To view the poll, please go to: http://www.njcaa.org/.
The No. 16 ranked Lady Knights will face No. 1 ranked Johnson County CC on Saturday, Dec. 1 in their home opener at 2 p.m. for what should be one of the most exciting women’s basketball games to be played in Rhode Island this year. All Lady Knights’ home games are played at the Vincent A. Cullen Fieldhouse located on the CCRI Knight Campus in Warwick and admission is always free.