The No. 13 CCRI Knights men’s basketball team battled through the snow to travel to Auburn, Maine and play the Mustangs of Central Maine Community College on Saturday. The Knights defeated the Mustangs 69-48. With the victory, the Knights improved to 18-3 on the season.
It took the Knights most of the first half to adjust to the boisterous Mustangs’ crowd and the scrappy actions of the Mustangs’ players. However, the Knights did go into halftime with a slim 32-26 lead. In the second half of a physical game, the Knights used the physicality to their advantage to go on an 11-0 run to begin the second half and take a 43-26 lead. The Knights utilized full-court pressure defense to fuel their run. The defensive pressure, combined with a two three-pointers by Desmond Williams (Torrington, Conn.) helped build up the Knights’ lead to 20 points at 50-30 with just 13:32 remaining. From there, the Knights coasted to the victory.
The Knights were led by Williams, who scored a game-high 19 points on 7 of 14 shooting from the floor and 4 of 6 from behind the three-point arc, and Roger Livramento (Central Falls) who added 15 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Also playing well for the Knights was Isaac Medeiros (Johnston), scoring eight points with six rebounds and two blocked shots, and Bryan Yarce (Cranston), who had three points while dishing out eight assist and swiping three steals. Rounding out the Knights’ top performers was Co-Captain Trevor Mabry (Norwich, Conn.) who added seven points, seven rebounds and a blocked shot and Keith Lackerson (Brooklyn, N.Y.), who added six points, five steals and three rebounds.
“Tough day for our young men,” CCRI head coach Rick Harris said. “Actually our hats are off to our bus driver Glen from MDT for safely transporting us to and from the game through the snowy conditions. Basketball-wise we needed to be on guard throughout this game for Central Maine’s rough and sometimes dirty tactics. Overall, our guys did a commendable job. The game itself once again showed our capabilities when we focus on defense and playing team ball. These two things give us a chance to become the team we hope to be.”
The Knights’ next game will be today at 7 p.m. when they will host the No. 3 (NJCAA D-III Poll) Tigers of Roxbury Community College from Roxbury, Mass. at the Vincent A. Cullen Fieldhouse.