The No. 11 CCRI Lady Knights basketball team hosted the Pointers of the University of Connecticut at Avery Point (UCAP) for a Region XXI non-league game on Thursday night at the Vincent A. Cullen Fieldhouse. The Lady Knights defeated UCAP 107-32. With the victory, the Lady Knights won their fifth in a row, running their record to 12-1 overall and a perfect 4-0 in Region XXI play.
The Lady Knights came ready to play on Thursday and it showed. CCRI jumped out to a quick 10-point lead a few minutes into the game and never looked back. The Lady Knights took a 50-16 lead into halftime. In the second half, played mostly by the CCRI reserves, the Lady Knights continued to play very well as the extended the lead and ultimately won by the score of 107-32.
The game also marked the ninth time in 13 games that the Lady Knights eclipsed the 100-point mark. As a team, the Lady Knights are at the top of the NJCAA in many statistical categories.
Leading the way for the Lady Knights was Ahnyyah Jackson (Hackensack, N.J.) who came off the bench to score a game-high 23 points, including two three-pointers with three steals and two assists. Captain Jess Randall (Warwick) scored 16 points with seven rebounds and four steals. Also helping the Lady Knights was captain Jahira Smith (Brooklyn N.Y.) with 15 points, nine rebounds and five assists, Lexi Barros (New Bedford, Mass.) with 13 points, including three three-pointers and seven steals and Nyjah Porcher (New Britain, Conn.), who had 10 points with eight rebounds. Rounding out the CCRI attack was Moe Plummer (Fairfield, Conn.) with 11 points, including two three-pointers with three assists, Lindsey Nash (Manchester, Conn.), with nine points, seven rebounds, three steals and two assists, Treedy Ward (Boynton Beach, Fla.) with eight points, five rebounds and two assists and Jenna Ayala (Paterson, N.J.), who ripped down seven rebounds and had two blocked shots.
“We have been concentrating on two parts of our game that we need to improve on in order to be successful especially with our two games in Florida next week.,” CCRI head coach Kate Lynch said. “I thought we did a great job with those two things. We got a lot of contributions off of our bench tonight (56 points). We shot well from the floor and executed well offensively.”
The Lady Knights are off until Dec. 28 when they will travel to Lake Worth, Fla. to play in the Palm Beach State Tournament versus top-flight Division I opponents. On Friday they will face Northwest College from Powell, Wyoming at 2 p.m. and the next day they will face Louisiana State University-Eunice from Eunice, La. at 2 p.m.
Knights outlast Gateway
The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team hosted the Lions of Gateway Community College from New Haven, Conn. for a Region XXI non-league game on Wednesday night at the Vincent A. Cullen Fieldhouse. The Knights defeated the Lions 81-71. With the victory, the Knights improved to 9-4 on the season and 5-2 in Region XXI play.
The Knights ended the semester on a high note by defeating a very tough Gateway CC team that came into the game with an impressive 6-1 record. It was an up-and-down game, as the Knights got many leads but the Lions kept roaring back. The Knights jumped out to a 15-point lead early in the half before Gateway was able to cut the lead to six points with about five minutes left in the half. The Knights would close out the half outscoring the Lions by nine points to take a comfortable 42-27 lead into the break.
The Knights quickly extended their lead to 21 points by starting the second half with a 9-2 run. However, Gateway would not go quietly, as it used timely three-point shooting to cut the Knights’ lead to 10 points with about five minutes remaining in the game. However, the Knights withstood the Gateway pressure to hold on.
Leading the way for the Knights was captain Desmond Williams (Torrington, Conn.) scoring a team-high 22 points with six rebounds, four assists, two steals and a blocked shot. Captain Bryan Yarce (Cranston) had 13 points and a game-high seven assists and two steals. Also helping the Knights was captain Isaac Medeiros (Johnston), charting a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Freshman guard Jerome Harris (Hartford, Conn.) added 12 points and five rebounds.
“Nice way to wrap-up the first semester,” CCRI head coach Rick Harris said. “Having played 10 road games we will gladly take our 9-4 record. Our guys have progressed very nicely and are coming together beautifully as a team. They will get a much-needed break before we get back together later next week and travel to Florida.
The Knights next games will be on Saturday and Sunday when they travel to Lake Worth Florida to play two games versus two top-tier Division I opponents.
First, they will face 13-3 State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota and then they will face No. 6 (NJCAA DI poll), 15-0 Palm Beach State College, who are led by URI transfer Jonathon Holton.