The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team hosted the Wyverns of Quinsigamond Community College from Worcester, Mass. on Tuesday for a Region XXI non-league game and the Knights defeated Quinsigamond 89-65. With the victory, the Knights improved to 12-8 overall and 7-2 in Region XXI play. In addition sophomore captain Desmond Williams (Torrington, Conn.) vaulted himself into the No. 7 spot on the CCRI all-time scoring list.
The Knights came out with intense defensive pressure Tuesday night and used it to break open a 13-9 game after five minutes of play. They increased their lead to 32-19 with 6:40 remaining in the first half. The Knights were sparked by sophomore guard Rob Alers (Central Falls), who scored 11 first-half points to help the Knights go on a 21-12 run to close out the first half and go into the break with a 53-31 lead.
The second half was more of the same as the Knights’ depth proved too much for the visiting Wyverns from Worcester. Though Quinsigamond had two with 12 points apiece, they were no match for CCRI, which had 15 steals on the game and eight blocked shots while forcing 26 Quinsigamond turnovers.
Offensively, CCRI had five players record double-digit scoring efforts, led captain Isaac Medeiros (Johnston) with 20 points along with 10 rebounds. Williams scored 17 points with eight rebounds, four assists, four steals and two blocked shots. He came into the game with 1,029 career points, so the 17 points brings his career total 1,046. He moved ahead of Bob Brooks (1,032 points), Greg Simoneau (1,036 points), current CCRI assistant coach Pat Dame (1,040 points) and Doug Haynes (1,043 points) on the all-time scoring list. Williams needs just 10 points to tie No. 6 Rob Singleton (1,056 points) and 12 points to tie No. 5 Ken McDonald (1,058 points).
Co-captain Bryan Yarce (Cranston) added 13 points and seven assists. Also helping the Knights was Pat Marchand (Cranston) with 12 points, four rebounds and three blocked shots.
The Knights’ next game will be Saturday when they will travel to New York, N.Y. to play the Division I Knights of Globe Institute of Technology at 2 p.m.
Lady Knights defeat defending champ Monroe
The No. 13 CCRI Lady Knights basketball team hosted the No. 15 ranked defending national champion Monroe College Mustangs form New Rochelle, N.Y. in their final game of the CCRI basketball Invitational. The Lady Knights defeated the Mustangs 75-73 in overtime. With the victory the Lady Knights improve to 16-2 on the season.
In a game that has been marked on both teams’ calendars since they last played in March, both teams were prepared for a fierce battle. Monroe struck the first blow as it jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead. However, the Lady Knights showed tremendous resilience to come back and take a 10-8 lead at the 12:30 mark of the first half. The Lady Knights went on to take a 20-15 lead by the 8:45 mark of the first half. However, the battle-tested Mustangs were up to the task, as they closed the gap to one point going into the break trailing 31-30.
In the second half, once again, Monroe came out firing and took a 51-43 lead with 12:17 left in the game. The Lady Knights closed the gap to three points 51-48 after a Lexi Barros (New Bedford, Mass.) three-point play with 11 minutes left.
With a 64-62 lead, Monroe had the ball and was on a fastbreak attempting to extend the lead, but Ahnyyah Jackson (Hackensack, N.J.) made an excellent defensive play as she took a charge from an oncoming Jasmine McRoy to give the Lady Knights that ball back with a chance to tie the game. With 1:22 showing on the clock Barros used her creativity to dribble-drive past her defender and release a floater over the Monroe frontcourt defenders to tie the game 64-64.
Both teams had chances to close out the game and the final opportunity for CCRI came with 30.3 remaining on the game clock and 30 on the shot. They drew up a play for captain Jahira Smith (Brooklyn, N.Y.) who went one-on-one with one of the larger Mustang defenders and was able to get a turnaround jumper off with three seconds left that rattled in-and-out.
As overtime began, Monroe once again delivered another body blow as it scored the first six points to take a 70-64 lead with 3:09 remaining. It was gut-check time for the Lady Knights – and they answered. Jackson and Barros both went 2-for-2 from the free throw line to cut the lead to two points with 2:43 left, and Jenna Ayala (Paterson, N.J.) sank a baseline jumper with 2:00 left to tie the game 70-70. Jackson would make two more free throws to give CCRI a 72-70 lead with 1:22 left. Barros also scored to give CCRI a 74-70 lead with less than a minute left in OT. Monroe guard Jasmine McRoy sank a tough contested 3-pointer with 3.7 second left to cut the Lady Knights lead to one point 74-73.
The Lady Knights were able to get the ball in-bounds afterwards to Barros who was subsequently fouled with a second left and made one of two free throws to give the Lady Knights a 75-73 lead and they hung on.
Leading the way for the Lady Knights was Barros with 22 points and four steals and Jackson with 18 points, including an impressive 9-for-9 from the free-throw line. Also helping CCRI was Smith, with 14 points, four rebounds, three assist and two steals. The two steals for Smith give her 201 steals for her career, and she is the only Lady Knight to ever get 200 steals.
Also helping the Lady Knights was Nyjah Porcher (New Britain Conn.) with eight points and 18 rebounds, Moe Plummer (Fairfield, Conn.) with seven points and Ayala, who added four points – including the game-tying shot in overtime – and nine rebounds
"This team has been through a lot of adversity especially over the last few weeks,” CCRI head coach Kate Lynch said. “What they have shown us is truly remarkable. They have such heart, passion and a great work ethic. Through it all, they've kept their heads held high and have kept on plugging away. They are a gifted group of young ladies. They have a goal in mind and will do anything and everything to reach it."
The Next game for the Lady Knights will be Saturday when they host the Colts of Orange County Community College from Middletown, N.Y. at 1 p.m.
No. 13 ranked Lady Knights Knockout Cougars 108-48!
The No. 13 CCRI Lady Knights basketball team hosted the 2013 CCRI basketball invitational over the weekend at the Vincent A. Cullen Fieldhouse. On Saturday the Lady Knights faced the Cougars of Genesee Community College from Batavia, N.Y. The Lady Knights easily defeated the Cougars 108-48.
Four new indoor track records set at Wesleyan Invite
The CCRI indoor track team traveled to Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn. to compete in the Wesleyan Invite II. It was a banner day for the Knights, as four new CCRI records were set in just their second meet of the season.
Middle-distance runner Daniel Duquette (North Attleboro, Mass.) won the 800 in a CCRI record time of 2:02.66. Sprinter Ryan Rotondo (Cranston) won the 60 dash in a time of 7.34 seconds. Bobby Allen (Cranston) won the mile run in 4:14.52 and then came back to set a CCRI school record in the 1,000 in a time of 2:35.23. Steven Vazquez (Central Falls) won the High Jump with a 6’6” leap.
Thrower Colin Cabral (Cumberland) placed fourth in the shot put with a school record toss of 40’09.5”. Jordan Barboza (Warwick) placed fourth in the 60 hurdles with a school record of time of 9.28 seconds, then placed fifth in the high jump with a season-best leap of 5’10’’.
Also competing for the Knights was Carlos Diaz (Smithfield) and he took 10th in the 60 in a time of 7.58 seconds. Also in the 60m dash was Jarrame Morris (Providence) who placed 25th in a time of 7.97 seconds. Both men also ran the 200m: Diaz placed ninth in a time of 24.84 seconds and Morris placed 22nd in a time 26.18 seconds. Kevin Redmond (South Kingstown) placed 6th in the shot put with a toss of 38’02”. David Palkovic (Middletown) placed fifth in the mile run with a time of 5:03.54 and then placed ninth in the 1,000 with a time of 2:58.39. Finally, on the men’s side, the men’s 4x400 team of Vazquez, Duquette, Barboza and Allen placed fourth in a time of 3:37.09.
Two Lady Knights took the trip to Wesleyan and both showed much improvement from the week before. Olivia Emerick (Cranston) placed fifth in the 200 in a time of 29.63 seconds. Emerick also placed fifth in the 600 in a time of 1:57.49. Akande Boluwatife (Lagos, Nigeria) placed 17th in the 60 dash in a time of 9.49 and then came back and placed 18th in the 200 dash in a personal best time of 32.37.
Knights fall to D-I Monroe
The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team took on another D-I opponent in the high-powered Mustangs of Monroe College from New Rochelle, N.Y. at the Vincent A. Cullen Fieldhouse on Sunday as they concluded the 2013 CCRI Invitational Tournament. The Knights fell to the Mustangs 75-59.
CCRI was led by Williams with 18 points, Medeiros with 16 points, Yarce with 11 points and Steven Bevilacqua (Exeter) with six points.
Williams scores 1,000th as Knights defeat Mass Bay
The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team hosted the 2013 CCRI Invitational over the weekend at the Vincent A. Cullen Fieldhouse located on the CCRI Knight Campus in Warwick. In their first game, the Knights hosted the Buccaneers of Mass Bay Community College form Framingham, Mass. for the Region XXI non-league game. The Knights defeated the Buccaneers 103-71.
Before the game began, the Community College of Rhode Island welcomed the mayor of Cranston, Allan Fung, who tossed the ceremonial opening tip of the Knights game.