12.11.12: The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team traveled to Haverhill, MA to play the Knights of Northern Essex Community College in a Region XXI non-league game. The Knights of CCRI defeated the Northern Essex Knights 84-70. With the victory CCRI improves to 7-4 on the season and 3-2 in Region XXI play.
Knights’ Co-Captain Isaac Medeiros (Johnston, RI) had his best night as a CCRI Knight in a battle of Knights. Medeiros charted a monster double-double with game highs in both points with 28 and rebounds with 15 to lead the Knights of CCRI over the Knights of Northern Essex CC. 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, RI) and Co-Captain Desmond Williams (Torrington, CT) who each scored 11 first half points. CCRI utilized multiple pressure defenses to build their lead up to 22 points with the score 61-39 just five minutes into the second half. Northern Essex would not go quietly 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 to win by the final score of 84-70.
Leading the way for the Knights was Co-Captain Isaac Medeiros who was unstoppable scoring 28 points while ripping down 15 rebounds to go with two blocked shots, two steals and an assist followed by Co-Captain Desmond Williams with 19 points, including four 3-pointers, four assists and a blocked shot. Also helping CCRI was Rob Hazard with 13 points and three assists and Co-Captain Bryan Yarce (Cranston, RI) added eight points, four assists and two steals.
Head Coach Rick Harris commented after the game: “We continued to show improvement on both offense and defense tonight. The team has responded well to this stretch of four games in six days.”
The Knights next game will be Saturday when they will travel to Charlestown, MA to play the Bulldogs of Bunker Hill Community College at 6:00pm for another Region XXI non-league game.
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 18,000 students in credit courses and thousands more in non-credit and job training classes. Its athletic program boasts 12 varsity programs and an academic support program for all student-athletes.