12.19.12: The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team hosted the Lions of Gateway Community College from New Haven, CT 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 improve 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 coming into the game. It was an up and down game of the Knights as they would get 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 half with a 9-2 run just two minutes into the second half. However, Gateway would not go quietly as they used timely 3-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 onto the 10 point lead to win by the final score of 81-71.
Leading the way for the Knights was Co-Captain Desmond Williams (Torrington, CT) scoring a team-high 22 points with six rebounds, four assist, two steals, and a blocked shot followed by his backcourt mate Co-Captain Bryan Yarce (Cranston, RI) with 13 points a game-high seven assists and two steals. Also helping the Knights was Co-Captain Isaac Medeiros (Johnston, RI) charting a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds and freshman guard Jerome Harris (Hartford, CT) added 12 points and five rebounds.
Head Coach Rick Harris commented after the game: “Nice way to wrap-up the first semester. 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. Hopefully, the trip and games against high-powered Division I competition will allow us to raise our game to the level we need to be at to win region, district and a national championship!”
The Knights next game will be December 29th and 30th when they travel to Lake Worth Florida to play two games versus two top-tier Division I opponents on the 29th they will face 13-3 State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota and Sunday they will face No. 6 ranked (NJCAA DI poll) 15-0 Palm Beach State College who are led by URI transfer Jonathon Holton who averages 17.3 points per game, 11.6 rebounds per game, and 2.6 blocks per 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.