02.14.13: The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team traveled to Franklin, Ma to play the Bulldogs of Dean College for a Region XXI league game. The Knights lost to the Bulldogs 82-70. With the loss, the Knights fall to 17-11 overall and 10-3 in Region XXI play. In addition, the Knights are now 1-2 in their league tied with Massasoit Community College making the game on Thursday, February 21st a pivotal game to see who will be the No. 2 seed in the Division II Men’s basketball tournament which Dena has earned the right to host with a 3-1 league record.
The Knights jumped out to an early lead 12-3 five minutes into the first half of play then withstood a furious Dean College comeback to hold a 36-34 halftime lead. The Knights’ offense was clicking to start the second half as they garnered a nine-point lead, 61-52 with 10:13 to play in the game. However, at that point, the Bulldogs kicked into high gear and stymied the Knights offense as they put together a 30-9 run to close out the game. The Bulldogs capitalized on the emotion of the frenzied crowd of their home court which catapulted them to the 12 point victory 82-70.
The Knights were led by Tri-Captain Desmond Williams (Torrington, CT) who scored a game-high 25 points, including four 3-pointers with seven rebounds and three assists followed by Tri-Captain Bryan Yarce (Cranston, RI) who had 12 points with six assists and two steals. Also helping the Knights was Tri-Captain Isaac Medeiros (Johnston, RI) with nine points eight rebounds, Pat Marchand (Cranston, RI) had 10 points and eight rebounds and Jerome Harris (Hartford, CT) added nine points. Kyle Wiggins led the four Bulldogs who scored in double-figures with 24 points, including four 3-pointers.
After the game, Head Coach Rick Harris commented: “We have to give credit to Dean tonight for kicking up their game another level to finish the game. We had no answer for their desire and determination as well as energy over the last ten minutes. We played a strong 30 minutes but the game is 40 minutes long and we were unable to close the deal. That was as much due to Dean as anything else. Tonight was their night. We will regroup and move forward as now our home game with Massasoit on Thursday becomes our most important game of the year. I am confident our guys will prepare hard over the coming days and come up with a special performance on Sophomore Night.”
The Knights’ next game will be this Saturday the 16th when they will travel to New York to play the Avengers of ASA at 2:00 pm.
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.