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Knights battle hard but fall to DI power ASA 63-57
The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team traveled to Brooklyn Heights, NY to play the Division I powerhouse (20-4) Avengers of ASA College on Saturday at St. Francis College. The Knights battled the tough division I squad to the very end but ultimately fell by the final score of 63-57. With the loss the Knights fall to 17-12 while ASA improves to 21-4.
The CCRI Knights gave the Avengers all they could handle, holding the high scoring Avengers, who average over 83 points per game to just total 63 points and just 30 points in the second half. CCRI took a 34-33 lead into halftime after being down by as many as seven points in the first half. The second half was a back and forth affair with neither team gaining more than a six point advantage. ASA was leading by a single point, 58-57, with 38.1 seconds left in the game and less than 10 seconds remaining on the shot clock as Daquan Brickhouse hit a long 3-pointer from the corner to put the Avengers up 61-57. ASA closed the game by forcing steal on the Knights' next possession which forced CCRI to foul and Brickhouse sank both free throws to secure the 63-57 victory.
CCRI was led by Tri-Captain Desmond Williams (Torrington, CT) who scored more than half of the Knights’ points with an impressive double-double including a game-high 31 points, with five 3-pointers, 11 rebounds and three assists. Williams now has 1,274 career points and needs just 66 to catch Rick Santos who is listed as No. 3 on the CCRI All-time scoring list scoring 1,340 total points in from 1971-1973. Des was helped by Tri-Captain Isaac Medeiros (Johnston, RI) also charted a double-double with scoring 12 points while ripping down 10 rebounds and Tri-Captain Bryan Yarce added six points and two steals while dishing-out six assists.
After the game Coach Rick Harris commented: “We gave a tremendous defensive effort against a strong DI opponent in addition to playing great as a team today. This is just what we needed to do as we prepare for our final home game against Region XXI opponent Massasoit CC. The team proved that it is capable of playing intense defense for 40 minutes and that's what it's going to take to win Thursday night.”
The next game for the Knights will be this Thursday when they will host Region XXI foe Massasoit Community College at 7:00pm for a right to earn the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Region XXI Championship game versus No. 1 seed Dean College. The Region XXI Championship game time and exact date still to be determined on the weekend of March 2nd and 3rd.
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.