01.05.13: The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team hosted the Vikings of Mercer County Community College form Trenton, NJ for an afternoon game on Saturday. The Knights defeated the Vikings 79-60. With the victory he Knights improve to 10-6 on the season.
The Knights and Vikings played very tough defense in the first half holding the score down to just 28-22 at halftime. The Knights ratcheted-up the defensive pressure even more with their patented trapping defenses in the second half to go on a run and extend their lead to double-digits 45-33 with 12:41 remaining. They extended their lead to 20 points with just 3:30 remaining and they went on to win by the final score of 79-60.
CCRI was led by their four Sophomore Captains: Desmond Williams (Torrington, CT) scored 14 points with six rebounds, four steals, and two blocked shots, his backcourt mate Bryan Yarce (Cranston, RI) had 13 points and six assists. The other two CCRI Captains, Isaac Medeiros (Johnston, RI) scored 11 points and pulled down six rebounds with a blocked shot and Steve Bevilacqua (Exeter, RI) lived up to his nickname “Splash” scoring 10 points including three long range bombs from well beyond the 3-point arc! Also helping the Knights was freshman Jerome Harris (Hartford, CT) with seven points and six rebounds and Pat Marchand (Cranston, RI) added eight points, three assists and a blocked shot.
Head Coach Rick Harris commented after the win: “It was a nice team win for our young guys today. It took us a while but we got in gear and used our defense to create scoring opportunities. We played very good defense the entire game and that was very encouraging.”
The Knights return to action Wednesday as they travel to Valhalla, NY to take on Division I powerhouse Westchester Community College at 7:00pm.
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.