01.12.13: The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team hosted the 2013 CCRI Invitational over the weekend at the Vincent A. Cullen Fieldhouse located on the CCRI Knight Campus in Warwick. In their first game the Knights hosted the Buccaneers of Mass Bay Community College form Framingham, MA for the Region XXI non-league game. The Knights defeated the Buccaneers 103-71. With the victory the Knights improve to 11-7 on the season.
Before the game began the Community College of Rhode Island welcomed the Mayor of Cranston, RI, The Honorable Mr. Allan Fung, who threw-up the ceremonial opening tip of the Knights game. The Knights have many members of the team from Cranston including: Head Coach Rick Harris Assistant Coach Carmine Goneconte and players: Bryan Yarce, Pat Marchand, and Steve Rush
The Knights played with tremendous defensive from the opening tip to the final buzzer. Mass Bay stayed with the Knights for the first six minute but them the Knights, with defensive pressure, went on a 39-15 run to break the game open. The Knights used that energy to take a 52-28 lead into halftime. Head Coach Rick Harris commented “That may have been the best half defensively all season!” In the second half the Knights kept the defensive intensity to propel themselves to a 103-71 victory.
Leading the way for the Knights was Co-Captain Desmond Williams (Torrington, CT) who scored a game-high 26 points with six rebounds, three steals and two assists. In addition, Williams scored hos 1,000th career point in a Knights uniform on a 3-pointer late in the first half. Desmond ended the game with 1,011 career points and is currently ranked No. 11 on the CCRI All-time scoring list ahead of Bobby DaCosta with 1,000 career points but behind Bobby Brooks who scored 1,032 career points. Also helping the Knights was Co-Captain Bryan Yarce (Cranston, RI) with 17 points and six assists. Rounding out the Knights’ attack was Pat Marchand (Cranston, RI) with 13 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots and Rob Hazard (North Providence, RI) added 12 points and four rebounds.
Coach Harris added “the team showed what they are capable of doing when they play with this level of intensity for 40 minutes. This was a great team victory as all 11 dressed players got significant playing time and valuable game experience. It will help us as we prepare for our upcoming Region XXI opponents.”
The Knights will face Division I power Monroe College from New Rochelle, NY Sunday in the final game of the 2013 CCRI Basketball Invitational.
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.