01.27.13: The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team hosted the Sharks of Suffolk County Community college from Selden, NY on Sunday. The Knights lost to the Sharks 77-62. With the loss the Knights fall to 15-9 on the season.
After playing some of their best basketball over the past few weeks the Knights, CCRI had a game they want to put behind them quickly. The Knights knew they were going to be in for a battle as soon as the game began as the Suffolk team came ready to play and were dictating the pace of the game. The Knights would not just roll over and took a brief five point lead at about the 10 minute mark of the first half but Suffolk battled back to regain the lead and then extend that lead to 15 points by halftime with the score 46-31. The Knights battled back in the second half, thanks in large part to Co-Captain Bryan Yarce (Cranston, RI) who was a disruptive force on defense and helped the Knights cut the Sharks lead to just six points 64-58 with about six minutes left in the game. From their Suffolk was able to regroup to take extend their lead back to double-digits and the Knights had not answer on this day as they fell by the final score of 77-62.
Leading the way for the Knights was Co-Captain Bryan Yarce with a game-high 20 points with two steals and two assists followed by backcourt mate Desmond Williams (Torrington, CT) who added 18 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals. With the 18 points Williams moves to No. 4 on the CCRI All-time scoring list with 1,141 points ahead of Willie Washington who scored 1,138. Also helping the Knights was Co-Captain Steve Bevilacqua (Exeter, RI) who scored eight points including two 3-pointers.
After the game Head Coach Rick Harris commented, "Today was a bit of a disappointment because we've been playing so well lately. We did not play our best today but you have to give credit to Suffolk. They came into our gym determined and ready to play. We did not match their intensity. On a positive note though, we were able to get the lead down to six points in the second half by using our pressure defenses but we came up just a bit short. Like always, win or lose, we'll put this one behind us and get ready for our next game against Navy Prep on Wednesday."
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.