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Knights’ comeback vs. NAPS nixed by Quintana
The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team hosted the Rams of the Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS) last night at the Cullen Fieldhouse. The Knights came up one point short of a victory against the hot shooting Rams losing 64-63.
CCRI and Navy Prep battled back and forth as the game began with NAPS getting most of their first half points in the paint including 11 points from Enuoma Edinum. However the Knights got 12 from its All-American Desmond Williams (Torrington, CT) to take a five point lead into halftime 28-23. The second half was much different for Navy Prep as they sank seven 3-pointers, four of them by guard Kyle Quintana, to give them a five point lead 62-57 lead late in the game. Once again the Knights’ Williams took mover and with 22.6 seconds left got the ball and went to work with a killer crossover and elevated for a 3-pointer while being fouled, sank the shot and with 22.6 seconds left also converted the free throw for the very rare 4-point play narrowing the NAPS lead to 62-61. NAPS made two foul shots to increase the lead to 64-61, Jerome Harris (Hartford, CT) rushed down the court and made a floater with 13.6 left once again cutting the lead to one point 64-63 under ten seconds on the clock, NAPS was able to inbound the ball to Quintana who was fouled with just 2.6 remaining, the hot-shooting Quintana missed the front end of the one-and-one which was rebounded by Williams whose last second desperation attempt missed the mark. A great comeback by CCRI but the Knights fell 64-63.
The Knights were led by Co-Captain Desmond Williams who scored a game-high 28 points with three assists, two steals and a blocked shot followed by Co-Captain Isaac Medeiros (Johnston, RI) who had eight points nine rebounds, twos teals and a blocked shot. Also helping the Knights was Pat Marchand (Cranston, RI) with 10 points three rebounds, Jerome Harris had six points, five rebounds, and three steals and Chris Light (Derry, NH) added five points including a big second half 3-pointer late in the game and three rebounds.
Head Coach Rick Harris commented after the game: “I told the young men following our tough loss tonight that we have hit a wall. Our goal is to get a little bit better each day and for the last couple of days and games that has not been the case. This is typical in a thirty game regular season. We will find a way as a team to make that happen and look to finish strong as we get into important region games over the last five games of the regular season. Most importantly we hope to be at full strength, as we go as our sophomores go. The loss of Isaac Medeiros on Sunday and Bryan Yarce tonight really showed as it would with any team when elite players go down. No excuses though as we have to all collectively step up and get better and play better as a team.
Also for those who would like to see a replay of the CCRI vs. Roxbury game played Thursday January 24th, if you live in Rhode Island and have Cox Communications the game is available on Cox On Demand in the “Free Zone” here are the instructions for using Cox On Demand: http://www.cox.com/about/value/ondemand_programming.pdf
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.