11.03.12: The No. 3 ranked (NJCAA DII pre-season poll) CCRI Knights men’s basketball team traveled to the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury Crossing, Ma to compete in the Roxbury Invitational on Friday and Sunday. In their first game of the season the Knights fell to Region XXI non-league game to the No. 7 ranked (NJCAA DIII poll) tigers of Roxbury Community College 88-75. With the loss the Knights begin the season 0-1 overall and in Region XXI play.
The Knights started well taking leads of 8-5 and then later 19-18 with about 10 minutes left in the half but Roxbury would score on their next possession to take a 20-19 lead and they would never trail again. The Tigers took a 41-36 lead into halftime.
In the second half the Tigers quickly extended their lead to nine points with the score 45-36 and later to 16 points 64-48 midway through the second half. The Knights cut the lead to eight points 58-66 with about six minutes remaining but the tiger would call a timeout and re-group to go on to the 88-75 victory.
Leading the way for the Knights was Co-Captain Desmond Williams (Torrington, CT) with 26 points followed by fellow Co-Captain Bryan Yarce (Cranston, RI) with 16 points, six assists, two steals and two offensive charges taken. Also helping the Knights was Co-Captain Steve Bevilacqua (Exeter, RI) with seven points and a steal, Jerome Harris (Hartford, CT) with nine points including 3-4 from behind the 3-point arc, and Co-Captain Isaac Medeiros (Johnston, RI) added six points, five rebounds, two blocked shots and two steals.
Head Coach Rick Harris commented after the game “Very challenging opener for us this evening. Roxbury is a talented veteran team with National Tournament experience. We played hard the entire night but our inexperience with 11 freshmen really showed. We have not developed any chemistry as of yet but we will as we play more games. We have the personnel to be very good but it will be a process. We may go through some growing pains before we become the team we expect.”
The Knights will have one day off before they have to play the Spartans of Cayuga Community College form Auburn, NY at 11:00am at the Reggie Lewis Center as part of the Roxbury 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.