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Knights overcome OCCC’s comeback to win 82-78!
The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team traveled to Middletown, NY on Saturday afternoon to play the Colts of Orange County Community College for a northeast Division II showdown. The Knights defeated the Colts 82-78. With the victory the Knights improve to 4-2 on the season.
The Knights fell behind the colts early in the game 8-2 and the colts were able to extend their lead to 13-9 at the 15-minute mark. However, the Knights took their first lead of the game at the 10-minute mark 19-17. The Knights would keep a four point lead for rest of the half before scoring the final four points of the half to go in leading 42-34. In the second half the Knights extended their lead to 11 points 68-57 with seven minutes to play in the game. The Colts would not break as they stormed back making the score 79-78 CCRI with just 1:50 left in the game. From there the Knights hit 3-4 free throws, two from Bryan Yarce (Cranston, RI) and one from Rob Alers (Central Falls, RI) top secure the hard-fought 82-78 road victory.
Leading the way for the Knights was Co-Captain Isaac Medeiros (Johnston, RI) charting a double-double with game-highs with 25 points and 13 rebounds followed by NJCAA Player of the Week Co-Captain Bryan Yarce scored 15 points, six assists and three steals. Also helping the Knights was freshman guard Chris Light (Derry, NH) who shot 4-5 from the 3-point arc to contribute 12 points while being helped by three other freshmen teammates: Pat Marchand (Cranston, RI) had nine points, five rebounds, and two assists, Jerome Harris (Hartford, CT) added nine points and five assists while Rob Hazard (North Providence, RI) also dished out five assists to help the Knights’ attack.
Head Coach Rick Harris commented after the tough road win “Solid road victory for our young men. We had to throw every one of our defenses at them in order to secure the win. Different players stepped-up and performed for us in this win today. This is exactly what we need with Desmond Williams (Torrington, CT) being sidelined.”
The Knights are back in action Wednesday when they will travel to Brockton, MA to play the Warriors of Massasoit Community College for their first Region XXI league game 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.