The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team traveled to Franklin, MA to play the buccaneers of Mass Bay Community College for a Region XXI non-league game on Tuesday evening. The Knights lost to the Buccaneers 71-63. With the loss the Knights’ record drops to 16-10 on the season and 9-3 in Region XXI play.
The Knights trailed the Buccaneers by 17 points at halftime 40-23. However, in the second half CCRI mounted a furious comeback. The comeback was spearheaded by aggressive defense got the Knights to within six points with the score 65-59 with just 3:29 left in the game. Unfortunately the Knights could not get over that hump as Mass Bay hit a couple of key shots down the stretch to ice the 71-63 victory.
CCRI was led by Co-Captain Anthony Jernigan (East Hartford, CT) who scored 19 points with five rebounds, two assists and two steals and Co-Captain Pat Marchand (Cranston, RI) who added a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Also helping the Knights was Co-Captain Rudy Brito (Pawtucket, RI) who chipped in nine points, five rebounds and three blocked shots and freshman Malieke Young (Providence, RI) with eight points and six rebounds for the Knights.
After the game Head Coach Rick Harris commented, "We've been hit by the injury bug and it is hurting us a bit, but that is part of the game. The good news is that more players are getting the opportunity to show what they can do and we've had different players step up every game. Also we get to control our own destiny in the upcoming games against Massasoit and Dean."
The next game for the Knights will be this Saturday the 8th when they travel to Brockton, MA to play the Warriors of Massasoit Community College for a critical Region XXI league game at 3:00pm.
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls 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.