The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team traveled to Fall River, MA to play the Bees of Bristol Community College for a Region XXI non-league game. The Knights lost to the Bees 91-86. With the loss the Knights’ records drops to 17-11 overall and 10-4 in Region.
The Bees’ Eli Parker hit his only 3-poiner of the game with 16.5 seconds to play to give Bristol CC an 88-84 lead over the CCRI Knights. A baseline jumper by Kevin Marmolejos (Queens, NY) got the lead to two points at 88-86 but the Knights were forced to foul and the Bees hit their free throws to ice the 91-86 victory.
Six players for the Knights scored in double-figures for CCRI led by Co-Captain Pat Marchand (Cranston, RI) who scored 18 points with eight rebounds and two blocked shots followed by Co-Captain Anthony Jernigan (East Hartford, CT) with 15 points with six rebounds, five assists and two steals. Also helping the Knights was Elijah Okagbare (Atlanta, GA) with 14 points and three rebounds, Co-Captain Rudy Brito (Pawtucket, RI) 12 points six rebounds and five assists. Rounding out the Knights’ attack was Malieke Young (Providence, RI) with 12 points including three 3-pointers with four rebounds and two assists and Kevin Marmolejos added 10 points, five rebounds and two assists.
After the game Head Coach Rick Harris commented: "Despite the loss I'm pleased with the effort the team put forth tonight. We played hard and competed to the end. That 3-pointer with 17 seconds left which came after we had played 30 seconds of great defense was a dagger to the heart. We'll put this one behind us and get ready for Dean Thursday night."
The Knights travel to Franklin MA on Thursday to play Dean College in a crucial Region XXI Division II showdown to see who will host the Region XXI championship game.
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.