The Knights raced out to a big first half lead Saturday afternoon, which proved to be the difference in an 88-76 win at Massasoit. With the win, CCRI has clinched a playoff berth, improving their overall record to 17-10 and their Region XXI record to 10-3.
The Knights were propelled by sophomore guard Kevin Marmolejos (Queens, NY), who poured in a season-high 23 points, including 11 in the first half to help give the Knights a 44-31 lead at the half. Sophomore co-captain Pat Marchand (Cranston, RI) was also a main contributor, dominating in the paint with 14 first half points and a team-high 21 for the game.
CCRI stifled Massasoit defensively, forcing them to take tough shots all game. As a result, Massasoit was just 6-of-18 (33.3%) from three-point range.
“This was a great team victory produced by exceptional defense,” head coach Rick Harris said. “We came out ready to play aggressively and stop their outside shooting, which is their strength. Our guys did exactly that and got Massasoit to take long jump shots with a hand in their face every time. On the other end, we pounded the ball inside and scored at will at times.”
Sophomore point guard Anthony Jernigan (East Hartford, CT) had the game’s lone double-double with 10 points and 10 assists. Rudy Brito (Pawtucket, RI) also had a good game for the Knights, getting in double-figures with 12 points and pulling down eight rebounds.
Massasoit was paced by Antonio Ferreira, who led three players in double-figures with 25 points. Anthony Rivers also filled up the stat sheet with 18 points, six assists, five rebounds, and three steals for Massasoit.
The Knights will return to action tonight, when they travel to Bristol CC for their first game in a three-game week. Tip-off between CCRI and Bristol is set for 7:00 p.m.
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.