The CCRI Knights hosted the Lions of Gateway Community College of New Haven, CT in a Region XXI non-league game Wednesday night and came away with an 83-64 victory to raise their record to 12-6 and 7-2 in Region XXI.
After a back-and forth beginning of the game, CCRI closed out the first half with a 17-9 run to take a 44-31 lead into halftime. The Knights upped that lead to as many as 18 points in the second half mostly on the strength of their pressure defense and transition baskets, including 10 three-pointers! The hot shooting from the outside, 10-26 from 3-pointland, and tough inside presence with 45 rebounds and nine blocked shots helped them close out the game easily with the 83-64 victory.
Four players scored in double-figures for the Knights led by Co-Captain Anthony Jernigan(East Hartford, CT) with 18 and six assists. Freshman shooting guard Malieke Young(Providence, RI) pitched-in with 16 points on 4-8 shooting from behind the 3-point arc. Co-Captain Anthony Henry (Danbury, CT) charted another double-double with 15 points and 12 boards and also had four emphatic blocked shots and also helping the Knights’ attack was Co-Captain Rudy Brito (Pawtucket, RI) chipped-in with a career-high12 points on 4-6 shooting from 3-point range.
After the game Head Coach Rick Harris commented: "This was another nice team victory as our reserves were called upon to fill in for several injured teammates and they came up big. We shot the ball very well from the foul line and from the 3-point arc and anytime you can do that against a zone defense you've got a good chance of winning the ball game. Now it's on to our Invitational Tournament this weekend against a couple of powerhouses in Lackawanna and Monroe. These two games will be a very good test for us."
The next games for the Knights will be this weekend as part of the 2014 CCRI Basketball Invitational. On Saturday they will face Lackawanna College from Scranton, PA at 7pm and Sunday they will face Division I powerhouse Monroe College from New Rochelle, NY at 6:00pm.
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.