The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team traveled to Dean College in Franklin, MA to compete in the Region XXI championship game on Saturday. The Knights fell to the No. 11 ranked (NJCAA DII basketball poll) Bulldogs of Dean College 82-67. With the loss the Knights’ season ends with an 18-3 record and 10-6 record in Region XXI play. With the victory Dean College earns the Region XXI championship and earns the right to host the Northeast District Championship next weekend versus No. 14 ranked Tribunes of Monroe Community College from Rochester, NY.
Much like the first contest between the Knights and Bulldogs this was a very close game from the start with Dean taking a small 37-33 lead into halftime. The game remained tight for the beginning of the second half until Bulldogs’ sophomore Captain Keyon Armstrong went into hero mode as he sank and incredible five consecutive 3-pointers to blow the game open midway in the second half. The Knights never recovered from that barrage as the Bulldogs continued to gain momentum and went on to win by the final score of 82-67 to secure the Region XXI Championship.
Leading the way for the Knights was Co-Captain Anthony Jernigan (East Hartford, CT) with 18 points including four 3-pointers, four steals and two assists. Co-Captain Anthony Henry (Danbury, CT) added a double-double contributing 15 points with 10 rebounds adding three steals and two blocked shots. Rounding out the Knights’ top performers was Sophomore Co-Captain Pat Marchand (Cranston, RI) who added nine point and six rebounds and Sophomore Co-Captain Rudy Brito (Pawtucket, RI) with seven points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals.
After the contest Head Coach Rick Harris commented: "We played well and followed the game plan. Dean's five three pointers in a row swung the momentum to their favor and we couldn't recover from that. I am very proud of the way our team prepared for this game and how well they executed the game plan. Hats-off to Dean College for a great victory!"
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.