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. However, the Knights did get some good news this week with two of their Co-Captains: Pat Marchand (Cranston, RI) and Anthony Jernigan (East Hartford, CT) being named All-Region XXI.
Marchand was a two-year started for the Knights and was second on the team in scoring with 15.1 points per game and ranks No.32 on the CCRI all-time scoring list with 698 career points just behind Colin Burns (705) and ahead of Walt “Stretch” Edwards (682). Marchand led the Knights in rebounding with 8.2 rebounds per game. Pat also led the Knights in field goal percentage shooting at 54.3%. Marchand was the most consistent player on the Knights in his sophomore campaign and helped the Knights with 10 double-doubles on the season including when he scored his career-high 27 with 11 rebounds versus Genesee CC in December.
Jernigan was another of the Knights 2013-14 Co-Captain who transferred to CCRI from Monroe Community College. Jernigan led the Knights in scoring with 15.6 points per game. Anthony also led the Knights in assist with 5.5 per game which ranked him No. 18 in the nation (NJCAA DII). He also led the Knights in steals per game with 2.5 which ranked him No. 13 in the nation. Jernigan was an explosive scorer with elusive ball skills which made his tremendously hard to guard. Anthony scored his career-high of 26 versus Mercer County Community College in early January.
Head Coach Rick Harris commented on his talented duo: “Being named New England First Team All-Region XXI is a fitting way for both Anthony Jernigan and Pat Marchand to end their seasons. They were our two strongest leaders both on and off the court this season. They led us to a solid 18 win season including outstanding wins over Lincoln College, Massasoit, Lackawanna, and DI Globe and ASA. Pat's three point play to defeat ASA in the closing seconds will be a victory I will always remember. Besides being outstanding players who put up solid numbers on a nightly basis, they were even better young men who I always enjoyed being around. They were dedicated, loyal and hardworking student/ athletes who I could always count on. This honor is truly deserved by both!”
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.