The CCRI Knights men's basketball team traveled to Roxbury MA to take on the Tigers of Roxbury Community College on Saturday night in the season opener for both teams as part of the Roxbury Tigers’ Invitational. The Knights came away with a 102-89 victory to start their season at 1-0 overall and in Region XXI play.
The Knights’ offensive outburst was fueled by 10 3-pointers including seven in the second half. After a close first half that saw the Knights take a nine point lead into halftime with the score 48-37 with tough pressure defense and balanced scoring the Knights increased second half leads up to as many as 20 points at times. The Knights had all 14 players score in the game led by sophomore Anthony Henry (Hartford, CT) who scored 19 points with seven rebounds, two assists and a steal. Henry was joined in the double-digits scoring by freshmen Omar Orriols (Boston, MA) and Malieke Young (Providence, RI) who scored 14 points each, while combining for five 3-pointers. Also making big contributions to the win were sophomore Pat Marchand (Cranston RI) who just missed a double-double with nine points and 13 rebounds and freshmen point guards contributed with Anthony Jernigan (Hartford, CT) adding 12 points, seven rebounds, and six assists while Billy Soriano (Providence, RI) had five points and four assists.
Head Coach Rick Harris commented after the game: "This was a good win to start the season. The team played well and our depth was critical to our success tonight. It is difficult for other teams to deal with our size and speed, let alone our ability to bring in waves of talented players off the bench. We look forward to tomorrow's game against Cayuga CC out of New York as a chance to improve in the areas where we need it."
The Knights play Cayuga Community College at 1:00pm Sunday to complete their play in the Roxbury Tigers’ Basketball Invite.
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.