The CCRI Men's basketball team hosted the Knights of Northern Essex CC of Haverhill, MA at the Vincent Cullen Fieldhouse Tuesday night in a Region XXI non-league contest. The CCRI Knights came away with a 90-72 victory raising their record to 3-0 and 2-0 in Region XXI.
The game was wide open in the first half and No. Essex's athleticism allowed them to penetrate into the lane and generate easy baskets in close. They took a 39-31 lead into half time. CCRI turned the tide early in the second half using their three quarter court pressure defense which created multiple turnovers and easy fast break baskets for the CCRI Knights.
The Knights were led by freshman point guards Billy Soriano (Providence, RI) and Anthony Jernigan (East Hartford, CT). Soriano had 17 points while dishing out six assists with four rebounds and two steals. Jernigan added 17 points with three steals and three rebounds. Sophomore Pat Marchand (Cranston RI) had a double-double scoring 14 points and ripping down 12 rebound and sophomore Anthony Henry (Danbury, CT) added 10 points, six rebounds and a steal to the Knights’ attack.
After the game Coach Rick Harris commented: "Another team victory. With good teams like ours different players step up at different times to produce wins. We had that happen tonight against a good team."
The Knights host the Rams of Springfield Technical Community College Thursday night at 6:00pm at the Vincent A. Cullen Fieldhouse in Warwick for another Region XXI non-league game.
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.