The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team hosted the colts of Orange County Community College form Middletown, NY for a game on Saturday at the Vincent A. Cullen Fieldhouse located on the CCRI Knight Campus in Warwick. The Knights defeated the Colts 84-75. With the victory the Knights improve to 6-2 on the season. The loss drops Orange County to 3-4 on the season.
The CCRI Knights used a tough zone defense to defeat the Colts 84-75 in a non-conference game Saturday. A 7-0 run early in the game put the Knights up by eight points at 18-10 with 13:30 to go in the first half but the Colts were able to fight back. CCRI put another 9-1 to go up 15 points 41-26 at the three minute mark and took a 10 point lead into half time 43-33. The Knights increased their lead to as many as 14 points but the Colts kept hitting shots to keep themselves in the game. However CCRI's defensive pressure and transition offense were too much for the Colts and the Knights secured the victory.
Leading the way for CCRI was sophomore point guard Anthony Jernigan (East Hartford, CT) with 19 points with seven rebounds, and three assists followed by sophomore shooting guard Kevin Marmolejos (Queens, NY) with 16 points on 4-6 shooting from the 3-point arc while adding five assists. Rounding out the top scorers was Captain Pat Marchand (Cranston, RI) with 11 four rebounds and three assists, while Malieke Young (Providence, RI) and Elijah Okagbare (Atlanta, GA) had eight points apiece. CCRI scored many baskets off of blocked shots, steals and long rebounds leading to easy scores in transition. Leading the way in the assists department on those transition baskets was freshman point guard Billy Soriano (Providence, RI) who dished out a game-high eight assists to go with six points to spark the Knights in both halves.
The next game for the Knights will be Tuesday the 26th at 7:00pm when they will host the Warriors of Massasoit CC from Brockton, MA for a Region XXI league game at the Vincent A. Cullen Fieldhouse.
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.