Warwick, R.I. – December 8, 2014: The CCRI men's basketball team travelled to Queens, NY to take on the 5-1 Red Hawks of LaGuardia Community College. The Knights lost to the Red Hawks 61-57. With the loss the Knights fall to 6-4 on the season.
The Red Hawks took advantage of their home court to take a 34-26 lead into the halftime break. The Knights were able to turn-up the defensive pressure to erase that eight-point deficit and take their first lead since very early in the game at 45-44 with 10 minutes to go in the game on a long range 3-pointer from Tri-Captain Malieke Young (Providence, RI). The Red Hawks regained the lead moments later but freshman Marshall Nelson (Perth, Australia) made two free throws to knot the score at 51-51 with 5:42 to play. The Red Hawks again took the lead on a 3-pointer from Juan Ramos-Rivera which was answered by Knights' Tri-Captain Anthony Jernigan (East Hartford, CT) to knot the score at 54-54 with about five minutes left in the game. During the final five minutes intense defense by both teams caused many challenged shots and forced several turnovers. A strong baseline layup by the Red Hawks' Darnell Holmes put LaGuardia in front 59-55 with just 40 seconds left. However the game was not over as the Red Hawks fouled Jernigan with only 25.6 seconds left and he sank both free throws to bring the score to 59-57. The Knights were unable to extend the game with a foul and the Red Hawks able to score an easy layup as time expired to win by the final score of 61-57.
Leading the way for CCRI was freshman Center Grant Gillis (Jamestown, RI) with 12 points and eight rebounds followed by Tri-Captain Anthony Jernigan who had 11 points, five assists and five rebounds. Also helping the Knights was Tri-Captain Malieke Young who added nine points on three 3-pointers with five rebounds, two assists and two steals and defensively they got help from Tri-Captain Jerome Harris (Hartford, CT) with a game-high five steals to go with four rebounds, four points and two assists.
After the game Head Coach Rick Harris commented: "Our defensive intensity was very good today as we held a high-scoring offensive team to only 61 points. We still need to work on our offensive sets and find easier ways to score the ball against aggressive defensive teams. So that is the challenge we face as we prepare for another regional game at Springfield Tech Wednesday night."
The Knights travel to Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) in Springfield, MA Wednesday evening to play the Rams of STCC for a Region XXI non-league game at 6:00pm.
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.