Warwick, R.I. – February 13, 2015: The CCRI Knights men's basketball team hosted the Warriors of Massasoit Community College from Brockton, MA to the Vincent A. Cullen Fieldhouse on Thursday evening. CCRI defeated the Warriors 89-64 to even their record at 12-12, while improving their Region XXI record to 9-1 and 2-1 in the Division (DII Region XXI).
The Knights came out firing on all cylinders as Tri-Captains Malieke Young (Providence, RI) and Jerome Harris (Hartford, CT) set the tone connecting for five first half 3-pointers: three from Young and two from Harris. Their perimeter assault opened up the lane for freshman Grant Gillis (Jamestown, RI) who dominated in the first half leading the Knights with 15 first half points both from the paint and free throw line. The Knights took a 16 point lead 27-11 after only seven minutes of play. The Knights played aggressive defense to maintain that lead to take a 46-33 advantage into halftime.
CCRI started the second half with a 9-0 run to extend their lead to go up by 22 points 55-33. The Knights maintained that defensive intensity which led to the play of the game where Tri-Captain Jerome Harris stole the ball after in the inbound of a Johnson Weah (Monrovia, Liberia) basket and posterized two Warrior defenders with an "and 1 Mixtape" windmill jam that brought the Knights' faithful to their feet! The jam made the score 63-35 CCRI and the Knights would cruise from there to win by the final count of 89-64
Leading the way for CCRI was Grant Gillis with a team-high 19 points while ripping down eight rebounds with two steals and a blocked shot and Tri-Captain Malieke Young hit for 16 points including four treys, two assists, a blocked shot and a head-first diving hustle steal late in the game which helped set tone for second half. Tri-Captain Jerome Harris scored 14 points including the monster dunk after a steal of an inbounds pass while grabbing seven rebounds and four assists and Freshman Mike DeJesus (Cranston, RI) contributed with 14 points coming off the bench hitting four treys of his own. Also helping the Knights to the key victory was Tri-Captain Anthony Jernigan (East Hartford, CT) who is tied for 10th in the nation by the NJCAA in assists averaging 5.8 per contest dished out a game-high seven assists while freshman big man Mahda Brewah (Dover, DE) snared eight boards.
After the contest Head Coach Rick Harris commented: "This is the type of performance we've been waiting for. It was a total team effort spurred on by aggressive defense and all-out hustle plays like diving for loose balls. Our offense is usually good but playing good hard defense like we did tonight is what is needed to win ball games. I'm very proud of the way the team played tonight!"
The Knights next two games for the Knights have been cancelled: Saturday at ASA College in New York and Monday hosting Quinsigamond CC. Their next game will now be another critical Region XXI showdown at Dean College in Franklin, MA Wednesday the 18th at 6:00pm followed by the Lady Knights who will play Dean at 8:00pm.
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.