Warwick, R.I. – December 30, 2015: The CCRI Knights Men’s basketball team faced off against Tohono O’odham [pronounced To’hono Otham (like Gotham City)] Community College last night in the final game of day one in the CCRI Holiday Classic. The Knights were unable to beat the Jegos (pronounced Jugos) and lost by the final score of 92-84. The loss puts the Knights at 8-6 on the season.
The Knights offense was clicking in the first half which led to 32 first half points. It was a different story on the other side of the court though as the Jegos were just slicing apart the Knights defense. The Jegos went for 47 points in the half to take a commanding 16 point halftime lead.
The second half saw a different Knight team take the court. The Knights rallied and started chipping away at the large deficit. They cut the lead down to single digits seven minutes into the half and the Jegos looked rattled. It didn’t stop there as the Knights kept rolling and not only overcame the deficit but took a 64-63 lead with nine minutes to play. The Knights big run gave them a 70-65 with six minutes to play before the Jegos called another timeout to try and stop the bleeding. The next two minutes saw the team from Arizona go on a 10-0 to retake the lead 75-70.
The Knights just could not muster up another big run and eventually fell behind by double-digits. They were outscored 14-27 in the last six and a half minutes which led to the eight point loss 84-92.
Freshman Tri-Captain Edvaldo Ferreira (Cape Verde) posted another double-double for the Knights, his 10th, with 13 points, 10 boards and six blocks. He still currently ranks first in blocked shots per game with 4.7 and his 13.9 rebounds per game are second in NJCAA DII.
Elijah Vazquez (Woonsocket, RI) dropped 19 points to lead the Knights while adding four boards and a block. Josh Mann (Detroit, MI) added 13 points, five rebounds and two blocks, while Adrian La Fleur (Sydney, Australia) had 10 points, six assists and five rebounds.
Jordan Grant (New London, CT) added eight points and eight boards while Tri-Captain Joe Santiago (Willimantic, CT) had nine points, hitting three big 3-pointers that fueled the Knights big second half run.
Head Coach Rick Harris had this to say about his team’s performance, “We played hard to work our way back into the game but mental errors and ball control led to our loss. We need to play hard and control the tempo for all 40 minutes if we want to win.”
The first game of the night featured Essex County College (Newark, NJ) and UConn Avery-Point (Groton, CT). The Wolverines of ECC proved to be too much for the Pointers of UCAP and won decisively 84-32. The Knights are now set to play UConn Avery-Point in the consolation game of the CCRI Holiday Classic on Wednesday at 5pm. The Championship game is at 7pm which will be Essex County College (Newark, NJ) versus Tohono O’odham Community College (Sells, AZ).
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.