Warwick, R.I. – January 15, 2016: The CCRI Knights faced off at home against Quinsigamond Community College last night from Worcester, MA in a Region XXI matchup. The Knights came out of the gates on fire and cruised to a 97-69 victory. The win brings the Knights season record to 12-7 on the season with an 8-2 record in Region XXI play.
The Knights were fired up early and it showed on the scoreboard immediately. The Knights sprinted out to an 18-0 advantage before the Wyverns finally knocked down a basket nearly eight minutes into the game. The trend continued in the first half as every time the Wyverns scored, the Knights would answer back with multiple baskets. When the dust cleared in the first half, CCRI was up 28 on the scoreboard, 49-21.
For the second game in a row both Edvaldo Ferreira (Cape Verde)and Josh Mann (Detroit, MI) dominated the paint, which was a huge reason for the Knights first half. Edvaldo finished with 14 first half points and multiple blocks, while Mann was right behind him with 12 points in the first half.
The Wyverns upped their scoring in the second half as both teams seemingly forgot how to play defense. The two teams played an even half by the score of 48-48. Luckily for the Knights, they already had a 28 point advantage. The biggest reason for the Wyverns scoring output was number #1 Daequon Antoine, who despite not starting, finished as the game’s high scorer with 27 points.
The Knights have now won four out of their last five and for the fourth straight game they were led by the same trio of players, Ferreira (18 points), Mann (16 points) and Elijah Vazquez (Woonsocket, RI) who had 15 points.
Ferreira also added 12 rebounds in the game to help him record his 15th double-double on the season. He also added 7 blocks in the game (though he looked like he had more) which increased his Nation leading average to 4.6 per game.
Mann added nine boards and three assists to his box score and Vazquez knocked down four 3-pointers on his way to the 15 points. Cranston Native Mike Dejesus also scored in double figures for the Knights with 12 points while hitting two 3-pointers. Freshman Adrian La Fleur (Sydney, Australia) was the facilitator for the Knights as he recorded a team high nine assists to go along with seven points.
CCRI Stats can be viewed on the NJCAA website, follow this link to go directly to the NJCAA page for our men’s basketball team.
The Knights next game is on Saturday when they travel to Portland, Maine to face off against the Seawolves Southern Maine Community College.
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.