Warwick, R.I. – January 22, 2016: The CCRI Knights basketball team hosted Region XXI non-league opponent Knights of Northern Essex Community College on Thursday night in a battle of Knights. CCRI was able to come away as the victorious Knights last night by defeating the visiting Knights 105-78. The win brings CCRI to 13-8 on the season along with a 10-2 Region XXI record.
The final score may not indicate it but this game was close the entire first half. CCRI only went into the break with a 50-47 lead. They had no trouble scoring the basketball but Northern Essex was able to keep up with them stride for stride. Matt Jameson had an impressive 17 first half points for Northern Essex as he knocked down five 3-pointers in the half. CCRI survived the flurry of 3-pointers thanks to double-digit points in the half from both Tri-Captain Edvaldo Ferreira (Cape Verde), 12 points, and Freshman Adrian La Fleur (Sydney, Australia), 11 points.
CCRI regrouped at halftime and the second half showed a much stronger focus on the defensive end. Above mentioned Jameson was the victim of the aggressive CCRI defense as his 17 point first half was followed by a goose egg in the second half (0 points). Thanks to the excellent defensive effort, CCRI went on a 29-12 run to start the half which was emphatically capped off by a fast break dunk from Sophomore Jordan Grant (New London, CT).
Grant’s dunk seemingly took the air out of the Northern Essex team as they looked worn out from the relentless CCRI attack. The Knights kept up their scoring pace and reached triple digits for the second time this season. CCRI outscored Northern Essex 55-31 in the second half for a plus 24 margin.
La Fleur finished with 16 points and five assists on the night. Josh Mann (Detroit, MI) had another strong game with 14 points and seven boards. Sharpshooting Elijah Vazquez (Woonsocket, RI) was a very efficient 4-6 from the 3-point line that led to his 14 points and he also added four rebounds and five assists.
Mike DeJesus (Cranston, RI) added 10 points while Grant added 12 points to go along with seven rebounds. Tri-Captain Jessy Taveras (Cranston, RI) was a facilitator once again for the Knights as he dropped eight dimes to go along with his six points.
Ferreira finished the game with another big stat line of 22 points matching his season high, while also adding the usual 12 rebounds and six blocks. It was Edvaldo’s 16th double-double on the season and also still leads NJCAA DII in both rebounds per game (13.9) and Blocks per game (4.9).
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 games this weekend at Suffolk County and Nassau County will be postponed due to the weather so the Knights next scheduled game is Saturday January 30th at 2pm when they host Globe College.
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