Warwick, R.I. – November 12, 2015: The CCRI Knights Men’s basketball team traveled to Roxbury Community College Tuesday night to face off against the Tigers in a Region XXI matchup. The Knights took the lead early and held strong for the rest of the game to come away with the victory 80-69. The win improved the Knights record to 2-1 in overall play and Region XXI play.
The Knights defense really powered the team all game. The energy level was intense in the Knights zone defense that led to 16 turnovers by the opposition. The Knights were able to cause havoc, coming away with seven steals and four blocked shots. The Knights defense led to points and a big halftime lead. At the break the Knights had a commanding 49-29 lead.
Roxbury would not lie down easily on their home court though and flipped the momentum in the second half. Roxbury was able to chip away and eventually take a quick one point lead at 60-59. CCRI was able to get back under control and retake the lead 62-59 on a big three from Adrian La Fleur (Sydney, Australia). The Knights did not relinquish the lead after that and knocked down 11-12 free throws in the final four minutes to secure the win.
The Knights shot 45% from the field in the game and an impressive 82% from the charity stripe as they hit 23-28 free throw attempts. 11 Knights scored in the game with three hitting double figures. Freshman Tri-Captain Edvaldo Ferreira (Cape Verde) posted another double-double with 16 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks. La Fleur finished with four 3-pointers on his way to a team high 17 points. Josh Mann (Detroit, MI) chipped in 11 points and eight rebounds for the Knights.
Head Coach Rick Harris said this after the game, “Our team rebounding and defense were keys tonight. We played as a team and got a big road victory and spoiled Roxbury’s opening night.”
The Knights will go against another Region XXI opponent on Thursday when they travel to Groton, CT to play UConn Avery-Point at 8:00 pm.
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.