Warwick, R.I. – November 21, 2017: The CCRI Knights welcomed Bunker Hill Community College to Vincent A. Cullen Fieldhouse on Monday for a Region XXI Battle. The Knights dropped the game in overtime 83-81, lowering their record to 2-4 on the season and 0-1 in region play.
The Knights fell behind early in the game and saw themselves in an 8-0 hole. Head Coach Rick Harris called a quick timeout and got the players refocused. The team responded, and was able to fight back to tie the game. The first half went back and forth, with the Knights continuing to shoot well and play tough defense. At the half, the game was knotted at 35.
The Knights in the second half had a strong showing, and were led by Josh Williams (Atlanta, GA). Williams taking over the game kept the Knights in it. The Knights continued to push until the end of regulation when it was knotted at 74. Heading into overtime, the Knights were without Williams who had fouled out. After a back and forth overtime period, the Knights found themselves down one with Bunker Hill shooting two free throws. After both free throws were missed, the Knights pushed the ball, but the defense was strong from Bunker Hill and the Knights turned the ball over with 1.7 seconds remaining. After a quick foul Drew Ferguson (West Greenwich, RI) got a shot off with 0.7 seconds remaining but it hit the rim and the Knights fell 83-81.
The Knights were led by Josh Williams, who tallied 25 points including three 3-pointers, six rebounds, five assists, and two steals. The second leading scorer was Justin Williams (Hartford, CT), who charted his first double-double scoring 14 points while converting on two key free throws late in regulation sending the game to overtime while adding 10 rebounds. Combo guard Peter Wilson (Providence, RI) and sharpshooter Dan Grzych (Providence, RI) both scored twelve points with Grzych scoring four 3-pointers. Wilson added eight rebounds, three assists, and three steals.
The Knights will be back in action next Thursday as they travel to take on Gateway at 8PM.
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