Warwick, R.I. – November 6, 2017: The Knights welcomes the Sharks of Suffolk County Community College to Vincent Cullen Fieldhouse in Warwick, RI on Saturday for their season opener. The Knights dropped the game 89-82 to drop their record to 0-1.
The Sharks came out of the gate quick. They were able to hit their shots and stretch the lead. In the first half, the Knights trailed by as much as 18 in the first half but were able to cut the lead to 11 at halftime, and only trailed 41-30.
In the second half, the Knights continued to fight to complete the comeback. With four minutes remaining in the game, J.C. Santos (East Providence, RI) was fouled and hit his first shot. On the second one, he grabbed his own rebound and was able to dish to Chris Garcia (Queens, NY), who put the ball in and drew a foul. The lead was cut to seven after the free throw. The Knights continued to push, but the sharpshooting of Suffolk County ended the comeback attempt. The Knights dropped the game 89-82.
The Knights were led by the freshman backcourt duo of J.C. Santos and Josh Williams (Atlanta, GA). They combined for 37 points with 21 and 16 respectively. Santos added three rebounds and two assists while Williams contributed four rebounds, four assists, and one block. Down low, Co-Captain Chris Garcia put together a strong performance. He finished with a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds and added one assist. Justin Williams (Hartford, CT) contributed nine points off the bench and Dan Grzych (Providence, RI) went 2-3 from three-point land off the bench tallying 6 points.
Head Coach Rick Harris was happy with the team’s effort, but not the result. He said, “not the end results we were hoping for but our guys played hard and we will continue to get better.” The team plans on practicing hard to fix the issues before their next game. The Knights will take on the Granite of Quincy College at 7pm on Tuesday, November 7th. Come out and support your Knights!
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The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 16,000 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.