Knights Fall in Battle with the Bulldogs
Warwick, R.I. – November 21, 2018: The CCRI Knights men's basketball team hit the road to face the Bunker Hill Bulldogs on Tuesday evening. In a pre-Thanksgiving battle of division leaders, Bunker Hill took advantage of home court and outscored the visiting Knights 45-34 in the second half to take home the victory 72-63. The loss is the first of the season for the Knights and drops their overall season record to 4-1 with a Region XXI record of 4-1.
CCRI battled back after a slow start to take a two-point halftime lead 29-27. Late in the first half, CCRI lost sophomore Elijah Lewis (Bridgeport, CT) to a calf injury. Lewis had scored a joint team leading nine first half points with sophomore Peter Wilson (Providence, RI). His absence was felt in the second half as Wilson added 16 more points, but no other Knight registered more than five points in the second half. Bunker Hill found their rhythm, outscoring the Knights by 11 points, 45-34 in the second half. The Bulldogs scoring was led by three in double figures. Jonathan Cenescar and Craig Thompson both score 14 points while Jaelin Bellitti recorded 10 points.
CCRI was led by Peter Wilson scoring 25 points, five rebounds and three assists. Sophomore JC Santos (East Providence, RI) added nine points with seven rebounds, three assists and two steals. Elijah Lewis ended the game with nine points and one assist. Freshman Jason Palmer (Narragansett, RI) also put up nine points with an additional eight rebounds. From the bench, sophomore David Cabeceiras (Warwick, RI) snatched a team leading 11 rebounds while adding five points, one assist and a block.
Head Coach Rick Harris commented: "Frustrating night for the young Knights as we never seemed to get into a good rhythm. The way this team is built, everyone must do their job and work together. We never seemed to be on the same page tonight and it showed in the end result. We will learn from it and move forward. Looking forward to seeing how we respond Saturday against Nassau CC".
The CCRI Knights men's basketball team will next be in action on Saturday November 24th at 4 p.m. when they travel to face the Nassau CC Lions.
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England's largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 15,000 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.