Knights Negate Northern Essex 114-75!
Warwick, R.I. – November 14, 2018: The CCRI Knights men's basketball team traveled to Haverhill, MA to face the Knights of Northern Essex Community College. CCRI's offense continued putting up large numbers as they posted 63 second half points in route to a 115-75 win. The win keeps the Knights season record perfect at 4-0 with a Region XXI record of 4-0 as well.
The CCRI Knights were faced with another high scoring offense by the name of the Knights in Northern Essex. CCRI would seize the early lead, as large as 34-7. Northern Essex would battle back, scoring 10 unanswered points to push the score to 34-17. The charge continued and CCRI's lead lessened to 10 points at halftime, 51-41.
CCRI came out of the locker room with some defensive adjustments and offensive directions to raise the tempo and more efficiently press the opponents. The patience with the ball unhinged the Northern Essex defense and CCRI would outscore their opponents 63-34 in the second half as a result.
For the second game in a row, CCRI had five players in double digits for scoring. Leading the line was sophomore JC Santos (East Providence, RI) with 20 points, seven assists, two rebounds and one steal. Sophomore Peter Wilson (Providence, RI) racked up 18 points with five assists, three steals and two rebounds. Freshman Jason Palmer (Narragansett, RI) tallied 13 points with five rebounds and four steals. Also, with 13 points was freshman Dylan Durante (Johnston, RI), he registered an additional five rebounds and three steals. Freshman Darren Robinson (Providence, RI) posted 11 points with five rebounds, three assists, three blocks and a steal.
Head Coach Rick Harris commented: "Our UConn press dictated the second half tempo and led to many high percentage scoring opportunities. When we focus at the defensive end and share the ball (25 assists with just five turnovers) good things will often happen. Also, without our big men, Franklin Udeh (Boston, MA) and Oscar Iteji (Schenectady, NY) we were a little quicker as a team. The guys were very excited about the opportunity to play some small ball. Fun to watch their speed and outstanding three-point shooting, But I will look forward to getting our two injured big men back into the lineup in the near future"
The Knights will next be in action on Thursday November 15th as they host the UConn Avery Point Pointers at 8 pm.
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.