Knights Garner 95-86 Victory Versus Quincy Granite!
Warwick, R.I. – November 7, 2018: The CCRI Knights men's basketball team traveled to Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, MA for a Region XXI league game versus the Granite of Quincy College. The Knights overcame an early deficit to garner victory over the Granite 95-86. With the victory the Knights begin the season 1-0 overall and 1-0 in Region XXI play.
The hot shooting Granite, utilizing five first half three pointers, raced out to a 49-39 first half lead over the Knights. At the break Head Coach Rick Harris and his staff made some defensive adjustments to slow down the offensive attack of Darius Hyppolite who had scored 18 first half points on five 3-point shots. By shadowing Hyppolite he was limited to just two second half field goals.
That defensive concentration along with an emphasis on inside to outside offensive play allowed the Knights to regain the pace of the game. The Knights Frontcourt duo of 6'5" Franklin Udeh (Boston, MA) and 6'5" Oscar Iteji (Schenectady, NY) became very involved in the paint at the offensive end with Iteji scoring eight second half points. However, the bigger story was the Knights team balance and the all-around play of Knight sophomore guards Peter Wilson (Providence, RI) and Elijah Lewis (Bridgeport, CT) who scored 10 second half points apiece and controlled the tempo the way Coach Harris prefers. With solid half court execution the Knights shut off the Granite's running game and outscored the home team 56-37 to win by a final score of 95-86.
The Knights had four players in double figures led by sophomore Peter Wilson with a career-high effort of 30 points with three rebounds and an assist. Sophomore Oscar Iteji just missed a double-double and contributed 14 points and nine rebounds with three blocked shots. Freshman Elijah Lewis scored 10 points with eight rebounds, a game-high seven assists and five steals. Freshman Darren Robinson (Providence, RI) chipped in with nine points and a team leading 11 rebounds with two assists and a blocked shot and Jose Garcia (Boston, MA) added 12 points.
Coach Harris commented after the victory: "Very nice start of the season for our young men. Road wins against solid teams like Quincy are hard to come by. The comeback was a solid character builder for our team. Much work to do as we get ready for Thursday's home opener vs Ben Franklin."
The next game for the Knights will be Thursday the 8th when they host Ben Franklin Institute of technology for another Region XXI showdown beginning at 7pm.
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.