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Knights Run Past Rams 103-86!


Dylan Durante

Dylan Durante

Warwick, R.I. – November 18, 2019: The CCRI Knights men’s basketball hosted the Springfield Technical Community College Rams Saturday afternoon. Springfield came out pressing hard and took an early lead but the Knights pushed back and took the game 103-86. The win improves their season record to 3-2 record overall and 2-0 in Region XXI play.

Saturday afternoon offered the Knights the opportunity to push past the .500 mark on the season record and continue a solid start to their Region XXI campaign. The Springfield Tech Rams started the game well, pressing high up the court and scoring off of mistakes made by the CCRI ball carriers.

When the Knights got their bearings and slowed the ball down, their offensive abilities took over. CCRI held a confident 23-12 lead eight minutes into the action. The combination of driving to the hoop to overpower the Springfield Tech big men as well as kicking the ball out for uncontested three-pointers supplied a constant flow of offensive firepower and the Knights went into the locker room leading 60-43.

The Rams played solid on both sides of the court in the second half. Their defense slowed the CCRI attack and brought them back into the game. They scored level with the Knights in the last 20 minutes but the first half performance was enough for CCRI as they won the game 103-86.

The CCRI offense was led by sophomore sharp-shooter Dylan Durante (Johnston, RI) as he shot 8-9 from the floor, 4-4 from three-point range as he scored 20 points with two rebounds, one assist and one steal. Freshman Tyreek Davis (Torrington, CT) tallied 17 points, two rebounds, two assists and one steal off the bench. Freshman Mikey Gamble (Hartford, CT) registered 15 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and two steals. Sophomore co-captain Elijah Lewis (Bridgeport, CT) chipped in 12 points and seven rebounds. Freshman Mitchel Noresca (East Providence, RI) led the team under the basket again with 10 rebounds as he contributed a further eight points and one assist.

Head Coach Rick Harris commented: “Springfield did a very good job getting back into the game today, they played hard. We have to learn to play consistent defense as well as control the tempo of the game and those are things we will continue to work on. Overall though team was happy to win their Region XXI home opener. We had everyone contributing which was nice to see.”

The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team will next be in action on Tuesday, November 19th at 8:00 p.m. as they host the Gateway Community College Lions.

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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.