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No. 5 Knights outscore No. 18 Massasoit 103-81!
The No. 5 ranked (NJCAA Division II men’s basketball poll 11/29/11) CCRI Knights men’s basketball team traveled to Massasoit Community College in Brockton, MA for their first Region XXI league game. The No. 5 ranked Knights defeated the No. 18 ranked Warriors of Massasoit CC 103-81. With the victory the Knights improve to 7-0 on the season, 3-0 in Region XXI play and 1-0 in their league (Region XXI Division II).
In their first game versus another nationally ranked program and in an important Region XXI Division II showdown the Knights improve to 7-0 with an impressive team effort. The Knights took their first lead 20-19 with 12:00 remaining in the first half and never trailed again as they went into halftime with a 52-43 lead. CCRI’s depth, inside game and total team play was just too much for Massasoit to overcome though they received a tremendous individual effort for the game’s high-scorer Ravon Dunbar with 33 points on the night. The Knights shot 55% from the field with 29 assists and just eight turnovers which helped them cruise in the second half to the 103-81 victory.
The “Dynamic Duo” of high school teammates Anthony Henry (Danbury, CT) and Desmond Williams (Torrington, CT) led the Knights. Henry had a team-high 25 points with eight rebounds, two assists and two steals while Williams had 21 points, including four 3-pointers, five assists, four rebounds and three steals. They were helped by Trevor Mabry (Norwich, CT) with a tremendous double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds while adding four assists while freshman point guard Bryan Yarce (Cranston, RI) orchestrated the Knights’ offense like a maestro with eight points, seven assists, three steals with just one turnover. Rounding out the Knight’s attack was Isaac Medeiros (Johnston, RI) with nine points, five rebounds, a steal and a block and Tri-Captain Nick Maglio(Barrington, RI) added eight points four assists, a steal and an offensive charge taken.
Head Coach Rick Harris commented after the win: “Easy game for me to coach. The players were in tune with each other as evidence by their 29 assists and just eight turnovers. Our 55% field goal percentage is a testament of our discipline in regards to execution. We just need to continue to build off this victory. We are just trying to get a little bit better each day!”
The Knights have not time to rest as they will travel to Monroe College in New Rochelle, NY this weekend to compete in the Monroe Mustang Invitational. On Saturday the Knights will face Monroe Community College from Rochester, NY at 5:00pm and Sunday they will face Division I power Harcum College from Bryn Mawr, PA at 5:00pm.