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Livramento lifts No. 8 Knights over Dean 72-62!
The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team hosted the Bulldogs of Dean College from Franklin, MA on Wednesday night for their second Region XXI league game. The Knights defeated Bulldogs 72-62. With the victory the Knights improve to 9-1 on the season and 4-0 in Region XXI play.
The Knights had a tough time getting out of the gates as Dean College kept a lead for the entire first half. The Bulldogs used the 3-point shot and tremendous defensive pressure to keep the Knights off balance. Dean went into the half with a six point lead 33-27. In the second half the Knights still found themselves trailing early but Coach Harris sub in his second unit which gave them a spark. The Knights took their first lead at the 9:20 mark of the second half 46-44 on two free throws by Anthony Henry (Danbury, CT). From there the Knights pulled away to outscore the Bulldogs 26-18 for the 72-62 victory.
The Knights were led by Rogerio Livramento (Central Falls, RI) who had a crazy double-double consisting of 20 points, including a 3-pointer, 21 rebounds to go with four emphatic blocked shots while adding three steals and two assists. Livramento was helped by Anthony Henry who scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half to go with five rebounds and two steals and Desmond Williams(Torrington, CT) who had 13 points, including three 3-pointers, with two assists and a blocked shot. Rounding out the Knights’ attack was Bryan Yarce(Cranston, RI) who once again ran the offense with peak efficiency with five points, eight assists and swiping four steals while Isaac Medeiros (Johnston, RI) led the second unit providing tremendous intensity while ripping down four boards to go with a blocked shot, steal and assist and Trevor Mabry (Norwich, CT) helped Livramento intimidate the Bulldogs inside with three blocked shots adding a charge taken, two rebounds and three points.
Head Coach Rick Harris commented after the big regional win: “As expected Dean gave us all we could handle tonight. I give credit to our guys for willing ourselves to victory. Our second unit came in early in the second half and helped establish the tempo where we needed to play. Once we came back with our first unit trailing by just three points, our fresh legs proved to be the difference in my mind. As I told the young men, good teams find ways to win when they are not playing their best basketball. Tonight we gutted one out and I am pleased with our total team effort which enabled us to do that.”
The Knights will travel to Genesee Community College in Batavia, NY this weekend to take part in the Cougar Holiday Classic. On Saturday they will face hosting school Genesee CC at 8:00pm and Sunday they will face Niagara Community College at 1:00pm.