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No. 8 Knights fall to Niagara 76-71
The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team continued their play in the Genesee Community College Holiday Classic in Batavia, NY on Sunday by playing the Thunderwolves of Niagara County Community College from Sanborn, NY. The Knights lost to the Thunderwolves 76-71. With the loss the Knights fall to 10-2 on the season.
Niagara County CC seized the opportunity to show their worth against a nationally ranked on Sunday. They came out playing great team basketball and making five first half 3-pointers that forced the Knights into a 35-27 hole at halftime. The Knights scratched and clawed their way back into the contest and tied the score 56-56 with 7:10 remaining in the game. The Knights got 17 second half points from leading scorer Desmond Williams(Torrington, CT) and eight second half points from Trevor Mabry (Norwich, CT) but the Knights could never pull ahead of the Thunderwolves. The Knights were playing without two starters point guard Bryan Yarce(Cranston, RI) and center Roger Livramento (Central Falls, RI) that combined with an outstanding effort from Niagara was just too much for the Knights to overcome.
The Knights were led by Desmond Williams who scored a team-high 21 points with eight rebounds and three assists. Williams was helped by Trevor Mabry with a double-double consisting of 13 points and 10 rebounds to go with three blocked shots followed by Anthony Henry (Danbury, CT) with 14 points and four rebounds. Rounding out the Knights’ attack was Tri-Captain Josh Perry (South Kingstown, RI) with seven points and four rebounds and Brandon Strawn (Longview, TX) with seven points and three rebounds.
Head Coach Rick Harris commented after the loss: “Frustrating game today as we did not play the team ball that we have become used to seeing from this group. It was nice to see some of our other players like Josh Perry,Brandon Strawn and Isaac Medeiros step up this weekend and take on larger roles. They helped us get a split against always strong competition.”
The Knights’ next game will be Tuesday December 13th when they will host Region XXI interdivisional foe Northern Essex Community College from Haverhill, MA at 6:00pm at the Vincent A. Cullen Fieldhouse located on the CCRI Knight Campus in Warwick.