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Knights survive battle vs. Bunker Hill 88-81!
The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team began hosting the 2012 CCRI Basketball Invitational on Saturday by hosting the Bulldogs of Bunker Hill Community College. The Knights defeated the Bulldogs 88-81. With the victory the Knights improve to 16-2 on the season.
The Knights found themselves trailing for a greater portion of the first half but broke through at the 16-minute mark to cut the margin to one point and then outscored Bunker Hill 10-3 over the last four minutes to go into the break leading 41-35. The Bulldogs would not lie down as they started the second half with tremendous intensity and cut the Knights’ lead to two points 43-41 behind the hot shooting of Richie Warren Jr. who scored a game-high 23 points. The Knights frontcourt answered with Isaac Medeiros (Johnston, RI) and Co-Captain Trevor Mabry (Norwich, CT) who both scored 11 second half points. The frontcourt and two clutch 3-pointers from Steve Bevilacqua (West Greenwich, RI) late in the second half helped hold-off the hard charging Bulldogs as the Knights escaped with the hard-fought 88-81 victory.
The Knights were led by Co-Captain Trevor Mabry scoring a team-high 17 points with six rebounds, two blocked shots and two steals and Desmond Williams (Torrington, CT) added 16 points, six blocked shots, three rebounds, two assists and two steals. Also helping the Knights was Isaac Medeiros with 14 points four rebounds and three steals, Bryan Yarce (Cranston, RI) with seven points and a game-high nine assists adding three steals and a blocked shot. Rounding out the Knights’ attack was Roger Livramento (Central Falls, RI) leading the Knights with 10 rebounds scoring six points with three blocked shots, Co-Captain Nick Maglio (Barrington, RI) with nine points and Steve Bevilacqua with six points on two clutch second half 3-pointers.
Head Coach Rick Harris commented after the game: “I was very happy with our team play. We got valuable contributions from all our players and we truly needed them. At this point in the season we are ‘the hunted’. We are receiving everyone’s ‘A’ game. We have earned this position but we have to give great effort and bring total team play in order to be successful. It keeps us on our toes, but it is a fun position to be in. It lets us know we have to keep getting better and better with each and every practice and game.”
The Knights have arguably their toughest test to date Sunday when they will face No. 7 ranked Division I powerhouse Mustangs of Monroe College from New Rochelle, NY Sunday at 6:00pm in the final game of the 2012 CCRI Basketball Invitational at the Vincent A. Cullen Fieldhouse located on the CCRI Knight Campus in Warwick.