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Knights’ defense stops Central Maine CC 69-48!
The No. 13 ranked (NJCAA DII men’s basketball poll) CCRI Knights men’s basketball team battled through the snow to travel to Auburn, ME to play the Mustangs of Central Maine Community College on Saturday. The Knights defeated the Mustangs 69-48. With the victory the knights improve to 18-3 on the season.
It took the Knights about a half to adjust to the boisterous Mustangs’ crowd and scrappy and borderline aggressive actions of the Mustangs’ players. However, the Knights did go into halftime with a slim 32-26 lead. Due to the advantage of the Knights talent wise the referees let the second half to be played quite physically by the home team. However the Knights are used to playing physically and used it to their advantage to make an 11-0 run to begin the second half to take a 43-26 lead. The Knights utilized pressure full court defense to fuel their run. The defensive pressure combined with a two 3-pointers by Desmond Williams (Torrington, CT) helped build up the Knights’ lead to 20 points 50-30 with just 13:32 remaining from there the Knights coasted to their 18th victory by the score of 69-48.
The Knights were led by Desmond Williams who scored a game-high 19 points on 7-14 shooting from the floor and 4-6 from behind the 3-point arc and Roger Livramento (Central Falls, RI) added another double-double consisting of 15 points and a game-high 10 rebounds to go with three blocked shots and two steals. Also playing well for the Knights was Isaac Medeiros (Johnston, RI) scoring eight points six rebounds and two blocked shots and Bryan Yarce (Cranston, RI) had three points while dishing-out eight assist and swiping three steals. Rounding out the Knights top performers was Co-Captain Trevor Mabry (Norwich, CT) who added seven points, seven rebounds and a blocked shot and Keith Lackerson (Brooklyn, NY) added six points, five steals and three rebounds.
Head Coach Rick Harris commented after the game “Tough day for our young men. Actually our hats are off to our bus driver Glen from MDT for safely transporting us to and from the game through the snowy conditions. Basketball wise we needed to be on guard throughout this game for Central Maine’s rough and sometimes dirty tactics. Overall our guys did a commendable job. The game itself once again saw our capabilities when we focus on defense and playing team ball. These two things give us a chance to become the team we hope to be.”
The Knights’ next game will be this Thursday the 26th at 7:00pm when they will host the No. 3 ranked (NJCAA DIII Poll) Tigers of Roxbury Community College from Roxbury, MA at the Vincent A. Cullen Fieldhouse located on the CCRI Knight Campus in Warwick.