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Knights outshot by Roxbury CC to fall 78-60
The No. 11 ranked (NJCAA DII poll) CCRI Knights men’s basketball team hosted the No. 3 ranked (NJCAA DIII poll) Tigers of Roxbury Community College form Roxbury, MA on Thursday I another match-up of top Region XXI teams. The Knights fell to the Tigers 78-60. With the loss the Knights fall to18-4 on the season and 7-1 in Region XXI play.
The Knights knew they would be in for a battle playing the No. 3 ranked Tigers whom came into the game with a sterling 14-1 record only losing a 69-67 affair at Massasoit a week ago. Making matters worse they were playing without their leading scorer Desmond Williams (Torrington, CT). The Tigers shot the lights out going 8-13 form behind the 3-point arc and 26-52 from the field which made for a very difficult game for the Knights. To counteract the hot shooting of Roxbury the Knights tried to establish a strong inside game which seemed to work as the game began the Knights had a 12-9 lead at the 13:42 mark. Roxbury tied the Score on a 3-pointer by Charlie Nedd-Araujo making the score 15-15, Araujo sank another 3-pointer to give them the lead and they never looked back. Araujo came into the game leading DIII in 3-point field goal percentage shooting an amazing 58% (49 of 85) from behind the arc. Roxbury went into the break with a 42-30 lead, thanks in large part to eight 3-pointers, four by Araujo and three by Jeff Hall (who shoots 44% on the season from 3-pointland) who led the game with 21 points. In the second half the Knights cut the Tiger lead to six points multiple times but could not get over the hump as they fell by the final score of 78-60.
The Knights were led by Isaac Medeiros (Johnston, RI) who scored a team-high 13 points with eight rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot and Roger Livramento (Central Falls, RI) added a double-double consisting of 10 points 11 rebounds while adding four blocked shots. Also helping the Knights was Co-Captain Trevor Mabry (Norwich, CT) with 12 points, six rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot, Bryan Yarce (Cranston, RI) added five points and eight assists, and Steve Bevilacqua (West Greenwich, RI) added seven points including two 3-pointers.
Head Coach Rick Harris commented after the game: “Tonight a piece of our puzzle was missing and we could not overcome that due to Roxbury having a great shooting night. We cannot give up 78 points and expect to win against good teams like Roxbury. Our medicine is to get in a good workout on Friday and get back to the court Saturday versus Nassau. I am sure each of our team members feels the same way.”