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Knights score final 16 points to nail Nassau 71-63!


Desmond WilliamsDesmond Williams

The No. 11 ranked CCRI Knights men’s basketball team traveled to Garden City, NY to play the Lions of Nassau Community College.  The Knights defeated the Lions 71-63.  With the victory, the Knights improve to 19-4 on the season. 

 Trailing for most of the first half, the Knights took a 30-28 lead on a Keith Lackerson (Brooklyn, NY) 3-pointer as the shot clock expired. Nassau responded with their own 3-pointer before Isaac Medeiros (Johnston, RI) made a put-back of a missed shot just before the halftime buzzer giving the Knights a 32-31 halftime lead.

 The second half saw Nassau County begin to extend their lead to 63-55 with just 3:47 remaining in the game. From there Desmond Williams (Torrington, CT) hit a huge 25-foot 3-pointer cutting the lead to 63-60 with 2:59 showing on the game clock.  CCRI had gotten back into the game after a timeout and began playing intense full-court and half-court man-to-man defenses which gave them newfound energy. This new found enthusiasm and aggressiveness continued to pay-off as they battled back to tie the game 63-63 on a Roger Livramento (Central Falls, RI) free throw with 1:59 left. The Knights closed the game with another eight-point run to secure the 71-63 victory. In total, the Knights went on a 16-0 run over the final 3:47 of the game. 

 Leading the way for the Knights was their backcourt tandem of Desmond Williams and Bryan Yarce (Cranston, RI).  Williams scored a game-high 22 points while causing havoc in the backcourt with a game-high seven steals.  Yarce scored a career-high 16 points while adding six assists and swiping three steals of his own. Also helping the Knights was Isaac Medeiros (Johnston, RI) who added 11 points, five rebounds and two blocked shots, his frontcourt mates Co-Captain Chris Canino (Hartford, CT) and Roger Livramento both contributed nine big rebounds apiece while Keith Lackerson stepped-up in a big way in his return to the New York area with nine points, six rebounds, and three blocked shots.

 Head Coach Rick Harris commented after the big comeback victory: “A remarkable finish for our young men today. After the Celtics comeback from a 27-point deficit against the Magic this week, our guys believed they could pull this game off. In the timeout, I told them to chip away with our defensive play one trip at a time. They came together and played some inspired team defense and finally, our offensive game began to click. For most of the game we appeared to be moving very slow in beach stand, but the game ended up being one of the most satisfying come from behind victories I have been involved in as a coach. It is a game that will surely help us to continue to grow as a team both confidence wise and chemistry wise. Hope to see the same inspiring play when we take on Suffolk County Sunday!”

The Knights travel to Seldon, NY to play the Sharks of Suffolk County Community College on Sunday at 2:00pm.

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