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Four Knights earn All-Region XXI hoop honors!
The CCRI Knights dream season came to and in the Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship game with a 70-60 loss to the National Champion Bears of Mott Community College from Flint. MI. However, four Knights earned All-Region XXI honors. They were: Co-Captain Trevor Mabry (Norwich, CT), Desmond Williams (Torrington, CT), Bryan Yarce (Cranston, RI) all making first team and Roger Livramento (Central Falls, RI) earned All-Region XXI Honorable Mention.
Sophomore Co-Captain Trevor Mabry was one of the frontcourt leaders for the Knights. Mabry earns All-Region XXI honors for the first time. Mabry averaged 9.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game to go along with 1.5 blocks per game ranking him No.45 in blocks in Division II men’s basketball. He charted over 10 rebounds 11 times while charting nine double-doubles in those contests among his 34 games played this season. Trevor has got a tremendous basketball frame with long arms, quick leaping ability which helps in his rebounding and blocked shot totals.
Freshman sensation Desmond Williams came into the season as a mid-major Division I recruit and has quickly elevated his stock to a high Division I talent. Williams charted double-digit scoring in 33 of his 35 games played with his season-high of 41 coming in the NJCAA Division II National Championship semi-final 83-78 victory over South Suburban College where he put up the ridiculous stat line of 41 points, nine steals and eight rebounds to lead the Knights to the National Championship game. Williams averaged 20. 6 points per game ranking him No. 17 in the Division II NJCAA men’s basketball while adding 3.1 steals to rank No. 10 in the NJCAA. Williams and backcourt mate Bryan Yarce where a formidable one-two punch and quite possibly the best back court in the Nation. Williams also averaged 2.7 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game to help the Knights. Desmond was named NJCAA Division II men’s basketball player of the week for the week of February 1st. He was also named to the All-Tournament team at the NJCAA National Tournament in Danville, IL, where he helped lead his to a second place finish.
Freshman Bryan Yarce, also known as “the General” for the way he leads the Knights offense. Yarce is one of the most secure ball handlers in the nation as evidence in his eye-popping four to one assists to turnover ratio with an amazing 233 assists to just 58 turnovers in 34 games played. One scout at the nationals when reading his line asked repeatedly “Is this right?!?...Wow!” Per game Yarce averages 6.9 assists to just 1.7 turnovers over five more assists than turnovers per game. Not only does Yarce covet the ball well, but he, along with his backcourt mate Williams are instrumental in forcing turnovers, averaging 2.7 steals per game to rank him No. 14 in nation in steals. Yarce is usually one of the smallest players on the court in stature but one who leaves the biggest impression often times without putting-up the big scoring line though he does score 7.6 points per game his main objective is to get the ball in the hands of the best scoring opportunity for the Knights. A task he accomplished with tremendous efficiency as a freshman.
Sophomore Roger Livramento was without a doubt the leader of the frontcourt for the Knights. Livramento was the only player in the state, for any school DI, DIII or Junior College to average a double-double 10.7 point and 11.2 rebounds. Livramento charted an amazing 17 double-doubles in 32 games played including every postseason game. He recorded 10 or more rebounds 20 times, 15 or more rebounds eight times and twice had over 20 rebounds! If the ball came off the basket Livramento got his hands on it. In addition, Livramento also averaged 1.9 blocks per game to rank him no.18 in the nation in that category. Roger was a dominating force on the inside for the Knights as well as being a very good mid-range shooter, which made hi m a tough match-up for the Knights’ opponents.
Knights’ Head Coach Rick Harris commented after coaching them in the Region XXI All-Star Game on Tuesday “Good time coaching the guys in the All-Star game one last time. Our guys were still recovering from the Nationals but had fun playing with their division rivals. Our DII All-Stars all seemed to enjoy the experience.”