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No. 11 Knights’ defense too much for Orange County!
The No. 11 ranked (NJCAA Division II men’s basketball poll) CCRI Knights men’s basketball team hosted the Colts of Orange County Community College on Saturday. The Knights defeated the Colts 74-54. With the victory the Knights improve to 6-0 on the season.
This game was a defensive battle between the No. 1 defensive team in the nation (NJCAA Division II statistics) CCRI allowing just 51.2 points per game and the No.2 defensive team Orange County allowing just 55.6 points per game coming into the contest. That is just what it was with neither team able to get their offenses clicking early in the game with the game tied at 2-2 for the first four minutes. However, both teams were able to adjust and get some offense going in the first half with the Knights going into the break with a narrow 30-24 lead. In the second half the Knights extended their lead to 12 points before Orange used their defense to battle back within five points with the score 48-43 with just 9:01 left in the game. Anthony Henry (Danbury, CT) sank a clutch 3-pointer to give the Knights a 51-43 lead. The Knights then went on a 9-2 run to take a 60-45 lead. From there the Knights’ multiple defenses and fresh legs were able to hold off the Colts as the Knights cruised to the 74-54 victory.
Eleven players scored for the Knights in their victory led by Desmond Williams (Torrington, CT) with 22 points, including 3-4 shooting from the 3-point arc with six steals, five assists and three blocked shots. Williams was assisted by Bryan Yarce (Cranston, RI) who ran the point flawlessly with eight points, eight steals and five assists and Isaac Medeiros (Johnston, RI) who chipped in with 10 points, five rebounds and a blocked shot. Rounding out the Knights’ attack was Anthony Henry with nine points, five rebounds, four assists and a steal while Co-Captain Nick Maglio(Barrington, RI) added eight points including two 3-pointers and Trevor Mabry (Norwich, CT) led the Knights with eight rebounds while scoring four points with two blocked shots.
Head Coach Rick Harris commented after the game “Good perseverance by our guys. Got off to a slow start but we got away from playing ‘hero ball’ in the second half as evidence by the 13 second half assists compared to just five in the first half. When we play as a team we give ourselves a great chance of being the best team we can possibly be.”
The Knights next game will be this Thursday when they travel to Brockton, MA to play the undefeated Warriors of Massasoit Community College (5-0) in a Region XXI Division II showdown.