02.12.13: The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team hosted the Bees of Bristol Community College from Fall River, MA on Tuesday evening for a Region XXI non-league game. The Knights defeated the Bees 94-69. With the victory the Knights improve to 17-10 overall and 10-2 in Region XXI play.
The Knights started out fast and kept up that pace throughout the first half going up by 12 points with the score 20-8 with 12:09 remaining in the half. CCRI increased that lead to 17 points, 38-21 with 5:30 to go and ended that half up 47-29. The second half started much like the first as the Knights increased the lead to 22 points, 60-38 after only five minutes of play. They never looked back from that point even though BCC continued to play hard but ultimately fell by the final score of 94-69.
The Knights used a balanced scoring attack with 11 players getting into the scoring column with four players scoring in double-figures. Leading the charge was Co-Captain Desmond Williams (Torrington, CT) with 24 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals followed by Co-Captain Isaac Medeiros (Johnston, RI) who had 16 points and game-high eight rebounds. Also playing very well was Jerome Harris (Hartford, CT) scoring 12 including shooting 3-4 from beyond the 3-point arc while ripping down seven rebounds and dishing out two assists and Co-Captain Bryan Yarce (Cranston, RI) added 10 points, a game-high eight assists three steals and two blocked shots.
After the game Head Coach Rick Harris commented: "This was a nice solid performance by the team tonight. We played intensely on defense and used that to create easy scoring opportunities. We also shared the ball as evidenced by our 21 assists. The team is really getting what they've been taught all year - playing as a cohesive unit with our talent is going to make us a very tough team to beat. These guys are fun to coach and be around every day. I'm looking forward to these last three games, two of which are against our Region XXI rivals Dean and Massasoit."
The Knights will travel to Franklin, MA to play Region XXI rival Dean College this Thursday at 6:00pm in pivotal Region XXI league game. The Lady Knights will face Dean at 8:00pm as part of their annual “Think Pink” breast cancer awareness night.
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 18,000 students in credit courses and thousands more in non-credit and job training classes. Its athletic program boasts 12 varsity programs and an academic support program for all student-athletes.