02.21.13: The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team hosted a must-win Region XXI league game on Thursday evening versus the Warriors of Massasoit Community College from Brockton, MA. The Knights defeated the Warriors 76-60. With the victory the Knights improve to 18-12 on the season and 11-3 in Region XXI play. In addition, CCRI qualifies for Region XXI Championship next Saturday March 2nd at Dean College in Franklin, MA at 1:00pm. The Knights will be looking to win their fifth Region XXI Championship in seven years.
Also on this night CCRI honored their five sophomores who were playing in their final home game at the Cullen Fieldhouse. The sophomores were: Rob Alers (Central Falls, RI), Co-Captain Steve Bevilacqua (Exeter, RI), Co-Captain Isaac Medeiros (Johnston, RI), Co-Captain Bryan Yarce (Cranston, RI) and Co-Captain Desmond Williams (Torrington, CT).
Sparked by freshman Chris Light's (Derry, NH) four 3-pointers the Knights outgunned the Warriors from Massasoit CC 76-60. Light buried two 3-pointers in the first half to propel the Knights to a 10 point lead 24-14 with 5:00 left in the first half. CCRI took a nine point lead into half time 35-26. The Knights played excellent zone defense in the second half and were able to stretch their lead to 15 points 56-41 at the 12:19 mark of the second half. From there a balanced scoring attack finished the game off for the Knights.
CCRI was led by sophomore Co-Captain Desmond Williams who scored a team-high 17 points with five rebounds, three steals and two assists while facing box and one pressure defense the entire game. Sophomore Co-Captain Isaac Medeiros scored 16 points while hauling in seven rebounds Medeiros was helped up front by freshman Elijah Okagbare (Bourne, MA) who added eight points and six rebounds. Sophomore Co-Captain Bryan Yarce scored 11 points and dished out 10 assists, and freshman Chris Light scored 14 points on four 3-pointers and an emphatic slam dunk late in the second half!
Head Coach Rick Harris commented after the big win: “Very satisfying to see our sophomores and 13 strong come up with a great performance tonight. Their 18th win of the season and 49th in two years was a great defensive effort (holding Massasoit who averages 74 points per game to 60) and the type that gives teams a chance to win championships. I am so happy to be able to continue working next week with our sophomores and the entire team as we prepare to go after our 5th New England Championship in the past seven years. We look forward to March 2nd when we have the opportunity to travel to Franklin, MA to take on Dean College. Just like tonight it will take 13 strong working for one common goal, to be the best we are capable of being.”
The Knights look forward to playing in the Region XXI championship to be held at Dean College in Franklin, MA Saturday March 2nd at 1:00pm.
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