01.01.13: The CCRI Knights men's basketball team traveled to beautiful Ft. Lauderdale, FL to end the 2012 year to compete at Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth, FL for two games versus top Division I opponents. In the first game the Knights took on 13-3 Manatees of the State College of Manatee-Sarasota Saturday afternoon. The Knights lost to the Manatees 87-76. With the loss the knights fall to 9-5 on the season.
The Manatees came into the game averaging 105.4 points per game, ranked second DI. CCRI did a great job controlling the tempo of the game as the game began behind the outstanding play of Co-Captain Point Guard Bryan Yarce (Cranston, RI). Yarce's 12 first half points and freshman center Patrick Marchand's (Cranston, RI) 10 points helped the Knights take a 45-44 lead into halftime . The Knights came out to start the second half and took leads of 53-47 and later 62-57 with 12:00 remaining in the game. The Manatees, however, continued to speed up the game and went ahead 74-70 with 5:30 left in the game. CCRI battled to the end and trailed by just five points 80-75 with 2:25 remaining. Down the stretch CCRI missed some key free throws and came up just short losing by the final score of 87-76.
The Knights were paced by Co-Captain Bryan Yarce who scored a game-high 26 points and dished out four assists and Co-Captain Desmond Williams (Torrington, CT) added 17 points with four assists, four rebounds and three steals. Also helping the Knights was Patrick Marchand who was outstanding with 16 points and seven rebounds and his frontcourt mate Co-Captain Isaac Medeiros (Johnston, RI) added eight points, eight rebounds and three assists.
Head Coach Rick Harris commented after the game "Our goal was to play hard and compete against a very good DI team and we did that tonight. We're disappointed in the loss but proud of how we played. We'll get another chance to compete against a very strong (16-0) DI team when we play Palm Beach State College tomorrow."
The Knights will face 16-0 and No. 6 ranked (NJCAA DI poll) Panthers of Palm Beach State College at 4:00pm on Sunday in Lake Worth, FL.
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.