01.09.13: The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team traveled to Valhalla, NY to play the Division I Vikings of Westchester Community College. The Knights lost to the Vikings 90-69. With the loss the Knights fall to 10-7 on the season.
The Knights caught the Vikings on a very hot shooting night and lost a 90-69 decision on the road to a very tough Division I opponent. The Vikings rode hot shooting to jump out to a quick lead which they extended to 20 points, 48-28 by halftime. To their credit the Knights played the Vikings evenly in the second half and never gave up the fight. Unfortunately the slow started sealed their fate as they lost by the final score of 90-69.
Knights’ First Team All-American and Co-Captain Desmond Williams (Torrington, CT) led all scorers with a game-high 30 points, including two 3-pointers with six rebounds, three assists, two blocked shots and a steal. Williams was helped by fellow Co-Captain Isaac Medeiros (Johnston, RI) who scored 18 points and led the Knights with seven rebounds and also added two blocked shots. Co-Captain Bryan Yarce (Cranston, RI) added six points and four assist and Rob Hazard (North Providence, RI) got the start and also added six points, two assists and two steals.
Head Coach Rick Harris commented after the game: “We came out sluggish tonight against a team that was ready and eager to play. To the team’s credit they never stopped playing hard and they worked as hard as they could, right to the final buzzer. That shows the character of this team.”
The Knights next game will be this weekend when they will host the 2013 CCRI Invitational. On Saturday the Knights will face Mass Bay Community College from Framingham, MA at 7:00pm and on Sunday they will face Division I powerhouse Monroe College from New Rochelle, NY. At 6:00pm
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