The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team hosted the Red Hawks of LaGuardia Community College from Long Island City, NY for their first round game of the of the 2013 CCRI Holiday Classic Tournament on Friday evening. The Knights defeated the Red Hawks 94-88. With the victory the Knights improve to 10-5 on the season.
The Knights used a stifling press and effective zone defense to control the tempo and hold the Red Hawks to 31 half time points, taking a 46-31 lead into halftime. That defensive intensity continued into the second half as the Knights upped the lead over 20 late in the game. To the Red Hawks’ credit, they never gave-up and chipped away at the lead to get it down to six points by the end of the game. The Knights still won 94-88.
CCRI had four players score in double-figures led by Co-Captain Pat Marchand (Cranston, RI) who scored 25 points with eight rebounds, four blocked shots and three assists followed by Malieke Young (Providence, RI) with 19, including three 3-pointers with two assists two steals and a blocked shot. Point guard Anthony Jernigan (East Hartford, CT) came off the bench to score 16 points with four assists and Co-Captain Anthony Henry (Danbury, CT) had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds while adding three assists, two steals and two blocked shots.
After the game Head Coach Rick Harris commented, "This was another nice win against an opponent who would not back down after being down by as many as 20 points. It taught our team that you can never stop playing hard. We were able to play all 13 dressed players tonight and get the reserves some valuable playing experience in a tight game. Now we look forward to the challenge of playing a very good DI team in Westchester."
The Knights will face-off against the high-powered Division I Vikings of Westchester Community College form Valhalla, NY Saturday at 2:00pm.
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.