The CCRI basketball teams have just completed their seasons and a few CCRI student-athletes have been named to their respective All-Region teams. Below is a brief recap of the Winter sports seasons along with a link to the basketball photo galleries. The Galleries currently available are: Women’s basketball: vs. Lincoln and Monroe Invite and Men’s basketball: vs. Lincoln and Monroe Invite. Gallery link: ccri.edu/athl/galleries/
The Knights had yet another solid season on the court, upsetting ASA in their final home game before losing to rival Dean College twice, the second of which coming in the Region Final, to close out the season.
CCRI had veteran leadership, with three co-captains leading the charge on the court. Anthony Jernigan (East Hartford, CT) had an impressive season, leading the Knights in points, assists, and steals per game (15.6/4.1/2.5). Pat Marchand (Cranston, RI) was a force in the paint in his sophomore campaign, leading the team in rebounds and blocks per game, while averaging the second most points per game (15.1/8.2/1.6). Despite battling through injuries early and late in the season, sophomore Anthony Henry (Danbury, CT) really came on in the middle of the season, scoring in double-figures in 11 of 12 games at one point. He was second on the team in rebounds and blocks and third on the team in scoring (9.9/6.3/1.3). For their efforts, Jernigan and Marchand both earned All-Region accolades.
Freshman Malieke Young (Providence, RI) provided a spark to the Knights’ lineup as well this season. His ability to shoot the three posed a threat to many opposing defenses. Young averaged 8.9 points per game, good for fourth on the team.
The Knights finished the season with an overall record of 18-13, including an impressive record of 12-3 on their home court. They also compiled a conference record of 9-4.
The Lady Knights only had six players for most of this season, but it didn’t matter. They capped off their season Saturday, making it all the way to the Region Semifinals before losing to the eventual champion, Monroe College, 83-70.
Much like the men’s team, the Lady Knights were led on the court by their sophomore co-captains. Allexia Barros (New Bedford, MA) scored in double-figures in every game that she played in this season, including scoring 20 or more points 14 times. Her 20.4 points per game led the Lady Knights, but she also chipped in with 6.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 2.3 steals per game as well. Ahnyyah Jackson (Hackensack, NJ) was equally impressive in her sophomore season. The co-captain averaged 19.1 points per game, which was good for second on the team. Jackson had nine games of 20 or more points this season. Barros ended her career with 988 points, ranking her second on the Knights’ all-time scoring list, while Jackson ranks eighth with 799 career points. Each earned All-Region accolades.
The Lady Knights also received big contributions from freshmen Jesse Ossian (Chandler, AZ) and Amber Edwards (Boston, MA). Ossian ran the show for the Knights and did a little bit of everything, averaging 11.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5.7 assists, and 2.6 steals per game. Edwards had to play more inside this season due to a lack of size on the team, but it benefitted the Lady Knights, as she averaged 11.5 points and a team-high 8.1 rebounds per game.
CCRI would be an advocate for quality over quantity, impressively finishing the season with an overall record of 16-9 and a conference record of 5-2 with just six players.
The Knights have completed their indoor track season with the USATFNE Championship held at Gordon Track Center on the campus of Harvard University.
Sophomore Colin Cabral (Cumberland, RI) was a standout for the Knights at all meets throwing the shot put. At the Roxbury open, Cabral finished fourth with a throw of 12.49m. However, that paled in comparison to his throw at the Wesleyan Invite, which set a new school record with a toss of 12.74m, finishing second overall in the event. Cabral capped off his season by finishing seventh at the USATFNE’s.
The Lady Knights were represented by Haley Beausoleil (Plainfield, CT), who won the 400m dash at the Wesleyan Invite with a time of 1 minute 02.21 seconds. Beausoleil also established a school record in the pole vault at Wesleyan with a 2.00m vault that put her in fourth. She then placed second in the 200m dash with a season-best time of 27.92 seconds. Shenelle Teixeira (Barrington, RI) placed third in the 400m dash with a solid time of 1:03.07 at the Wesleyan Invite. However, she starred at the USATFNE’s, setting a new school record in the 200m dash with a third place finish and a time of 26.77, topping her previously established record of 26.78. Teixeira also finished sixth in the 400m run.
The men’s runners also had a great deal of success, highlighted by three first place finishes at the Wesleyan Invite. Samson Olowoporoku (Osun-State, Nigeria) won the 200m dash and sophomore Daniel Duquette (North Attleboro, MA) won the 600m dash before they teamed up with Britton Laney (Pascoag, RI) and Joshua Rembert (Boston, MA) to win the 4x400m relay with a season-best time of 3:37.46.
The Knights and Lady Knights will next return to action for their outdoor season, which is set to begin on March 22 at Bridgewater State University.