The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team continued play in the 2013 Monroe College Tipp-off Tournament by playing the Cougars of Frederick Community College form Frederick, MD. The Knights defeated the Cougars 97-75. With the victory the Knights improve to 5-1 on the season.
The Knights controlled the game from the opening tip through the final buzzer after their first loss of the season to Monroe Community College on Saturday. They took out their frustration on the Cougars of Frederick CC. The Knights took a 13 point lead into halftime 50-37. The Knights extended their lead to as many as 30 points I the second half before getting some of the bench player into the game to earn valuable game experience early in the season. The Knights still comfortably won the game 97-75 in runaway fashion.
Leading the way for the Knights was sophomore point guard Anthony Jernigan (East Hartford, CT) who led the Knights both games in scoring for the weekend. On Sunday Jernigan charted 20 points including two 3-pointers and 8-9 shooting from the charity stripe while dishing out a game-high seven assists, with three steals. He was helped by freshman point guard Billy Soriano (Providence, RI) with 21 points with three 3-pointers and four assists and shooting guard Malieke Young (Providence, RI) who scored 16 points including an impressive 4-6 shooting from beyond the 3-point arc. Also helping the Knights was Johnson Weah (Providence, RI) with eight points and three rebounds and Captain Anthony Henry (Danbury, CT) added six points and seven rebounds to the Knights’ attack.
Head Coach Rick Harris commented after the game: ‘The team showed its character by playing so well yesterday after Saturday’s loss. The intensity with which we played our full court press took Frederick out of the game early and out 3 point shooting, especially after making steals, really boosted our confidence. It was another nice team victory as we shared the ball on offense which got everyone involved in the game.”
The next game for the Knights will be Tuesday at 7:00pm when they will travel to Groton, CT to play the Pointers of UConn-Avery Point for a Region XXI non-league game.
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