Warwick, R.I. – December 14, 2015: In the second game of the Cougar Holiday Classic for the Knights they faced off against an energetic Niagara County Community College team. The Thunderwolves were able to defeat the Knights by the score of 66-88, dropping the Knights season record 7-5 on the year.
The Thunderwolves opened the game with full court pressure on defense that rattled the Knights. The Knights young guards struggled to get the offense going and control the ball. They were forced into 17 first half turnovers, many of which led to easy lay ups for the T-Wolves. The Knights scrambled into halftime being doubled up by Niagara 22-44.
Most young teams would pack it in and admit defeat in this situation but the Knights did not. Even after losing the night before and down by 20 plus with knowing there was a 10 hour bus trip ahead for them, the Knights won the second half. They only committed five turnovers while scoring 44 points, winning the second half 44-41.
Adrian La Fleur (Sydney, Australia) led the Knights 11 point, connecting on three 3-pointers and adding four rebounds. Jordan Grant (New London, CT), Josh Mann (Detroit, MI) and Elijah Vazquez (Woonsocket, RI) each scored nine points for the Knights in the game. Mann added four board and three blocks while Vazquez knocked down three 3-pointers, adding three assists and three rebounds. Tri-Captain Jessy Taveras (Cranston, RI) added seven points and six assists. Tri-Captain Edvaldo Ferreira (Cape Verde) continued his double digit rebounding streak with 11 boards to make it 11 straight games, while also scoring eight points and swatting three shots.
Head Coach Rick Harris said this after the game, “This weekend helped our team develop our mental toughness, very proud of how we finished the tournament by outscoring Niagara 44-41 in the second half. The young men could have given up but they never did. This weekend we came up empty on the wins but came up big in the area of mental toughness development.”
The Knights will be home on Thursday night at 7:00pm when they will face off against Gateway Community College in the Vincent A. Cullen Fieldhouse on the Warwick, Campus.
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.