Warwick, R.I. – February 18, 2016: The CCRI Knights squared off against Region XXI rival Dean College on Wednesday night in their second matchup of the season. The Knights and Bulldogs took an extra five minutes of overtime to decide this game and in the end the visiting Bulldogs took the win 104-100. The loss drops the Knights record to 15-11 on the year and 12-3 in Region XXI play.
The game was also sophomore day for the Knights as coaches, staff and fans honored the three sophomores for the Knight. Josh Mann (Detroit, MI) was a transfer sophomore for the Knights who has season averages of 11.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Mike DeJesus (Cranston, RI) and Jordan Grant (New London, CT) are both two year players for the Knights. DeJesus has averaged 6.8 points on the year for the Knights as he been a consistent scorer off the bench. Grant has shown flashes his athleticism on the year with his impressive dunks while putting up season averages of 8.2 points and 5.6 rebounds while also being a boost off the bench all year.
The entire game was a battle from start to finish. Neither team took a big lead as they traded buckets for the full 45 minutes. Cranston native Mike DeJesus was a big spark for the Knights in the first half. DeJesus knocked down three 3-pointers on his way to 14 first half points that all came in about a seven minute span. The Knights went into the half tied at 41 with the Bulldogs.
The second half was more of the same back and forth play. Both teams stayed hot but struggled to get stops defensively. The Knights biggest struggles on defense arrived when the shot blocking Edvaldo Ferreira (Cape Verde) found himself in foul trouble on some questionable calls by the refs. Adrian La Fleur (Sydney, Australia) was able to carry the Knights offensively in the second half. La Fleur knocked down some timely 3-pointers on his way to 17 second half points that helped pull the Knights into overtime with the score tied up at 87.
The Knights took their first lead in overtime on a big 3-pointer by Joe Santiago (Willimantic, CT). The Knights then went down by six, failing to get crucial defensive stops. La Fleur then knocked down a three to cut the lead in half down to three. The Knights then got a big stop on D but made an errant pass on the inbound and gave the ball right back to Dean who then scored to put the lead back to five. The Knights could not bounce back from that and fell 104-100.
La Fleur lead the way for the Knights with 27 points on 4-10 shooting from beyond the arc. He also added seven assists and four rebounds to fill out his stat line. La Fleur was huge in the second half and overtime as he scored 23 points in that timeframe.
Edvaldo Ferreira dropped 17 points, eight rebounds and five blocks in the game despite the tough foul trouble he was caught in. DeJesus finished with 17 points on 3-6 shooting from downtown while adding three rebounds. Elijah Vazquez (Woonsocket, RI) dropped 13 points while adding two steals and five boards.
Josh Mann and Jordan Grant both stepped up in the paint as Grant finished with 11 points and six boards while Mann dropped 12 and six. Grant also added three assists and 5-5 from the charity stripe.
CCRI Stats can be viewed on the NJCAA website, follow this link to go directly to the NJCAA page for our men’s basketball team.
The Knights next game is Tuesday night when they will travel to Dean to face off for the third time this season. The game is at 7:00pm in Franklin, MA.
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.