Warwick, R.I. – February 9, 2016: The CCRI Knights basketball team hosted Orange County Community College on Saturday at the Vin Cullen Fieldhouse. Orange County stole a victory from the Knights by defeating the home team in overtime 110-100. The loss drops the Knights to 13-9 on the season.
The Knights got off to a hot start in the game behind baskets from Freshman Adrian La Fleur (Sydney, Australia) who was feeling it from deep as he connected on four first half 3-pointers to lead the Knights with 12 points at the half. Tri-Captain Edvaldo Ferreira (Cape Verde) also helped build the Knights early lead with eight first half pints of his own. The Knights held a lead wire to wire in the first half as they went into the break with an eight point advantage, 37-29.
The second half saw the Knights lead grow to as much as 17. The Knights stayed hot as they were able to keep up their scoring to hold the lead. On the other end of the floor though, the Knights defense was starting to unravel. The game turned into a shooting match as both teams flew up and down the court, leaving defense to be played maybe some other time. The Knights had a 61-44 lead with 12 minutes left in the half. The visiting team then went on a 48-24 run in the next 10 minutes to actually take the lead 87-85. The Knights tied the game with about a minute to go at 87-87and then a big 3-pointer from La Fleur gave the Knights a 90-87 lead with 14 seconds left. Orange was able to respond with a 3-pointer of their own in the final seconds to send the game into overtime.
Most games stay close throughout overtime with both teams tired and beat up. Not in this case though, instead Orange County’s Tyvon Cooper scored an incredible 16 points in the FIVE minute overtime. The Knights could not find an answer for Cooper and lost the game 110-100. Cooper finished with a game high 38 points, 35 coming after halftime, while teammate Austin Stoeckel finished with 31 points, 24 of those also coming after halftime.
Adrian La Fleur finished with a team high and season high 28 points. He drained seven 3-pointers while adding six assists and five steals. La Fleur was an efficient 7-12 from deep and 10-16 overall from the field.
It’s become a normal thing for Freshman Edvaldo Ferreira to post a double-double as he did just that but did it with an impressive 18 points and 19 rebounds, while adding eight blocks to his massive stat line. The double-double was his 17th of the season, and also helped him keep his nation leading rebound per game average at 14.2. He still also leads the nation in blocks per game with 5.1.
Elijah Vazquez (Woonsocket, RI) finished with 13 points, four steals and six assists, while Josh Mann (Detroit, MI) also added 13 points of his own to go along with four boards and two blocks. Sophomore Mike DeJesus (Cranston, RI) finished with 12 points and three assists while connecting on 2-4 from downtown.
Head Coach Rick Harris had this to say about the game, "This game is an example that you must play a complete game to defeat good teams. We played superbly for 65 % of the game but did not do the defensive things and basketball IQ things necessary to complete the job. We lacked in the area of mental toughness down the stretch as well and Orange County being a good team took advantage of this. All we can do is regroup and attempt to learn from the tough loss. I hope to see our young men take this overtime loss and become more determined in our remaining important Region XXI matchups."
The Knights travel to Wellesley Hills, MA to play the Buccaneers of Mass Bay Community College Tuesday night for a 7:00pm Region XXI non-league matchup.
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 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.