Warwick, R.I. – January 19, 2016: The CCRI Knights basketball team traveled to wintery South Portland, Maine on Saturday to face off against Southern Maine Community College. The Knights failed to make the long trip worthwhile as they fell to the Seawolves by the score of 84-76. The loss puts the Knights record at 12-8 on the season.
The Knights started off well as they took a 16-8 lead just eight minutes into the action. The Knights then went ice cold from the field as they struggled to hit shots and quickly lost their lead. After their early lead, the Knights were outscored by the Seawolves 23-8 in the final 12 minutes of the half to head into the break down seven, 31-24. Head Coach Rick Harris said this at halftime, “We were as cold as the temp outside, and for that, we found ourselves stuck in a snowbank at halftime.”
The second half started just as the first half had as the Knights came out aggressive and quickly flipped the score around. The Knights aggressive defense in the 1-3-1 trap allowed them to create turnovers and get scores, eventually leading to a 57-47 lead CCRI. Once again though, déjà vu happened as the Seawolves got hot and the Knights did not.
Over the last 12 minutes, the home team went on an impressive 37-23 run that the Knights could not recover from this time. The Knights were unable to make a final push and dropped the game 84-76.
Adrian La Fleur (Sydney, Australia) had a big game for the Knights as he posted an impressive double-double with 17 points and 10 assists while adding six rebounds. La Fleur also connected on four 3-pointers while committing zero turnovers. Tri-Captain Edvaldo Ferreira (Cape Verde) had another big game for the Knights also as he dropped 19 on an efficient 8-11 from the field while grabbing eight rebounds and blocking nine shots.
Freshman Elijah Vazquez (Woonsocket, RI) netted 15 points as he knocked down five 3-pointers. Tri-Captains Jessy Taveras (Cranston, RI) and Joe Santiago (Willimantic, CT) both scored eight points for the Knights while Taveras added five assists.
Coach Harris added this after the game," It was a step back for our team today after winning four of our last five. Southern Maine won all the vital areas today. They beat us on the boards out rebounding us 40-28 and they also out executed us by getting better high percentage shots in crunch time. We will get some needed rest over the next couple of days and then begin preparing for a tough Northern Essex squad next Thursday night."
The Knights host the Knights of Northern Essex CC from Haverhill, MA Thursday at 6:00pm for a Region XXI non-league game at the Vincent A. Cullen Fieldhouse in Warwick.
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.