Warwick, R.I. – November 23, 2015: The CCRI Knights Men’s Basketball team traveled to the New Rochelle, NY on Saturday where they faced off against No. 15 ranked (NJCAA DII poll) Essex County College in the Monroe College Basketball Classic. The Knights did score an impressive 88 points, but were unable to stop Essex at all, allowing the Wolverines to score 111. The Knights dropped to 4-3 on the year with the 88-111 loss.
The Knights dug themselves a hole to start the game, getting down by double digits quickly. They were able to fight back and take a lead halfway through the first half. That was the last time the Knights would take the lead in the game as the Wolverines went on a run to close out the half and lead 57-47 at the break.
The lead kept growing for the Wolverines and the Knights just could not keep up with their size and scoring. The Wolverines had what Head Coach Rick Harris called “an NBA size frontcourt” with two players standing at 6’9" and a third at 6’8." The Knights were also once again without their best rebounder Edvaldo Ferreira (Cape Verde) who is out with an injury. The Knights relied on their 3-point shooting to counter the Wolverines size. The Knights shot well enough to hang around but not well enough to overcome 26 offensive rebounds by the Wolverines.
Sophomore Jordan Grant (New London, CT) had a great effort rebounding for the Knights as he finished with 11 boards to go along with his 12 points and two assists. Josh Mann (Detroit, MI) led the Knights in points with 18 and chipping in five boards. Sharpshooting Elijah Vazquez (Woonsocket, RI) had his fourth straight game with at least four 3-pointers as he hit four on his way to 12 points. Cranston native Mike DeJesus was able to put in 12 points on 3-4 shooting from downtown while adding two assists and two steals. Adrian La Fleur (Sydney, Australia) also hit three 3-pointers and posted a solid stat line with 11 points and seven rebounds.
Coach Harris had this to say after the game, “We play a tough schedule during the season and this week we played three very good teams. Hopefully our games versus Dean, Navy Prep and Essex will help us grow quicker and build up experience.”
The Knights next game is Tuesday December 1st at 7pm, following the Women’s game at 5. They will be at home against Massasoit in a Region XXI showdown.
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.