Warwick, R.I. – November 6, 2015: The CCRI Knights Basketball team picked up their first victory of the season on Thursday when they travelled to Fall River, MA to take on the Bayhawks of Bristol Community College. The Knights secured the victory by the score of 80-73 to improve to 1-1 on the year. The game was also a Region XXI matchup so the Knights also improved to 1-1 in region play.
The Knights knew they were in for a tough contest with the Bayhawks with BCC coming off a 77-73 road win at Quinsigamond CC Tuesday evening led by Providence product Jerrell Gomes who poured in 33 points. However, CCRI got off to a hot start in the first half but could not pull away from a scrappy BCC team. Freshman Tri-Captain Joe Santiago (Willimantic, CT) sparked the Knights in the first half with 11 points including two 3-pointers. The teams went into the half tied 34-34.
The Knights started the second half will full court defense on the Bayhawks to try and up the tempo of the game. The defense energized the Knights and led to key blocks from Tri-Captain Edvaldo Ferreira (Cape Verde) and sophomore Jordan Grant (New London, CT). The Knights defense held strong as they kept the lead throughout the second half leading to an 80-73 win. The Knights’ stifling defensive pressure applied by the trio of: Ferreira, Josh Mann (Detroit, MI) and Grant never allowed Gomes to get comfortable all night long.
Edvaldo Ferreira blocked six shots in the game while also leading the Knights charting his second double-double in two games including a game-high 19 points while adding 10 rebounds. Josh Mann also put up a double-double for the Knights posting 15 points and ripping down a game-high 12 rebounds. Tri-Captain Jessy Taveras (Cranston, RI) had a good all round game finishing with 13 points, four assists, two steals and making seven of eight free throws down the stretch and freshman Elijah Vazquez (Woonsocket, RI) also chipped in 10 points for the Knights.
Head Coach Rick Harris had this to say after the game, “I’m proud of the defensive effort my team put forth tonight. We played very well as a team and to win road games you must be strong in those areas.”
The Knights travel to Roxbury Crossing, MA on Tuesday night for a 7:00pm game against perennial regional power Roxbury Community College in a Region XXI non- league matchup.
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.
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