Warwick, R.I. – December 12, 2016: The CCRI Knights Men’s Basketball team traveled to Batavia, NY to participate in the Cougar Holiday Classic hosted by Genesee Community College. The Knights played two games over the weekend, with the first being against the hosts. Genesee was able to beat the Knights 91-80 on their home court. The loss dropped the Knights record to 6-3 on the year.
The Knights had a long travel day, but were able to compete with Genesee. Starting strong, the Knights jumped out to an early lead against the Cougars. They continued to work hard offensively and defensively in order to maintain the lead going into the half. The lead was cut to five at 44-39 at half, but the Knights had the control of the game. In the first half, the Knights were led by Grant Gillis (Jamestown, RI) and Edvaldo Ferreira (Praia, Cape Verde), who each had eight points.
The Knights continued to work hard offensively and defensively in the second half. The Knights came out looking to maintain their lead. They were able to maintain their offensive efficiency, but were unable to control Genesee’s attack. The Knights defense was unable to stop the Cougars lethal attack during the second half, surrendering 52 points to the hosts. The Knights worked hard, but were unable to fight their way back into the game, resulting in a final score of 91-80.
The Knights had four players who scored double figures in the game. Grant Gillis was the high scorer for the Knights with 13 points. He also had 10 rebounds and three blocks, giving him a double-double for the game. Edvaldo Ferreira ended with 12 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, and two blocks. Darryl Flowers (Waterbury, CT), who earned a start after multiple impressive performances off the bench, tallied 12 points to go along with his three rebounds and two assists. Kevin Paygai (West Warwick, RI) had 10 points, three assist, two rebounds, and two steals.
The Knights had a good game but were unable to come out with the victory. After the game, the Knights made sure to rest up in preparation for their game on Sunday against Niagara County, the second game they would play in the tournament.
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