Warwick, R.I. – January 27, 2017: The CCRI Men’s Basketball team traveled to Groton, CT to take on UConn-Avery Point on Thursday night. The Knights came home with a convincing victory, winning by 40 points. The final score was 100-60. The victory brings the Knights’ record to 13-8 overall and 6-1 in Region XXI play.
The Knights controlled the game from start to finish. From the beginning of the game, they were able to build a sizeable lead. Kevin Paygai (West Warwick, RI) and Grant Gillis (Jamestown, RI) led the Knights early, both scoring early and often to help extend the lead. The Knights were able to jump ahead early, and had built a 13-point lead within the first four minutes of the game. The Knights had built they lead, now they needed to maintain it. UCAP was able to go on a few runs, but the Knights were able to shut them down and continue scoring. By halftime, the Knights had opened up a 22-point lead.
The second half was much of the same for the Knights. They were able to use their stingy defense to keep UCAP from closing the lead. The Knights continued to score as well. With 10 minutes left in the half, the Knights had opened up the lead to 36, at 73-37. The Knights outscored UCAP 27-23 in the final 10 minutes to go on and win 100-60. This was the Knights’ fourth straight win and their third out of four game scoring 100 points.
The Knights had five players in double figures on the night. Darryl Flowers (Waterbury, CT) had a game high 17 points. Kevin Paygai had 13 points, while adding 10 steals, four assists, and four rebounds. Edvaldo Ferreira (Praia, Cape Verde) had a big night. While scoring 10 points, he had 14 rebounds and seven blocks. The seven blocks give him 207 on his career and he is currently ranked second in the nation for blocks. Jordan Jones (Worcester, MA) and Elijah Vazquez (Woonsocket, RI) rounded out the players in double figures, with 12 and 10 points respectively. The Knights were able to have every player who was active see the floor and to score on Thursday night.
Head Coach Rick Harris was pleased with the victory. He thought it was a “Good road victory at UConn AP.” All fourteen players worked hared and followed the game plan. It was nice to see everyone on the same page.” He also noted that the Knights are working to get better each day, and they are heading the right direction.
The Knights will play again on Saturday, January 28th. They will play the second part of a split double header. The Women’s team will play Orange County at 12pm, and the Men will follow with a game against Roxbury CC at 2pm. Both of these games will be streamed on.
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