Warwick, R.I. – March 6, 2017: The CCRI Knights took on the No. 19 ranked (NJCAA DII poll) Thunderwolves of Niagara County Community College on Saturday in the semifinals of the District II tournament. The Knights fell to the Thunderwolves after a great performance all around. The final score on the day was 70-59.
The first half was a back and forth affair between the two teams. Both teams were shooting the ball well, as well as playing strong defense. There were no easy baskets. Throughout the half there were eight lead changes, and no team led by more than six points. The Thunderwolves hit a bucket right at the end of the half to give them the lead, at 39-38.
In the second half, both teams came out strong again. The Knights unfortunately had a small defensive lapse. The Thunderwolves of Niagara County were able to go on a 19-11 run to start the half, opening up their lead to nine points at 58-49 with nine minutes remaining in the game. The Knights were never able to completely recover, as both teams traded baskets the rest of the way. The Knights were never able to make a run at the lead, and fell to the Thunderwolves in regulation. The final score was 70-59.
The Knights were led by Edvaldo Ferreira (Praia, Cape Verde), who posted another double-double giving him two for the tournament, scoring 10 points while grabbing 11 rebounds. Grant Gillis (Jamestown, RI) also had a strong game, scoring 14 points and grabbing eight rebounds on the day. Adrian La Fleur (Sydney, Australia) led the team in scoring with 17 points, while adding three rebounds, three steals, and two assists. Elijah Vazquez (Woonsocket, RI) scored 14 on the day, while having four rebounds and one steal.
Head Coach Rick Harris was extremely proud of his team, even with the loss. He said “Every team but one loses its final game. This doesn’t take away from the fact that the young men had a fantastic season!” He continued on to say “we wish our departing sophomores all the best and thank all our friends and Knight supporters for their continued support.”
The Knights finish the season with a 20-9 record. They had an 11-game win streak before the Niagara game, which Coach Harris was extremely happy about. They worked hard and were able to achieve many goals set for the team. The Knights had a great season that unfortunately ended too soon. We look forward to having you back with us next season!
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The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 16,000 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.