Warwick, R.I. – December 18, 2017: The CCRI took part in their second game of the Mercer Mixer at Mercer Community College on Sunday. They took on the Cougars of Frederick Community College. The Knights dropped the hard-fought game with a final score of 63-51. With the loss, the Knights’ record fell to 4-9 on the season.
The Knights and Cougars played a highly contested defensive battle, starting in the first half. Both teams came out with a plan to shut down the other team’s offense, and in the first half it was working. The Knights’ and Cougars kept each other at bay the whole half, with the Cougars coming out on top. They led going into halftime, 29-25.
In the second half, the Knights’ continued to play tough defense. The offense began to click, and the Knights took the lead with just over 11 minutes remaining. The Knights had found a groove and were up 41-39. After a timeout, the Cougars came out and played tenacious defense, and were able to shut down the Knights. The Knights were outscored 24-9 over the final 11 minutes, and fell to the Cougars 63-51.
The Knights’ were led by freshman guard Josh Williams (Atlanta, GA). Williams was the game high scorer with 23 points while adding seven rebounds, six assists and one steal. Fellow freshman guard JC Santos (East Providence, RI) had 11 points, three rebounds, and one assist. Co-Captain Igor Almeida (Praia, Cape Verde) was a key contributor off the bench. He had seven points, seven rebounds, and one steal.
Head Coach Rick Harris saw the positives in the outcome of the tournament. He noted the team has “a lot of growing to do mentally and physically.” He hopes the “extremely challenging first semester schedule will pay dividends and spends up the process.” He went on to say the team’s “best is yet to come.”
The Knights have almost three weeks off for the holiday break and return to action on Saturday, January 6th at Southern Maine Community College.
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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.