Warwick, R.I. – December 1, 2017: The CCRI Knights traveled to New Haven, Connecticut to take on Gateway Community College on Thursday night. The Knights traveled home with the win after beating Gateway 90-62. The victory improves the Knights’ record to 2-4 overall and 2-1 in Region XXI play.
Having not played in eight days, the Knights got off to a sluggish start. The Knights were working hard, but were unable to find the bottom of the basket often. Luckily, their defense was keeping them in the game. They continued to press Gateway and force them into difficult shots. At halftime, the Knights’ led Gateway 29-24.
In the second half, the Knights gave the complete effort Head Coach Rick Harris has been waiting for. The Knights brought full-court pressure and were able to force turnovers resulting in easy scoring chances. Gateway was able to keep up with the Knights, and the game was knotted at 50 with 9:36 remaining. The Knights then started to pull away and never looked back. Freshman David Cabeceiras (Warwick, RI) knocked down a 3-pointer to spark a 14-2 run for the Knights. Dan Grzych (Providence, RI) hit a couple threes himself to help ice the game. The Knights went on to win 90-62.
Josh Williams (Atlanta, GA) led all scorers with 25 points. He rounded out his night with six assists, five rebounds, and four steals. Peter Wilson (Providence, RI) rounded out the backcourt performance with 15 points, five rebounds, four assists, and two steals. Co-Captain Chris Garcia (Queens, NY) was the team’s leading rebounder ripping down 11 boards while added seven points.
Coach Harris was happy with the team’s performance, and loved the way they closed out the game. He stated it was a “much need with for the young guys. They were rewarded tonight for their hard work at practice since our last game.” HE went on to say “defense was a priority and we got excellent shots in the second half. Just have to keep with the process and take one day at a time.”
The Knights will trust the process and look for their second win in a row when they welcome the Wyverns of Quinsigamond Community College on Saturday at 1PM. Come out and support your Knights!
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