Warwick, R.I. – December 18, 2017: The CCRI Knights traveled to West Windsor, NJ to take part in the Mercer Mixer. ON Saturday, they took on the Mercer County Vikings and fell with a final score of 74-64. The loss dropped the Knights’ record to 4-8 overall.
The Knights came into the game motivated and it showed. They played strong defense to start off and were able to hold Mercer’s offense at bay. The offense wasn’t completely clicking, but the Knights’ held a lead for the majority of the first half. They gave up a late basket to see them down by one point at the half, 38-37.
In the second half, the Knights were never able to overcome the deficit. They fought hard but Mercer continued to push. The Knights’ kept it close, not letting the lead become too much. With just one minute remaining, the Knights found themselves down four at 68-64. Unfortunately, they were unable to score gain and Vikings were able to knock down their free throws. The Knights fell in regulation, 74-64.
The Knights’ JC Santos (East Providence, RI) had the most complete game for the team. Santos scored 12 points, had five assists, four rebounds, and two steals. Peter Wilson (Providence, RI) scored 15 points with three rebounds and two assists. Josh Williams (Atlanta, GA) had 12 points, five assists, two rebounds and one steal. Dan Grzych (Providence, RI) was a sparkplug off the bench, scoring 12 points on 4-7 shooting from three.
Head Coach Rick Harris thought the Knights played well “for about 30 of 40 minutes.” But he felt it was “not enough as Mercer County played well 34-40 and prevails.” Coach Harris knows this is a game the team could have won, but was unable to finish. The Knights took on Frederick CC in their second game of the Mercer Mixer.
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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.