Warwick, R.I. – December 5, 2017: The CCRI Knights welcomes the Tigers of Roxbury Community College on Monday night. The Knights came away with the victory with a final score of 85-56. The victory brings the Knights’ record to 4-4 overall and 4-1 in Region XXI play.
The Knights came into this game knowing it would be a tough one, and it showed early. Both teams started off playing strong defense and not allowing any easy shots. The Knights fell behind early but fought back after surrendering their lead. Towards the end of the half, the Knights’ made a late run to put themselves up 35-31 going into the half.
In the second half, the Knights continued the trend of lockdown defense coming out of the break. The Knights did not give the Tigers any room to work with and forced them into taking difficult shots. Paired with their stout defense, the Knights found their groove on the offense end. Oscar Iteji (Schenectady, NY) could not be stopped down low and was a nightmare for the Tigers to cover. He scored 14 points in the second half. His great effort in the second half led the Knights’ to their third straight victory.
The bench led the Knights to victory on Monday night. Oscar Iteji and Dan Grzych (Providence, RI) came off the bench to lead the Knights’ in scoring. Iteji was the Knights’ leading scorer with 16 points while adding in seven rebounds, two assists, and two blocks. Grzych had 15 points on 6-11 shooting while going 3-6 from beyond the 3-point arc. Drew Ferguson (West Greenwich, RI) scored ten points on 5-5 shooting from the field adding four rebounds and two assists.
Head Coach Rick Harris is happy with the continued improvement from the team. He noted the players are “executing what we talk about daily.” The players are buying into the system. He went on to say “this along with the good effort will help us to become the team that we are seeking to become.”
The Knights travel to Batavia, New York to take part in the Cougar Holiday Classic hosted by Genesee Community College. They will take on Genesee at 7PM on Saturday and Niagara at 1PM on Sunday.
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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.