Warwick, R.I. – December 11, 2017: The CCRI Knights traveled to Batavia New York to take part in the Cougar Holiday Classic over the weekend. The Knights took on the hosts Genesee Community College on Saturday and fell in a high scoring affair 114-93. The loss dropped the Knights’ record to 4-5.
The Knights played a tale of two halves on Saturday. In the first half, the Knights could not find their feet. They were unable to keep the Cougars at bay with their defense and the shots were not falling. They continued to fight, and were staying close enough to the Cougars to keep it an interesting game. The Knights went into the half down 21 points at 57-36.
In the second half, the Knights put together a strong half behind their bench scoring. Sharp-shooter Dan Grzych (Providence, RI) provided a spark off the bench for the Knights. He scored 25 points in the second half, keeping the Knights in the game and cutting the deficit at times. The Knights were unable to outscore the Cougars in the second half. Even with their strong offensive output, the Knights could not mount a comeback. They fell 114-93.
The Knights were led by Dan Grzych who had a career-high 31 points. He shot 79% (11-14) from the field and 75% (9-12) from three-point land. In fact, Grzych is ranked No.6 by the NJCAA (DII) in 3-point FG% shooting at a clip of 60.6% for the season. David Cabeceiras (Warwick, RI) also had a strong showing off the bench scoring 11 points and grabbed six rebounds while dishing two assists. Justin Williams (Hartford, CT) had 12 points. Oscar Iteji (Schenectady, NY) and Chris Garcia (Queens, NY) each had 11 points and grabbed seven and five rebounds respectively. Iteji added one steal, block, and assist.
Head Coach Rick Harris was happy with the improvement in the second half, but knows there is a lot to work on if the team wants to achieve its goals. The Knights took on Niagara County at 1PM on Sunday.
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