Warwick, R.I. – December 4, 2017: The CCRI Knights welcomed the Midshipmen Candidates from Navy Prep to Vincent A. Cullen Fieldhouse on Monday. The Knights fell to Navy Prep 99-91, dropping their record to 4-7 overall.
The Knights and Midshipmen Candidates played a highly contested first half. Both teams were shooting well from the field and playing strong defense to back it up. Both teams came up with big stops and big baskets. The back and forth affair ended with the Midshipmen candidates hitting a three pointer at the buzzer, to take a 47-44 lead into halftime.
In the second half, the Midshipmen Candidates remained on fire while the Knights went cold. In the first 10 minutes of the half, the Knights were outscored 25-9, opening up a 19 point deficit. The Knights’ offense had stalled while the Midshipmen Candidates kept on rolling. After a timeout by Head Coach Rick Harris, the Knights found their groove offensively behind Josh Williams (Atlanta, GA). Williams was able to drive to the basket easily, creating open looks for his teammates. The Knights roared back but fell to the Midshipmen Candidates with a final score of 99-91.
The Knights’ were led by Josh Williams, who was one rebound away from a double-double. Williams had 27 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists. Peter Wilson (Providence, RI) scored 15 points with three assists and three rebounds. Dan Grzych (Providence, RI) had 11 points with two assists. Oscar Iteji (Schenectady, NY) scored six points while grabbing nine rebounds and adding one assist. Off the bench, David Cabeceiras (Warwick, RI) had 11 points, four rebounds, and one assist in 18 minutes.
Coach Harris tipped his hat to Navy Prep. He thought their team “played excellent basketball and were unselfish and disciplined.” He went on to say he “hoped our guys, who I feel competed very hard, learned some valuable lessons from them.” He is looking forward to the wrap-up of the first semester as the team travels to West Windsor, NJ to take part in the Mercer Mixer at Mercer Community College.
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