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 Niagara County on Sunday before returning home to Warwick. The Knights fell to the Thunderwolves 86-65 to drop their record to 4-6 overall.
The Knights came out and competed in the first half after a tough loss on Saturday. The Knights found their defensive stride against, holding the Thunderwolves to only 32 points. The Knights unfortunately were unable to find their groove on offense, and only managed 28 points. They were in the game and looked to capitalize on good defense in the second half.
The Knights were unable to capitalize on good defense as injuries caught up with the team. The Knights’ short bench caused players to play extra minutes, and the defensive shape fell down. The Knights were staying close and were in the game until the Thunderwolves went on a late run to make the game out of hand. The Knights fought hard but fell with a final score of 86-65.
The Knights were led by freshmen Josh Williams (Atlanta, GA) and Dan Grzych (Providence, RI). Williams led the Knights in scoring with 18 points, seven assists and two steals. Dan Grzych had his second straight high-scoring game with 14 points including four 3-pointers with two rebounds, a steal, and an assist. Oscar Iteji (Schenectady, NY) just missed a double-double scoring nine points while ripping down 11 rebounds and Co-Captain Chris Garcia (Queens, NY) ripped down seven boards while scoring six points for the Knights.
Head Coach Rick Harris noted the Knights’ played two good halves over the weekend but they were unfortunately spread over two games. He did see the positive side with the “young men getting some excellent experience which will benefit us as we move forward.”
The Knights will look to rebound from the tough weekend when they take on Navy Prep at Vincent A. Cullen Fieldhouse on Thursday night at 7pm. The Lady Knights play at 5PM. Come out and support both teams!
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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.