Knights fall to Genesee CC in CCRI Invitational



Kevin Paygai

Warwick, R.I. – July 16, 2018: The CCRI Knights men's basketball team hosted the Cougars of Genesee Community College from Batavia, NY for both team's second games of the 2018 CCRI Invitational Tournament. The decision went Genesee's way, 94-78. With the loss CCRI falls to 6-11 overall and 4-1 in conference.

The CCRI Knights Basketball team competed in their second game in as many days on Sunday afternoon. This game was a return match from December 9th in Batavia, NY that saw the Cougars defeated the Knights 114-93. The Knights were looking to exact their revenge on their home court. However, the strain of an overtime game the day prior became apparent as the offensive liberties that the Knights had enjoyed in past games weren't present. CCRI's high paced offense was matched step for step by the defense of Genesee. A relatively low scoring game saw advantage go to Genesee, 46-35 at halftime.

The Knights came out in the second half looking to vamp up their offense. J.C. Santos (East Providence, RI) led the line shooting 7 for 12 from the floor to score a team-high 16 points with five assist four rebounds and two steals. Both Drew Ferguson (West Greenwich, RI) and Dan Grzych (Providence, RI) chipped-in with three 3-pointers to score nine points apiece. Sophomore guard Kevin Paygai (West Warwick, RI) just missed another double-double scoring nine points while leading the team with 10 rebounds and Josh Williams (Atlanta, GA) added 12 points and three assists.

However Genesee had all the answers for CCRI in the form of Brian Fobbs who leads the nation (NJCAA DII) in rebounding with 13 boards per game and is fourth in the nation in scoring with 24.9 ppg. Fobbs had a monster double-double pouring in a game-high 28 points, including six 3-pointers while also leading everyone with a game-high 17 rebounds to lead the Cougars to a comfortable 94-78 victory.

UP NEXT- the Knights will host Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology at the Vincent A. Cullen Fieldhouse on Thursday Jan. 18 at 7:00 PM

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