Portland, ME – January 8, 2018: CCRI traveled to face the Seawolves of Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) on Saturday. Second half dominance saw the Knights surpass the Seawolves 79-67. The victory improves the Knights record to 5-9 overall and 4-1 in conference.
The CCRI Knights men's basketball team opened up their second semester schedule with some sizzling shooting and an up-tempo pace not seen for some time. Utilizing a four-guard offense the Knights pushed the ball in transition, either attacking the rim or shooting open three point shots. The style seemed to be one the Knights enjoyed as eight players hit the scoring column and all eleven players dressed, played and contributed. "We have committed to a style of play that the guys enjoy...It does require them to be in tip-top shape though and we are working hard on that daily." Head Coach Rick Harris.
After a fast paced first half ended in a 40-38 SMCC lead, the Knights quickly opened up the second half establishing their pace. Employing constant full and half court pressure, they wore the home Seawolves out and dominated the last ten minutes of the game. The Knights Outscored SMCC by the margin of 41-27 in the second half. With 8:13 left, CCRI led 65-50. The Knights built that lead to 70-50 with 7:05 remaining.
Pacing the Knights was Freshman Drew Ferguson (West Greenwich, RI) with five second half threes to give him 15 points for the game. Freshmen Dan Grzych (Providence, RI) and David Cabeceiras (Warwick, RI) hit two threes apiece in the second half. Grzych scored 14 for the game with four 3-pointers. That sharpshooting display left Josh Williams (Atlanta, GA) who had a game-high 25 points along with nine assists to go with seven rebounds free to attack the rim at will. Freshman JC Santos (East Providence, RI) added 10 points with four assist and four rebounds
CCRI never let their lead shrink below ten points and coasted to the finish line with the 79-67 victory. Coach Harris commented: "We also have adopted a new slogan moving forward, caring is sharing. In spirit of the frigid Maine weather, today was an extremely fun start to our second half."
Up Next: The Knights are set to travel to Bronx, NY to play Hostos Community College at 6pm. Then this weekend the Knights will host the 2018 CCRI Invitational where they will face Nassau on Saturday, Jan 13th at 7pm as well as Genesee on Sunday, Jan 14th at 1pm.
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The Community College of Rhode Island, New England's largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 18,000 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.