Warwick, R.I. – November 8, 2017: The CCRI Knights welcomed the Granite of Quincy College to the Vincent A. Cullen Fieldhouse in Warwick, RI for a region XXI tilt on Tuesday night. The Knights came out with the victory, 110-79, bringing their record to 1-1 overall and 1-0 in region XXI play.
Both the Knights and the Granite came out firing. For the first five minutes, the teams traded baskets and defensive stops to keep the game close. The Knights began to pull away towards the end of the second half. After building a seven-point lead, the Knights continued to push with less than five minutes to play. Their defensive stops led them to fast break points and the team opened up an 18 point lead. As the clock ran under ten seconds in the first half, the Knights were able to come up with a steal and Dan Grzych (Providence, RI) was open in the corner to bury a 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded. The Knights had opened up a 21-point lead at 51-30 after the first half.
In the second half, the Knights continued to push the tempo. The Granite of Quincy College started to employ a full-court press, which the Knights were able to break. The Knights continued to push the game, and never let the lead get too small. The Knights were able to outlast the Granite, on their way to a 110-79 win.
The Knights were led by their freshman backcourt trio of J.C. Santos (East Providence, RI), Peter Wilson (Providence, RI), and Josh Williams (Atlanta, GA). Williams led all scorers for the Knights with 19 on 9-10 shooting from the floor. He added four assists, three rebounds, one steal, and one block. Peter Wilson had 17 points while going 5-5 from 3-point land. He had five rebounds, four assists, and two steals as well. J.C. Santos 12 points and assisted on seven Knights’ baskets. He chipped in six rebounds. Co-Captain Chris Garcia (Queens, NY) had an extremely efficient double-double, with 11 points, 11 rebounds and a block on 5-6 shooting from the field.
Head Coach Rick Harris was happy with the win and thought it was “a fun night for the young guys.” He also felt that the team was “rewarded for their outstanding work in practice.” He was extremely happy with the unselfish play which led to 25 team assists.
The Knights will travel to Monroe College this weekend to play in a tournament where they will also take on ASA New York.
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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.