Warwick, R.I. – January 25, 2019: The CCRI Knights men's basketball team traveled to Groton, CT to go up against the Pointers of UConn Avery Point (UCAP) Thursday evening. A balanced effort on offense and high pressure on defense helped the Knights push past the Pointers 100-54. The win improves CCRI's season record to 17-3 overall and 14-2 in Region XXI play.
Trying to stay focused on the task at hand and not the nationally ranked weekend opponent on the horizon, the Knights came into the UCAP looking to play an efficient brand of basketball. Four minutes into the action, off the front foot of aggressive pressing, CCRI led 10-3. They would continue to build on that foundation and led 16-3 six minutes into the half. At half time, the Knights sat on a comfortable 51-23 lead.
The second half assignments weren't to keep scoring but rather to hold the UCAP offense to 60 points or less. The CCRI defense was also able to force 14 turnovers from the Pointers. Attacking the boards has been a theme in recent games and this game was no different. The Knights totaled a whopping 49 team rebounds with 20 of those coming under the attacking basket and keeping the offensive opportunities alive. On the flip side of the ball the Knights produced 26 total assists and just 11 turnovers. Keeping the ball moving and passing with purpose led to all eight Knights hit the scoring column, contributing to a balanced effort and a 100-54 victory.
CCRI was led by sophomore co-captain JC Santos (East Providence, RI) and his third double-double of the season scoring 23 points with 10 assists, four rebounds and four steals. Sophomore co-captain Dave Cabeceiras (Warwick, RI) registered a career-high 22 points as well as five rebounds, three assist, two blocks and one steal. Freshman Franklin Udeh (Boston, MA) recorded his fourth double-double of the season with 17 points, 16 rebounds, three steals and one assist. Freshman sharpshooter Dylan Durante (Johnston, RI) tallied 15 points going 5-11 from 3-point range whilst adding five rebounds and two assists. Sophomore Oscar Iteji (Schenectady NY) amassed 10 rebounds, six points, three assists, three blocks and one steal.
Head Coach Rick Harris commented: "Tonight we were efficient on offense and active on defense. Most important our team communication and chemistry was outstanding. I am beginning to do less coaching and more watching of the games as this group matures and figures things out themselves. Very enjoyable for my staff and I to watch this develop".
The CCRI Knights men's basketball team will next be in action tomorrow, January 26 at 3 p.m. as they host the No.5 nationally ranked Bulldogs of Bunker Hill Community College.
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England's largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 15,000 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.