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No. 13 CCRI Knights defeat NECC Knights 72-49!
The No. 13 ranked (NJCAA DII Basketball poll 12/13/11) CCRI Knights men’s basketball team hosted the Knights from Northern Essex Community College from Haverhill, MA for a Region XXI interdivisional match-up. The Knights of CCRI defeated the Northern Essex Knights 72-49. With the victory the Knights improve to 11-2 on the season and 5-0 in Region XXI play.
In a battle of Region XXI Knights teams the CCRI Knights proved to be too much for the Knights of Northern Essex. CCRI was playing with a depleted backcourt without Bryan Yarce (Cranston, RI) and Tri-Captain Nick Maglio (Barrington, RI). However, this gave sophomore Tri-Captain Josh Perry (South Kingstown, RI) the opportunity to step up and shine as he ran CCRI’s offense admirably in their absence. The CCRI Knights were led in the first half by Desmond Williams (Torrington, CT) where he scored 22 of his game-high 24 points. CCRI jumped out to a quick 10-1 lead which they extended to 21 points 34-13 midway through the half before going into the break leading 43-25. In the second half CCRI had to overcome the initial surge of defense from Northern Essex which they managed before coasting to the 72-49 victory.
CCRI was led by Desmond Williams (Torrington, CT) with 24 points six assists, six rebounds, three steals and an offensive charge taken. He was helped by Sophomore Jeff Schmeltz (Burrillville, RI) who also started and contributed eight points, six rebounds, two steals while swatting a game-high five blocked shots, Anthony Henry(Danbury, CT) who added eight points, three assists and two blocks and Tri-Captain Josh Perry got his first start of the year to add five points, three assists, three steals while running the Knights’ offense and eluding Northern Essex second half pressure defense.
Head Coach Rick Harris commented after the win “Did what we had to do to get the victory tonight. I commend the team in that as I told them after the game ‘Right now we are focusing up on completing the semester academically and getting healthy physically.’ I am pleased where we are as a team but the players and coaches know we have much more to give in order to get to the level that we are capable of getting to. It is a daily process and we all believe the best is yet to come.”
The Knights next game will be Wednesday December 28th when they will host Raritan Valley Community College from North Branch, NJ at 7:30 pm as part of the CCRI Holiday Classic following a game between Globe Institute and Bristol Community College at 5:30pm. The Holiday classic will take place at the Vincent A. Cullen Fieldhouse located on the CCRI Knight Campus in Warwick.