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CCRI Knights glide past Globe Knights 70-58 to win Holiday Classic!
The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team continued hosting the first ever CCRI Holiday Classic on Thursday. In the consolation game at 5:30pm the Golden Lions of Raritan Valley Community College from North Branch, NJ defeated the Bees of Bristol Community College 75-65. In the Holiday Classic championship game the No.13 ranked (NJCAA DII national poll) Knights of the Community College of Rhode Island defeated the Division I power Knights of Globe Institute from New York, NY 70-58 to become the first ever CCRI Holiday classic Champions. Also with the victory The CCRI Knights improve to 13-2 on the season.
CCRI led Globe Institute from opening tip to the final buzzer sounded. CCRI jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead which they extended to 23-12 before going into halftime with a 36-27 lead. The Knights were paced by Desmond Williams (Torrington, CT) who scored 15 of his game-high 25 points in the first half. In the second half the CCRI Knights controlled the game tempo while controlling the interior play to extend their lead to as much as 20 points and win by the final score of 70-58.
Leading the way for the Knights was the Tournament’s Outstanding Player Desmond Williams who scored a game-high 25 points with five rebounds, two assists, two steals and a blocked shot. He was helped greatly by center Roger Livramento (Central Falls, RI) who played this championship game in “beast mode” scoring 10 points while ripping down a season-high 24 rebounds adding five blocked shots and three assists and his frontcourt mate Isaac Medeiros (Johnston, RI) added 11 points, eight rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots. Rounding out the CCRI attack was point guard Bryan Yarce (Cranston, RI) who ran the CCRI offense masterfully scoring five points with five assists, three rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot, Trevor Mabry (Norwich, CT) was in foul trouble all night but still scored six and grabbed 11 boards with a blocked shot and Keith Lackerson (Brooklyn, NY) added five points and five rebounds. Globe’s AJ Thomas was the Tournament’s second most outstanding player scoring 22 points while dishing out multiple assists.
Knights’ Head Coach Rick Harris commented after the Tourney: “Very productive two nights of basketball for us. We defeated two quality teams but most importantly, we played the game how we outlined it. We utilized our depth, controlled tempo and played with a god basketball IQ. It was very rewarding for a coach to see his team respond on back-to-back nights as we did this week. Hopefully the New Year will bring more of what we saw. At the same time we have many areas to improve upon but I am confident that the young men will do the work that needs to be done.”
The Knights are back in action next Wednesday when they host another Division I power in Westchester Community College from Valhalla, NY at 7:00pm at the Vincent A. Cullen Fieldhouse located on the CCRI Knight Campus in Warwick.