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Knights’ need big second half to down Nassau 83-69
The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team hosted the Lions of Nassau Community College from Garden City, NY on Saturday as part of a basketball doubleheader. The Knights defeated the Lions 83-69. With the victory the Knights improve to 15-8 on the season.
The Knights and Lions battled back and forth in the first half as both teams exchanged the lead and went into the break tied 44-44. The Knights used pressure defense to create turnovers and take a second half advantage to outscore the lions 39-25 with a balanced attack of five Knights scoring in double-figures to pull away for the 83-69 victory.
The Knights were led by Co-Captain Isaac Medeiros (Johnston, RI) with a double-double consisting of a team-high 19 points while ripping down 13 rebounds and adding three blocked shots and two assists and Co-Captain Bryan Yarce (Cranston, RI) added 18 points eight assist, four steals and four rebounds. Also helping the Knights was Co-Captain Desmond Williams (Torrington, CT) with 13 points, three steals and two assists and Rob Hazard (North Providence, RI) had 10 points on a perfect 4-4 shooting from the floor. Rounding out the Knights’ top performers was Pat Marchand (Cranston, RI) had 10 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots and Jerome Harris (Hartford, CT) added nine points, on three 3-pointers with six rebounds and three steals.
After the game Coach Rick Harris commented," The team played well again today against an opponent that brought their "A" game! We switched to our half court 1-3-1 defense to start the second half and Nassau had trouble solving it. Our ability to play multiple defenses well may be our greatest asset. We will continue to try and improve every game both defensively and on offense so that we're fully prepared for the regional playoffs."
The Knights have little time to rest as they will host the very talented Sharks of Suffolk County Community College Sunday at 2:00pm.
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.