The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team took on the Vikings of Westchester Community College from Valhalla, NY in the championship game of the CCRI Holiday Classic Saturday. The Knights lost to the Vikings 78-61. With the loss the Knights fall to 10-6 on the season.
The bigger and stronger Vikings rode some hot outside shooting combined with a strong inside presence to defeat the Knights 78-61. Westchester came out smoking as they took an early 9-0 lead which they extended to 20 points 30-10 early in the first half. However, CCRI utilized tough zone defenses to fight back into the game by closing out the half on a 16-7 run to go into the break trailing by just 11 points 37-26. The Knights got the lead down to eight in the second half but the Vikings superior size inside allowed them to score easy baskets to seal the 78-61 victory.
CCRI was led by Co-Captain Anthony Henry (Danbury, CT) who scored 15 points with five rebounds. Co-Captain Pat Marchand (Cranston, RI) chipped-in with 11 points and two blocked shots. Point guard Billy Soriano (Providence, RI) added 10 points and two assists and Elijah Okagbare (Atlanta, GA) added 10 points and seven rebounds to the Knights total.
After the game Head Coach Rick Harris commented: "Although we lost this game the team benefitted by playing tough and not giving up. Those lessons will bode well later in the season. Our goal is to get better every game despite the opponent and today I believe we did that. We will use this game to prepare ourselves for our upcoming games."
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.