Warwick, R.I. – December 10, 2015: The CCRI Knights Basketball team hosted Springfield Tech Community College on Wednesday night in a Region XXI non division matchup. The Knights cruised easily and came away with a 97-79 victory over the Rams. The win puts CCRI at 7-3 on the year and 5-2 in Region XXI action.
The Knights started off slow in the game and fell behind by four early. They didn’t keep that pace for very long though as the Knights started to have shots fall and began to build a lead. The Knights quickly built a 14 point lead and then went into halftime up 49-36.
The second half was more of the same from the Knights and they were able to play hard and finish the game strong growing their lead to over 20. The Knights attack all game came from an excellent team effort. Five different players were able to score in double figures for the Knights and nine different players got into the scoring column.
Freshman Tri-Captain Edvaldo Ferreira (Cape Verde) led the Knights with 20 points on the night and also collected 15 rebounds, four blocks and three assists. Edvaldo currently leads ALL of NJCAA DII in rebounds per game at 14.5 and also in blocks per game with 4.8 per game.
Ferreira was one of two Knights with a double-double in the game; the other was Sophomore Jordan Grant (New London, CT). Grant finished the game with 16 points and 11 boards while adding three assists.
Sharpshooter Elijah Vazquez (Woonsocket, RI) had another efficient shooting night by going 4-5 from downtown on his way to 18 points. Vazquez is currently ranked 10th in 3-pointers made per game at 3.3 per game and 15th in 3-point shooting percentage at 53.2% in all of NJCAA DII. Jalen Robinson (Queens, NY) played an excellent game at point dropping nine assists with only one turnover while adding six points and three steals.
Adrian La Fleur (Sydney, Australia)and Josh Mann (Detroit, MI)both scored in double digits for the Knights. Mann dropped 15 points and added nine rebounds, a steal, two blocks and three assists to have solid stat line. La Fleur scored 11 points knocking down two 3-pointers and chipping in three assists and 4 boards. All together the Knights had 25 assists on the Knight, showing a great team effort and balanced attack.
Head Coach Rick Harris had this to say about the game, “The kids are showing a great attitude, playing for one another, and having some fun. The last ten days have been fun, working hard in practice, and it only makes the games more fun. We are looking forward to a great weekend in the Genesee tournament this weekend.”
CCRI will send both the Knights and Lady Knights to Genesee this weekend to play in the Cougar Classic. The Knights will play on Saturday at 8pm vs the host team Genesee and then on Sunday at 1pm vs Niagara.
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.