Warwick, R.I. – December 18, 2015: The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team returned home on Thursday in a matchup versus Region XXI opponent Gateway Community College. The Knights won the high scoring game 91-79 GCC. The win improves the Knights record to 8-5 and 6-2 in Region XXI play.
The Knights offense came out white hot that led to a big first half lead. They built a 20 point lead, 34-14, halfway through the half thanks to sharpshooting freshman Elijah Vazquez (Woonsocket, RI) who knocked down four 3-pointers in the half. The Knights went into halftime with a commanding 60-37 lead.
The second half was a different story though for both teams. The tide turned and the Knights seemed to have no answer on defense for Gateway. Behind 25 from Jon Lewis and 29 from Uriah Watkin, Gateway was able to cut the Knights lead down to nine, 65-56, only seven minutes into the half. CCRI was able to collect and push the lead back up to 16, and from there the Knight defense was able to maintain a double-digit lead. The Knights were able to hold back the push for the rest of the game, coming away with a 91-79 victory.
Freshman tri-captain Edvaldo Ferreira (Cape Verde) dominated the paint the whole game for the Knights. He finished with a staggering 18 points and 20 rebounds, while also adding four blocks and four assists. He currently is 2nd in all of the NJCAA in blocks per game with 4.5 and 2nd in rebounds per game in NJCAA DII with 14.6.
Adrian La Fleur (Sydney, Australia) was the Knights high scorer for the game with 20. He was able to connect on five 3-pointers to go along with three rebounds and five assists. Vazquez finished with 14 points, five boards and two steals and he currently ranks 10th in NJCAA DII with 3.3 triples made per game. Jordan Grant (New London, CT) and Josh Mann (Detroit, MI) both scored in double-digits for the Knights as Grant finished with a 12 point, six rebound stat line while Mann put up 10 points and six boards.
Head Coach Rick Harris said this after the win, “Tonight we saw the highs and lows of the team. We played outstanding for the first 20 minutes, following that with up an undisciplined 20 minutes of basketball. Our guys have to recognize time and score and remember what allows them to play successful basketball. We will continue to work on our basketball IQ”.
The Knights will be playing Navy Prep on Saturday in a home scrimmage scheduled for 2 pm. This will be the Knights last contest before winter break.
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.