Warwick, R.I. – January 13, 2016: The CCRI Knights basketball team traveled to Brockton, MA to face off against Massasoit Community College in a Region XXI League matchup. The Knights were able to take home the win against the Warriors by the final score of 73-62. The win improves CCRI’s season record to 11-7 on the season and also moving them to 8-2 in Region XXI play and 2-1 in their League (DII Region XXI).
The Knights primary focus on defense was to stop Massasoit’s two leading scorers, Leland Jackson and Colin Campbell, who have combined for an average of forty points a game this season for the Warriors. In the first half the Knights did just that, holding the top prolific scorers to just a combined 13 points. This helped CCRI grab an early lead that stayed with them till halftime, where they led 34-28.
The second half was a wire to wire job by the Knights as they maintained their lead throughout. The Knight defense held strong, as Jackson and Leland finished with a combined 32 points, well below their season average. The Knights were able to pound the ball in the paint and consistently get scores that eventually led to the 73-62 victory.
Points in the paint were the Achilles heel last game for the Knights, but on Tuesday night they flipped the script. The Knights hit 17 of 34 shots in the paint for 34 points, while also dominating the rebound margin, 49-28. Tri-Captain Edvaldo Ferreira and Sophomore Josh Mann were the big reasons for the dominance in the paint for the Knights. Ferreira finished with an incredible 22 points and 21 rebounds while also adding four blocks. Mann was also extremely impressive with a big 17 points and 15 rebounds. The two combined for 30 out of the 34 points in the paint for the Knights.
For Ferreira, his big night gave him his 14th double-double on the season while also continuing his double digit rebounding streak to 16 games. He still ranks first in rebounds per game in NJCAA DII with 14 per game and first in blocks with 4.5 per game.
Elijah Vazquez (Woonsocket, RI) recorded his 12th game this season with four or more 3-pointers as he knocked down four on his way to 16 points, while also chipping in four assists and four rebounds. Adrian La Fleur (Sydney, Australia) added nine points and four assists while tri-captain Jessy Taveras (Cranston, RI) collected eight assists.
Coach Harris had this to say after the game, "Very pleased with our execution and team play. Following our last game against Monroe I spoke to the young men about working hard to execute our offense against good defensive teams. The young men worked hard in practice Wednesday and brought that execution to last night's game. Happy with their basketball IQ and tough play last night. Great team victory by the young men and now we will move on to Thursday's home game vs Quinsigamond as we will be looking to put back to back solid games together."
CCRI Stats can be viewed on the NJCAA website, follow this link to go directly to the NJCAA page for our men’s basketball team www.njcaa.org
The Knights will take the court on Thursday versus the Wyverns of Quinsigamond Community College in a Region XXI non-league matchup. The game will be played on the CCRI Knight Campus in the Vincent A. Cullen Fieldhouse at 7pm.
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.