Warwick, R.I. – July 16, 2009: The Knights took on Niagara County in their second game of the Cougar Holiday Classic on Sunday. The Knights jumped out to an early lead, but were unable to maintain it. The Thunderwolves were able to outlast the Knights win by a final score of 91-81. The loss brings the Knights to 6-4 on the season.
The Knights started the game off strong, jumping out to an early 11-4 lead. The quick scoring a tough defense was hard for Niagara to handle, but eventually the Thunderwolves settled in. After the quick start by the Knights, the Thunderwolves were able to claw back into the game, and went into halftime with a lead. The Knights were down six, 41-35.
The second half was no different for the Knights. They were unable to tame the potent attack by the Thunderwolves. Niagara County was able to hold the Knights offense to a low scoring half and see out the game. The Knights put in a great effort, but were unable to overcome the tough challenge ahead of them. The Knights fought until the end, never giving in and they continued to put pressure on the Thunderwolves.
Four of the five starters for the Knights were in double figures, including Adrian La Fleur (Sydney, Australia). La Fleur gained his starting spot back after coming off the bench on Saturday. He made the most of the opportunity, scoring 24 points with five three pointers. He also had eight rebounds and two assists. Kevin Paygai (West Warwick, RI) had 13 points and went 6-6 from the free throw line. He also assisted on six Knights baskets in the game. Grant Gillis (Jamestown, RI) and Edvaldo Ferreira (Praia, Cape Verde) had 12 and 10 points respectively, while Gillis had 8 rebounds and Ferreira had 7. The pair each had two blocks in the game as well. Ferreira is now second in the nation with four blocks per game, and 40 overall on the season.
Head Coach Rick Harris was not happy with the losses suffered by the Knights, but he was happy with the experience gained from the weekend. The Knights will travel to the No. 1 seed of Region III in the Districts to compete for a spot in the national tournament. That is why he believes this will be a valuable experience going forward. He stated “Great experience for our team against tough opponents. We did our best at this point to match out opponent’s physicality.” He continued, “We had great two to three minute stretches. We will definitely benefit from this competition.”
The Knights are hoping to get back in the win column as they take on Navy Prep on Thursday. This will be the last home game for the Knights of the semester. The game will take place at 7pm following the Lady Knights’ game at 5pm. Come out and support your Knights!
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