Warwick, R.I. – December 9, 2016: The CCRI Men’s Basketball team traveled to Worcester, MA to take on the Wyverns of Quinsigamond Community College on Thursday night. The Knights were prepared for a tough Region XXI battle and were able to come out on top. The Knights won with a final score of 100-83, improving their record to 6-2 and 4-1 in Region XXI play.
The Knights started the game off strong, jumping out to an 8-0 lead within 2 minutes of tip-off. The Knights continued to hold this lead throughout the first half. Any time the Wyverns looked to make a run, the Knights were able to sharpen up defensively and continue their offensive success. The Knights were able to build a 10-point lead early in the first half, and made that the benchmark to hold all game. With four minutes left in the half, the lead was up to 17. The Knights offense was firing on all cylinders. At halftime, the Knights lead Quinsigamond, 39-25.
The game stayed the same in the second half. The Knights’ defense continued to control the Wyverns offense, keeping them to 83 points in the game. The Knights scored 61 points in the second half en route to a final score of 100-83. The Knights were led by Grant Gillis (Jamestown, RI), who had an impressive night. He scored 22 points to go alongside his 8 rebounds and 3 blocks. Adrian La Fleur (Sydney, Australia) also had a great game, scoring 20 points with six three-pointers! He also had six assists and one steal. Darryl Flowers (Waterbury, CT) contributed off the bench, pitching in 14 points and six rebounds. Kevin Paygai (West Warwick, RI) also had a strong night from the point guard position, scoring 12 points and assisted on nine Knights’ baskets. The Knights as a team shot 60% from the floor.
Head Coach Rick Harris was happy with his team’s performance, but noted that the defense could be better. He stated it was a “fun game for the young men as we approach exams and end of semester. We played well in most areas but do understand our team defense must get better.” Coach Harris knows the importance of defense for this team. He continued “This team has tremendous potential but they must recognize that defense is the ticket for being a very good team.” Coach Harris wants this team to achieve great things, and hopes the team will improve their defense going forward.
The Knights will be traveling to Genesee Community College in Batavia, NY to compete in the Cougar Holiday Classic. The Knights will play next on Saturday at 7pm at Genesee Community College and Sunday they will face the Thunderwolves of Niagara County Community College at 1pm.
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