Warwick, R.I. – January 17, 2016: The CCRI Men’s Basketball team took on Genesee Community College from Batavia, NY on Saturday in the first of two games for the CCRI Invitational. The Knights fought hard but were unable to come out with the victory, losing 85-79. With the loss, they fell to 9-8 on the season.
The Knights came out of the gates firing. They were able to take a quick 10-6 lead after an Edvaldo Ferreira (Praia, Cape Verde) dunk which he converted into a three point play as he was fouled on the ferocious jam to give the Knights their early lead. Unfortunately, they were unable to extend the lead. The Cougars of Genesee were able to creep back into the game and eventually take the lead. In the first half, the teams traded leads, with Genesee leading by as any as 10 at one point. The Knights were able to hang around, and after trading baskets at the end of the half, the Knights were down by eight, 47-39.
The second half started just like the first half. CCRI came out firing, only this time, the Cougars were able to counter their attacks. Any time the knights were able to cut the lead to less than five, the Cougars were able to hit a few shots to stop the scoring run. The Knights were able to cut the lead to four when Leonel Familia (Brooklyn, NY) hit a two point shot with six minutes remaining in the second half to make the score 73-69 Genesee. However, after this shot both teams traded baskets, and the Knights could not cut into the Genesee lead as they pulled away. After a great effort by the Knights, the final horn sounded with the scoreboard reading 85 for Genesee and 79 for CCRI.
The Knights were led by two main scorers against Genesee. Edvaldo Ferreira and Elijah Vazquez (Woonsocket, RI) each had 23 points. Ferreira also contributed 19 rebounds, four assists and four blocks. Vazquez scored his 23 points on 50% shooting from the field, with seven 3-pointers. He also chipped in with three rebounds and two assists. Grant Gillis (Jamestown, RI) had a strong showing as well, scoring 15 points to go along with his eight rebounds and one assist.
The Knights took on Union County Sunday, looking to turn around their fortunes after a tough loss against Genesee.
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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.