The CCRI Men’s Basketball team hosted Roxbury CC on Saturday afternoon. The Knights controlled the game from start to finish and came out with a victory. The Knights won by a final score of 105-65. The victory brings the Knights to 14-8 on the season and 7-1 on Region XXI play. They also are on a 5 game winning streak!
The Knights came out of the gate firing. They jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead after three baskets by Elijah Vazquez (Woonsocket, RI), Grant Gillis (Jamestown, RI), and Edvaldo Ferreira (Praia, Cape Verde). Roxbury was quickly able to cut the lead to 5, but the Knights did not let them get any closer. The Knights opened up the lead to 20, at 35-15. They continued to keep the lead, and went into the half up by 18 points.
The second half meant much of the same for the Knights, who contented to play great defense and score on the offensive end. The large lead gave Head Coach Rick Harris and opportunity to rest some of his starters, and give other players an extended role in the game. This was not before Edvaldo Ferreira scored two of his 17 points on a vicious windmill jam! The slam dunk put the Knights up by 31. The Knights never looked back, and controlled the rest of the game. The Knights came out with a 40-point victory at 105-65. The Win was the Knights fifth in a row, and their fourth out of five games scoring at least 100 points. The Knights have been extremely strong defensively on the run as well, keeping their opponents to an average of 73 points over the run.
The Knights were led by three of their Captains Adrian La Fleur (Sydney, Australia), Edvaldo Ferreira, and Elijah Vasquez. La Fleur and Ferreira each had 17 points on the night. La Fleur also had seven assists, four rebounds, and one steal. Ferreira had a huge night with nine rebounds, five assists, and four blocks. Vazquez had a strong showing with 14 points including four 3-pointers and four assists.
Coach Harris was pleased with the win over Roxbury. He acknowledged that Roxbury was shorthanded, but commended the Knights discipline and focus throughout the game. He continued on by saying he is “excited each day as I watch this group evolve into the team I envisioned back in the preseason. The best is yet to come.”
The Knights have a week off before they travel to Orange County in Middletown, NY to take on the Colts on Saturday, February 4th. They will look to extend the winning streak to six!
For all things CCRI Athletics, follow @CCRIAthletics on Twitter and Instagram.
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.