Warwick, R.I. – March 6, 2017: The CCRI Knights traveled to Sanborn, NY over the weekend to take part in the District II/Region III tournament. The winner of the tournament would be given the opportunity to travel to Danville, IL to take part in the NJCAA National Tournament. The first game for the Knights in New York was against the Erie Community College Kats. The Knights came out victories, posting an impressive 94-71 victory. The victory brought the Knights to 20-8 on the season, and advanced them into the semi-finals of the tournament.
The Knights came out ready to play in the first half. In the opening minutes, it was a back and forth games, with the Knights maintaining a small lead. Still early in the half, the Knights went on a quick 13-5 run, to extend their lead to 31-14. The rest of the half was a back and forth affair, with the Knights maintaining their lead. At halftime the Kats had made a small dent in the lead, and trailed the Knights by a score of 53-38.
The second half continued to go in the Knights favor, as they opened up the period by scoring the first six points. The game continued to flow in the Knights’ favor after this, and they were able to build a sizeable lead. At one point, the Knights were winning by 29, late in the second half. It gave Head Coach Rick Harris a chance to rest his starters for the road ahead. The Knights ended up winning the game comfortably with a final score of 94-71, setting the team up to play Niagara County Community College the next day in the second round of the tournament.
The game’s high scorer was Adrian La Fleur (Sydney, Australia), who totaled 26 points on the night. He shot 50% from the field, including seven 3-pointers. He also tallied seven assists and three rebounds on the night. Edvaldo Ferreira (Praia, Cape Verde) had an extremely efficient double-double, converting eight of nine shots from the floor, giving him a total of 19 points to go alongside his 15 rebounds. Kevin Paygai (West Warwick, RI) had another good game at the point guard position, scoring 13 points and assisting on five baskets, while generating seven steals on the defensive end. Elijah Vazquez (Woonsocket, RI) rounded out the Knights’ players with double figures with 10 points, as well as totaling seven assists on the night.
The Knights’ victory brought them to a matchup with No. 19 ranked (NJCAA DII poll) Niagara County on Saturday. The Knights looked to win in order to continue their season!
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The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 16,000 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.