Warwick, R.I. – November 16, 2016: The CCRI Knights took on The Bulldogs of Bunker Hill Community College from Charlestown, MA at Vincent a Cullen Fieldhouse on Tuesday night. The Knights fought hard but were unable to come out with the victory, losing 78-72. The loss leaves the Knights at 1-1 on the season and 1-1 in Region XXI play.
The first half was an offense showcase. CCRI was led by Elijah Vasquez’s (Woonsocket, RI) three-point shooting. Vasquez was able to make four 3-pointers in the first half, leading the Knights with 12 points in the half. The Knights fought hard in a back and forth first half which saw them go into halftime with a one-point lead, 43-42.
As the second half started, the Knights were unable to keep the offensive fireworks going, while Bunker Hill kept scoring. The Bulldogs went on a 16-4 run to start the second half, leading to an 11-point lead for the Bulldogs with 13 minutes remaining. Seeing the score, Head Coach Rick Harris put in five fresh players to attack the Bunker Hill defense, and the move proved beneficial. The fresh players were able to lead the Knights on a 17-8 run, giving the Knights a tie game late in the half. Darryl Flowers (Waterbury, CT) was able to finish on a layup to tie the game. Jason Palmer (Narragansett, RI) was able to make the most of his minutes as well, going 2-3 from the field with a 3-pointer and a three-point play on a layup.
After the game was tied, Bunker Hill was able to find their offensive groove again. They ended the game on an 11-6 run, fending off the Knights relentless effort and shots. Anslem Edegbe was the game’s leading scorer with 16 points and 11 rebounds for Bunker Hill. Edvaldo Ferreira (Praia, Cape Verde) contributed a big game for the Knights with 12 points, 13 rebounds, and six blocked shots. Elijah Vasquez led the Knights with 15 points, all on three pointers. Coach Harris was proud of his team. He noted that this was a “great early season battle, and to win these types of games we have to learn how to play together and play hard, smart basketball. It will happen, it’s a process.” Coach Harris has the faith in his team for the tough losses like this to become victories later in the season.
The Knights will take on Raritan Valley in the RVCC Fall Classis on Friday, and play throughout the weekend at the tournament. You can find updated on the team at @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.