Knights Comeback Blocked by No.7 Bayhawks 99-94
Warwick, R.I. – December 14, 2018: The CCRI Knights men's basketball team traveled to Fall River, MA to face off with the No. 7 Bristol Community College Bayhawks (BCC) Thursday night. A strong second half push fell just short and the Knights fell to the Bayhawks 99-94. The loss drops CCRI's season record to 10-3 overall and 9-2 in Region XXI play.
Bristol came out from the get go, pushing the pace with aggressive and fast offense that knocked the Knights back slightly. CCRI struggled to match the intensity and began to fall behind. Bristol's lead was as large as 18 points during the first half and as the teams headed into the locker-room the lead was 14 points, 56-42.
CCRI buckled down in the second half and began to chip away at the Bristol lead. The Knights got within four points of the Bayhawks with 4:57 remaining in the game with the score set at 86-82. However, the two teams would go basket for basket down the stretch and CCRI wasn't able to find that little bit extra. The Knights would lose to Bristol 99-95.
Leading the Knights was sophomore co-captain Peter Wilson (Providence, RI) scoring 28 points, with five rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block. Freshman Darren Robinson (Providence, RI) tallied 18 points, nine rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocks. Sophomore co-captain JC Santos (East Providence, RI) chipped in 13 points, six assists, five rebounds and four steals. Freshman Jason Palmer (Narragansett, RI) recorded nine points and eight rebounds. Sophomore Oscar Iteji (Schenectady, NY) registered nine points, six rebounds, three blocks, two assists and two steals.
Head Coach Rick Harris commented: "Proud that our guys fought back in over the second half making the game close and giving us a chance to try and steal a victory. We will continue to work hard and try to get better both physically and mentally. It's a long season and we look forward to seeing BCC at home down the road!"
The CCRI Knights men's basketball team will next be in action on Saturday, December 15th at 1 p.m. as they host the Wyverns of Quinsigamond Community College for their last game of 2018.
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England's largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 15,000 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.