Palmer Pushes Knights Past Roxbury 95-77!
Warwick, R.I. – December 5, 2018: The CCRI Knights men's basketball team traveled to Roxbury, MA to face the Tigers of Roxbury Community College. A very close game halfway through then opened up as CCRI won by nearly 20 points. The win improves CCRI's season record to 8-2 overall and 7-1 in Region XXI play.
CCRI came off the bus and ready to face a hot shooting team in Roxbury. The Tigers led early 10-9 and was later level at 17-17 with 12:20 left in the first half. Sophomore co-captain JC Santos (East Providence, RI) led the pace in the first half, going 3-3 from three-point range and helped the Knights to a 44-40 halftime lead.
CCRI changed the defensive shape to start the second half. They went into their 1-3-1 trap zone which Roxbury never seemed to adjust to. The Knights, behind freshman Jason Palmer's (Narragansett, RI) 26 second half points and sophomore co-captain Peter Wilson's (Providence, RI) 12 pushed the lead to 54-44 with 16:11 remaining. The lead continued to grow, moving to 66-54 with 11 minutes remaining. The lead never crept below the double-digit mark and the Knights would win the game 95-77.
The Knights were led by Jason Palmer's fifth double-double in as many games as he racked up a career high 35 points and added 15 rebounds, four assist, one steal and one block. JC Santos scored 20 points with eight assists, four rebounds and three steals. Peter Wilson dropped 20 points and added six rebounds, four assists and three steals. Sophomore Oscar Iteji (Schenectady, NY) added 10 rebounds, three blocked shots with five points.
Head Coach Rick Harris commented: "Defense paved the way tonight. That and Jason Palmer's monster game! It is nice to see a player emerge as he has. Especially rewarding him after coming back from knee surgery. Back to work in preparation for Saturday's home game vs MassBay."
The CCRI Knights men's basketball team will next be in action on Saturday, December 8th at 2 p.m. as they host the Massachusetts Bay (MassBay) Community College Buccaneers.
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.