Knights Handedly Defeat Holyoke 104-56!
Warwick, R.I. – November 13, 2018: The CCRI Knights men's basketball team hosted their first weekend home game of the season with the Holyoke Community College Cougars coming to town. The Knights jumped out of the gate quickly, taking an 8-0 lead in just over one minute. CCRI never looked back and their prolific offense kept pushing, scoring over 100 points. The game ended with a score line of 104-56. The win improves CCRI's season record to 3-0 overall as well as 3-0 in Region XXI play.
The Saturday afternoon game was originally scheduled to be at Holyoke but was moved due to unforeseen complications. Nevertheless, the Knights buckled down and got straight to business. The quick lead never dissipated and the defensive high press and pinch created chances off of the Holyoke turnovers. The Knights defense forced 25 turnovers in total with 16 of those coming off the steal. The gap at halftime was a whopping 23 points with the scoreboard showing 45-22.
The offense matched the high energy and impressive end product that was emulating from the defense. From the floor, CCRI shot over 58% and from beyond the arc an impressive 42.3%. This combined with the ability to drive the lanes especially off the fast break ended in five Knights hitting double digits in scoring. The second half saw even more points scored, 58 in route to a 104-56 final score.
The Knights were led by Elijah Lewis (Bridgeport, CT) who racked up 20 points, five assists, four steals and two rebounds. Franklin Udeh (Boston, MA) charted his first career double-double scoring 17 points off the bench while securing 11 rebounds while adding one steal and one block. JC Santos (East Providence, RI) registered 17 points with six assists, five rebounds and two steals. Peter Wilson (Providence, RI) tallied 11 points with five assists, two steals and a rebound. The fifth and final Knight to hit double digit scoring was Jason Palmer (Narragansett, RI) who totaled 11 points with eight rebounds and five assists.
Head Coach Rick Harris commented: "Excellent team play and balance against Holyoke. Sometimes games like Saturday's when you gain a large lead are not easy to play. Our guys however did what they had to do and put in the work that they needed to. Games like these are important in preparing to some of the big challenges coming up for us beginning with Northern Essex Tuesday night. Today I thought freshman Franklin Udeh (17 points and 11 rebounds) and Elijah Lewis (20 points, 5 assists and 4 steals) really stepped up and set the tone for us. If we continue to do that we will improve as we hope and talk about daily".
The next game for the Knights will be Tuesday the 13th when they travel to Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill, MA for a Region XXI league game at 6:00pm.
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.