Knights Cut Down by DII Cougars 75-70
Warwick, R.I. – December 9, 2019: The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team headed Batavia, NY to take on the Genesee Community College Cougars in the GCC Cougar Holiday Classic Saturday afternoon. High intensity defense rushed both teams while shooting, resulting in a low scoring 75-70 game which fell the way of the Cougars. The loss drops CCRI’s season record to 7-3 overall.
Off the back of a 120-point day against Northern Essex Community College, CCRI looked to continue their offensive momentum. The opposition Genesee Cougars would provide stiff competition and offered plenty of pressure to put off the Knights’ shooters. The Knights gave that high pressure right back to the Cougars and at halftime CCRI led Genesee by the slimmest of margins 37-36.
The trend of defensive pressure and missed shots continued in the second half as CCRI shot 40.7% from the floor and 36.0% from beyond the arc on the game. Genesee struggled even more as they went 38.7% from the floor and 24.2% from three-point range as a team. The difference was made at the foul line as the Cougars shot 19-30, making six more than the Knights as they went 13-22 from the line.
CCRI battled for the full 40 minutes nonstop. Freshman Mikey Gamble (Hartford, CT) had a career high 31 points on the afternoon and kept the Knights within striking distance. Genesee had their own point powerhouse in the form of Selassie (Tyler) Bourne as he posted 29 points and led his team throughout the 40 minutes. At the final buzzer, Genesee sat on top of the scoreboard 75-70 to take the win over the Knights.
CCRI was led by the fore mentioned Mikey Gamble as he added six rebounds and one assist to the 31 points. Gamble shot 7-11 from three-point land and played all but two of the 40 minutes of the game to keep his side in it. Sophomore co-captain Elijah Lewis (Bridgeport, CT) registered 13 points, eight rebounds and one assist. Fellow sophomore co-captain Jeremy Remigio (Providence, RI) supplied nine points, five rebounds and three assists.
The CCRI Knights men’s basketball will next be in action on Sunday, December 8th at 1:00 p.m. as they travel to Batavia, NY to take on the Niagara County Community College Thunder Wolves in the GCC Cougar Holiday Classic.
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.