Knights Bully Bulldogs 105-80!
Warwick, R.I. – February 7, 2020: The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team hosted the Bunker Hill Community College Bulldogs Thursday evening. A dominant first half paved the way to a comfortable 105-80 victory for the Knights. The win improves CCRI’s season record 17-8 overall and 13-1 in Region XXI play.
The Bulldogs came into the Vincent A. Cullen Field House for the first time this season and looking to improve upon their 8-3 Region XXI record. The Knights sit on top of the region with a 12-1 record coming into Thursday night and looked to maintain form.
CCRI came out swinging and amassed points from the get go. Bunker Hill could not match the offensive pace and struggled to slow the prolific scoring of CCRI and began to fall further and further behind. Sophomore co-captain Elijah Lewis (Bridgeport, CT) led scoring through the opening 20 minutes with 12 points while freshman Mitchel Noresca (East Providence, RI) contributed 10 points the CCRI lead. At the halfway mark, The Knights led the Bulldogs by 22 points; 52-30.
In the second half the Bulldogs began to enjoy more offensive success but were matched basket for basket by CCRI. The Knights did not slow down a step, scoring 53 second half points to maintain their substantial lead. At the final buzzer the Knights would be victorious over the Bulldogs 105-80.
CCRI was led by Mitchel Noresca who charted his 13th double-double of the season with 18 points and 12 rebounds while adding two steals, one assist and one blocked shot. Elijah Lewis also tallied 18 points including a game-high four 3-pointers with eight rebounds and six assists. Sophomore co-captain Jeremy Remigio (Providence, RI) registered 15 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals. Freshman Bereket Janat (Westerly, RI) produced a career-high 13 points with four rebounds, four assists and two steals. Freshman Mikey Gamble (Hartford, CT) chipped in 11 points, three rebounds, two steals and one assists. Freshman Reece Bullock (Coventry, RI) ripped down 11 rebounds with an additional eight points and one block.
Head Coach Rick Harris commented: “Tonight I felt we played probably our most complete game of the year. Our players maturity and basketball understanding seems to really have kicked in of late. Defensively as a team we held Bunker Hill’s two leading scorers who both average over 20 points per game, to 10 and 14 points respectively. Great chance to win when we play with that kind of focus defensively. All teams have been improving in our Region so we must be sure to bring our ‘A’ game each night. Our pressure game and running game can make teams uncomfortable so hopefully we can keep getting better in those areas. Last night was what we work for, playing our best in playoff type matchups against our Region rivals.”
The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team will next be in action on Saturday, February 8th at 2:00 p.m. as they travel to Holyoke, MA to take on the Holyoke Community College Cougars.
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 10 varsity programs and an academic support program for all student-athletes.