Knights Sweep Springfield 94-70!
Warwick, R.I. – February 18, 2020: The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team traveled to Springfield, MA to take on the Springfield Technical Community College Rams Saturday afternoon. The Knights’ defense shut down the Rams in the second half helping CCRI to a 94-70 victory. The win improves CCRI’s season record 19-9 overall and 15-2 in Region XXI play.
CCRI looked to replicate the success they had against Springfield Tech back in November where they won 103-86 at home. In their second meeting the teams would be much more level through the opening 20 minutes. Freshman Mitchel Noresca (East Providence, RI) led all scorers in the opening half with 17 points with sophomore co-captain Jeremy Remigio (Providence, RI) chipping in 10 first half points. At the half time break CCRI held a slim 45-40 lead over Springfield Tech.
In the second half the Knights was able to both slow down the Rams as well as improve on their scoring as well. Springfield Tech was held to 30 second half points. CCRI was able to steal the ball 10 times with Mitchel Noresca leading the charge with four. Dominating the paint also led to CCRI outscoring Springfield Tech by 19 points in the final 20 minutes. Freshman Reece Bullock (Coventry, RI) led the Knights in the second half with 13 points with Jeremy Remigio adding another 10-point half to his afternoon’s performance. At the final buzzer the Knights were on top by a final score of 94-70.
The Knights were led by Mitchel Noresca who had another monster day with 25 points, 20 rebounds, four steals, two blocks and one assist. Jeremy Remigio dropped 20 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and one steal. Reece Bullock tallied 18 points, 13 rebounds and two steals. Sophomore co-captain Elijah Lewis (Bridgeport, CT) contributed 13 points, seven assists, three steals and two rebounds. Freshman Mikey Gamble (Hartford, CT) produced 13 points and two rebounds from the bench.
Head Coach Rick Harris commented: “Solid Region XXI win today. We needed it as we get ready for MassBay on Sophomore Nights, Tuesday evening. Today’s game also was enjoyable as it allowed me to reflect on my 30 years of coaching at Cranston high school from 1990-2006 and here at CCRI for the past 14 seasons. Today’s win was the 500th that I have been involved with. I have been blessed to have had so many talented, hard-working and dedicated student-athletes both coaching the Thunderbolts and the Knights. I have also worked alongside many loyal coaches and got to share some memorable times with them all. I thank all of my team and players for taking me on this great journey. Many memorable moments because of them.”
The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team will next be in action on Tuesday, February 18th at 7:00 p.m. as they host the MassBay Community College Buccaneers. The evening will also serve as Sophomore day where CCRI will recognize their three sophomores; Elijah Lewis, Jeremy Remigio and Dylan Durante.
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, four club programs and an academic support program for all student-athletes.