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Knights Slay Wyverns in Worcester!


Mitchel Noresca

Mitchel Noresca

Warwick, R.I. – January 27, 2020: The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team traveled to Worcester, MA to take on the Quinsigamond Community College Wyverns Saturday afternoon. The Knights’ offense once again shot extremely well from distance and defeated the Wyverns 98-65. The win improves CCRI’s season record to 13-7 overall and 9-0 in Region XXI play.

CCRI got off to a great start using the momentum from their Thursday game against Roxbury Community College. The Knights defensive side of the court applied fantastic pressure to stifle the Wyverns shooters. Six minutes into the game, CCRI led Quinsigamond 14-10 but then the offense awoke from its slumber. The ball movement quickened and open shots began to present themselves. CCRI made seven shots from beyond the arc and opened a 41-25 lead going into the halftime break.

CCRI didn’t slow down on either side of the ball maintaining high pressure defense and efficient offense to grow their lead further. All 11 Knights hit the scoring column with no single player scoring more than 20 points. CCRI shot an impressive 61.5% from long range, making 16 three-pointers. The sharing of scoring made it impossible for the Wyverns to slow the Knights offensive stride. Quinsigamond could not match the offensive output of CCRI and the Knights would be victorious 98-65.

The Knights offense was led by sophomore co-captain Elijah Lewis (Bridgeport, CT) with 17 points as he shot 4-5 from downtown, five assists, five rebounds, three steals and one block. Freshman Mitchel Noresca (East Providence, RI) snagged a game leading 20 rebounds with 12 points, three assists, two steals and one block to end the week with a double-double. Noresca still leads the nation with 274 rebounds and has moved up to fourth in the nation with 13.7 rebounds per game. Sophomore co-captain Dylan Durante (Johnston, RI) tallied 13 points going 3-8 from beyond the arc while adding two assists and one steal. Freshman Mikey Gamble (Hartford, CT) registered 12 points, four assists and three steals. Freshman Bereket Janat (Westerly, RI) chipped in with a career-high 10 points and added five rebounds from the bench.

Head Coach Rick Harris commented: “The team was really clicking as a single unit these past two region games. They seem totally bought into team play and they recognize the opportunities our pressure defense creates for everyone. We are working hard now on the mental aspects of the game. Always playing hard, taking no plays off and remaining focused only on each other. Our opponent tested us but we held together and remained composed. I was most proud of that aspect of the game. The need to understand CCRI always has a target on their backs and they must respond accordingly.”

The CCRI Knights men’s basketball will next be in action on Tuesday, January 28th at 7:00 p.m. as they host the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology Chargers.

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