Knights Subdue Southern Maine 82-62!
Warwick, R.I. – January 6, 2020: The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team headed to South Portland, Maine to take on the Seawolves of Southern Maine Community College for their first game of the new year on Saturday afternoon. The Knights started 2020 well playing with the same intensity shown in 2019 and defeated the Seawolves 82-64. The win improves CCRI’s season record to 10-4 overall.
The trip to Portland has given CCRI some struggles in years past and would prove a good test to start 2020. The Knights certainly rose to the occasion and played with a high intensity that Southern Maine struggled to match. At times the intensity was a little too much and CCRI started forcing the ball resulting in several unforced turnovers. CCRI led at half time 43-25.
The offense, when controlled, played with fantastic balance. Six Knights hit double digit scoring as the ball was moved around the court with purpose. Southern Maine never fell exceedingly far behind but never really threatened either and in the end CCRI were victorious 82-62.
The Knights offense was led by sophomore co-captain Elijah Lewis (Bridgeport, CT) with 18 points, six assists, five rebounds and three steals. Freshman Mitchel Noresca (East Providence, RI) had another monstrous game in the paint with a game leading 16 rebounds and added 15 points, one assists and one steal. Noresca has risen to third in the nation with 173 total rebounds on the season. Sophomore co-captain Jeremy Remigio (Providence, RI) tallied 11 points, nine assists, eight rebounds and three steals. Freshman Reece Bullock (Coventry, RI) registered 11 points, six rebounds and one steal. Sophomore co-captain Dylan Durante (Johnston, RI) recorded 10 points, three rebounds and one assist. Freshman Steve DelSesto (North Providence, RI) chipped in 10 points, three rebounds, three assists and one steal from the bench.
Head Coach Rick Harris commented: “Surprisingly easy day against a traditionally tough Seawolves team. With both teams coming back from holiday break we were able to pick up where we left off prior to Christmas. Too many turnovers today for my liking, but we were very active defensively and moved the ball well on offense. Mitchell Noresca and Elijah Lewis were real forces on the court today setting the tone for a game in which all worked very hard and thus a final result we were able to enjoy on the long ride home.”
The CCRI Knights men’s basketball will next be in action on Saturday, January 11th at 7:00 p.m. as they host the Westchester Community College Vikings for day one of the 2020 CCRI Invitational.
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.