Knights Outdone in OT by Vikings 88-87
Warwick, R.I. – January 13, 2020: The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team hosted the Westchester Community College Vikings on Saturday evening for their first game of the 2020 CCRI Invitational. The Knights battled valiantly against the Vikings but would be vanquished in overtime 88-87. The loss drops CCRI’s season record to 10-5 overall.
CCRI struggled early in Saturday’s game against a strong Westchester squad. The Vikings came out with a high intensity that was difficult to match. CCRI found themselves behind on the score board 21-14 with 12:21 left in the first half. Westchester kept up the pressure and some errors on the part of CCRI’s offense led to the score line broadening. At halftime the Vikings led the Knights 51-34.
The beginning of the second half saw the Knights’ offense play with more efficiency and making every possession matter. CCRI started to chip away at the lead, trailing 60-49 six minutes in before drawing within one point three minutes later. Both teams would go back and forth but Westchester would hold onto the lead.
With 37.9 seconds left on the clock and trailing 76-73, CCRI got a crucial defensive stop after a prolonged Westchester possession. The Knights then had 10.9 seconds left to tie the game up. Sophomore co-captain Elijah Lewis (Bridgeport, CT) took control of the ball drove and pulled up for his second buzzer beater three of the season, this time to send the game to overtime.
Westchester started the overtime period strong and CCRI was forced to play catch up again. CCRI got within one point but were unable to reproduce their magic again and would lose the game 88-87 in overtime.
The Knights’ offense was led by freshman Reece Bullock (Coventry, RI) with a double-double as he scored 21 points, shooting 2-4 from three-point range with 10 rebounds, two assists and one steal. Elijah Lewis tallied 17 points as he shot 3-7 from beyond the arc and added seven assists and seven rebounds. Freshman Mikey Gamble (Hartford, CT) registered 16 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Freshman Mitchel Noresca (East Providence, RI) had another prolific game in the paint ripping down a game-leading 15 rebounds while adding 12 points.
The CCRI Knights men’s basketball will next be in action on Wednesday, January 15th at 7:00 p.m. as they host the Massasoit Community College Warriors for. Region XXI showdown.
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.