Knights Strong Second Half Upends UCAP!
Warwick, R.I. – November 13, 2019: The CCRI Knights men’s basketball traveled to Groton, CT to face off with the UConn Avery Point Pointers. The Knights struggled early, down by 19 points at halftime, but were prolific in the second half and walked away with an 89-73 victory. The win improves their season record to 2-2 record overall and 1-0 in Region XXI play.
The CCRI Knights came into UConn Avery Point’s (UCAP) gymnasium looking to start their Region XXI campaign off with a good start. The Pointers came out pushing hard and enjoyed success around their perimeter. A 19-point lead was the result as the teams headed into the locker room with UCAP on top 48-29.
Head Coach Rick Harris looked to push the boys saying “Do to them what they just did to you. Just go out and win the second half." The spark was lit and CCRI opened up with a 19-0 run of scoring to tie the game up at 48-48. The Knights didn’t slow down and continued the run, 30-5 to gain their second half lead and never look back.
Strong play in the paint helped the Knights overtake the Pointers as CCRI ripped down a team total of 57 rebounds. They also shot 52.7% from the floor and 36.8% from beyond the arc as a team. The defensive play was elevated as well as the Knights forced 12 second half turnovers from the Pointers and turned defense into offense.
Five Knights hit double digit scoring and the offense was led by freshman Mikey Gamble (Hartford, CT) scoring a career high 25 points with seven rebounds, three assists and one steal. Freshman Mitchel Noresca (East Providence, RI) secured a game leading and career high 19 rebounds with seven points, two assists, two blocks and one steal. Freshman Reece Bullock (Coventry, RI) tallied 15 points, nine rebounds, one assist and one steal. Sophomore Elijah Lewis (Bridgeport, CT) totaled 10 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and five steals. Sophomore Jeremy Remigio (Providence, RI) also tallied 10 points with eight rebounds, four assists and two steals. From the bench, sophomore Dylan Durante (Johnston, RI) contributed 10 points and three rebounds.
Coach Harris commented: "Our coaches were extremely proud of how the guys handled adversity tonight. They don't always play how they want to and should but they sure play hard. We are a young team and a work in progress but a very talented team. Tonight, the young men saw what they can accomplish when they play as a team."
The spark on both sides of the court pushed the Knights to an 89-73 victory over UCAP to start off their Region XXI campaign perfectly.
The CCRI Knights men’s basketball will next be in action on Saturday, November 16th at 3:00 p.m. as they host the Springfield Technical Community College Rams for a 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.