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Knights Conquer Cougars 93-54 in Region Opener!


RJ Pina Jumper v Mercer

Freshman RJ Pina

Warwick, R.I. – November 10, 2021: the CCRI Knights Men’s Basketball Team travelled to Holyoke Community College in Holyoke, MA to play the Cougars for the Region XXI Division III league season opener. The Knights defeated the Cougars 93-54. With the victory CCRI improves to 2-1 on the season and begins Region XXI play with a 1-0 record.

The Knights were looking to keep their wining ways going as they took the court in their first Region XXI game of the year versus Holyoke Community College who were playing in their first game of the season.  CCRI took control of the game quickly and never looked back.  The Knights had four players in double-figures, they shared the ball well with 30 assists during the game. In addition, they played great defense creating 11 steals and blocking four shots and controlled the boards with 45 team rebounds.  The Knights took a 45-26 lead into the halftime break.  CCRI outscored The Cougars 48-28 in the second half to cruise to the 93-54 victory.

Leading the way for the Knights was sophomore Forward Mitchell Noresca (East Providence, RI) who scored a game-high 26 points, including 20 in the first half, with nine rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot.  Freshman Center Levi King (Westerly, RI) added 14 points with six rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot.  Freshman Points guard RJ Pina (East Providence, RI) came off the bench to score 14 points with five assists and four rebounds. Sophomore captain Luke Fusaro (Charlestown, RI) scored 11 points with two assists and two rebounds.  Freshman Points Guard Nelvin Blanco (Cranston, RI) did a great job distributing the ball to his teammates with a game-high 10 assists to go with three steals, four rebounds and four points.

Head Coach Rick Harris commented after the game: “Nice to get that first league game win tonight and see everyone contribute. The team took care of the ball with just 12 turnovers and showed nice team play with 30 assists. The defense was active which led to our good offensive output. We will need all areas of our game to be even better when we take on the always tough Central Maine Mustangs Saturday.”

The next game for the Knights will be this Saturday the 13th when they host the Mustangs of Central Maine Community College to the Cullen Fieldhouse at 2pm as part of a doubleheader where the Lady Knights will play Bunker Hill at 12noon.

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The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 10,000 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.