By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) & WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)
WORCESTER – With another week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.
Men’s Player of the Week: Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria | So. | Charlton, Mass.): Rapoza recorded a pair off double-doubles last week, including 11 points and a career-high 21 caroms in a 62-56 win over SUNY Canton. One day earlier, Rapoza registered 19 points and 10 rebounds in a setback to Utica.
Men’s Rookie of the Week: Matthew Kelly (Assumption | Fr. | North Potomac, Md.): Kelly averaged 21 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game while shooting 48.2 percent from the field in leading Assumption to a perfect 2-0 mark over the holidays. The freshman posted 13 points, six assists and four rebounds in a 65-63 win over Nyack on Dec. 16. He then poured in 19 of his career-high 29 points in the second half as Assumption overcame a nine-point halftime deficit to beat Mercy 81-68 on Saturday. The freshman helped the Hounds outscore the Lions by 22 points in the second half while also finishing the contest with five rebounds, two assists and two steals in 37 minutes. Kelly made 10 of 16 field goals and was 6-for-7 from the free throw line to help Assumption earn its second straight win.
Samuel Durodola (Becker | Sr. | Rosedale, N.Y.): Durodola nearly led the Hawks to an upset victory at Bridgewater State, scoring 24 points, pulling down 11 rebounds and coming through with two blocks. The senior is averaging 19.6 points per game for the season.
Jake Needleman (WPI | Fr. | Morganville, N.J.): Needleman averaged 13.5 points on 9-of-14 shooting (64.3%) to go with five rebounds, four assists and a steal en route to E.M. “Mose” Hole/Wooster Kiwanis Classic All-Tournament team honors. He began with 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting (83.3%), including 80% (4-of-5) from beyond the arc, against host Wooster. He then scored 12 points and filled the stat sheet with two rebounds, three assists and a steal in the Engineers win versus Alma (MI).
Cal Howes (Worcester St. | So. | Maynard, Mass.): The sophomore guard registered a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds in the Lancers’ 78-64 setback to Roger Williams on Saturday. He shot 40% (6-15) from the field, 33.3% (3-9) from 3-point range, and 100% (4-4) from the charity stripe.