WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week 13 (Tues., Feb. 27th)

WACBABy 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.


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Men’s Player of the Week: DeAnte Bruton (Nichols College | Soph. | New London, Conn.): DeAnte Bruton helped lead the Bison to their second-straight CCC Championship, averaging 25.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 2.3 steals per game over three games. Bruton scored 15 points to go with five rebounds, seven assists, and two steals in a 100-68 win over Western New England. He followed that up with 34 points, including 25 in the second half, 10 rebounds, an assist, and three steals in an 89-75 win over Roger Williams. In the Championship game, Bruton scored 18 points in the first half before finishing with 27 points, three rebounds, two assists, and two steals in a 98-89 win over Endicott. For the week, Bruton shot 57.1% (32-of-56) from the field and 47.1% (8-of-17) from beyond the arc.


Jacob Grandison

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Jacob Grandison (Holy Cross | Fr. | Oakland, Calif.): Grandison led the team in both games last week. He totaled 16 points, seven rebounds, three steals and three assists in the victory over American before adding 16 points, seven rebounds and two assists at Colgate. For the week, he averaged 16.0 points 7.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals on the week, while hitting 55.0 percent of his field goal attempts and 87.5 percent of his free throws.


MARCOS POW WACBA

Honorable Mention: Marcos Echevarria (Nichols College | Jr. | Lynn, Mass.): Marcos Echevarria helped lead the Bison to their second-straight CCC crown, averaging 24.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 2.0 steals per game over three contests. Echevarria recorded 21 points, one rebound, six assists, and two steals in a 100-68 win over Western New England. He followed that up with 18 points, five rebounds, five assists, and a steal in an 89-75 win over Roger Williams. In the Championship game, he scored 33 points, including 25 in the second half, to go with four rebounds, an assist and three steals in a 98-89 win over Endicott. For the week, Echevarria shot 45.3% (24-of-53) from the field and 41.7% (15-of-36) from beyond the arc.

WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week 13 (Tues., Feb. 27th)

WACBABy 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) Women’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


BRITHERRINGPOW
Women’s Player of the Week: Britt Herring (Worcester State | Jr. | West Brookfield, Mass.):
The junior center scored her 1,000th career point and finished with a double-double of 17 points and 15 rebounds with a game-high seven blocks and a team-high five assists in the Lancers’ Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) quarterfinal overtime win over Salem State. She wrapped up the season with seven points and eight rebounds with four assists, three blocks and two steals in the MASCAC semifinal two days later in a setback to Westfield State. Overall, she averaged 12 points, 11.5 rebounds, five blocks and 4.5 assists during the MASCAC women’s basketball tournament. She shot 62.5% from the floor this past week.


Sam Maglione WACBA ROWWomen’s Rookie of the Week: Sam Maglione (Worcester State | Fr. | Lancaster, Mass.): Worcester State’s rookie Sam Maglione was a game-changer in the Lancers’ 74-69 Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) quarterfinal win over Salem State. Maglione recorded an important offensive rebound with five seconds remaining before sinking a pair of freebies that sent the game to overtime. In the extra session, she recorded a key defensive carom that sparked a 12-6 run that helped the Lancers secure an exciting tournament win. Maglione concluded the contest with seven points, including a trifecta in the extra session, while tallying four rebounds. Against Westfield State, she tallied three points in a 105-80 setback.


In the news: A congratulations is due to Coach Bill Gibbons of Holy Cross, who recently earned his 600th win on the sidelines when the Crusaders downed Colgate last Saturday on ‘Senior Day.’


Honor Roll

Cassidy Harrison (Becker College | Soph. |Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison had an incredible week for the Hawks, as she led Becker to three-straight wins and their first New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) title. The sophomore averaged 19.7 points and four steals per game while shooting 47 percent from the floor and 45 percent from behind the arc. At Mitchell last Thursday, Harrison led the upset of the second-seeded Mariners, pouring in 23 points to lift the Hawks to a 75-50 win. Then, playing at Newbury last Saturday in the Championship final, Harrison again scored 23 points as the Hawks punched their ticket to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2008.

Ama Biney (WPI | Sr. | Worcester, Mass.): The senior helped sent the Engineers to the program’s third consecutive New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) final with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds versus Babson. She also averaged three steals per game for the tournament.

Stasha Greenalch (WPI | Sr. | Newington, Conn.): Greenalch registered double digits in all three rounds of the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) tournament. The senior began with 10 points against Coast Guard before dropping a dozen in the semifinal versus Babson. She finished with 11 against MIT in the championship on Sunday. Greenalch scored four points in the overtime session with Babson and had the final say with a three-pointer in the title game.

D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Men’s Basketball Top 10 (Monday, Feb. 26th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

With another week of New England Division III men’s basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Top 10 Poll for Monday, February 26th, 2018!

This week’s poll – similar to the past 11 polls this season – is produced by the Noontime Sports College Basketball committee, which is made-up of athletic communication directors, coaches and media members here in New England.

Men’s Basketball Top 10 | Monday, February 26th, 2018

1. Williams College 

22-5 | NESCAC

Last Week: No. 2

2. Eastern Conn. St.

25-3 | LEC

Last Week: No. 1

3. Wesleyan University

21-6 | NESCAC

Last Week: No. 3

4. Hamilton College

22-4 | NESCAC

Last Week: No. 4

5. MIT

22-5 | NEWMAC

Last Week: No. 10

6. Nichols College

25-3 | CCC

Last Week: 8

7. Middlebury College 

19-6 | NESCAC

Last Week: No. 9

8. Amherst College

17-9 | NESCAC

Last Week: No. 6

9. Springfield College

18-8 | NEWMAC

Last Week: No. 7

10. Salem State 

22-4 | MASCAC

Last Week: No. 5 

On The Rise: Albertus Magnus (21-6|GNAC), Johnson & Wales (19-9 |GNAC), Keene State (19-9|LEC), New England College (NAC) and Tufts University (17-8|NESCAC)

D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Women’s Basketball Top 10 (Monday, Feb. 26th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

With another week of New England Division III women’s basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Top 10 Poll for Monday, February 26th, 2018!

This week’s poll – similar to the past 11 polls this season – is produced by the Noontime Sports College Basketball committee, which is made-up of athletic communication directors, coaches and media members here in New England.

Women’s Basketball Top 10 | Monday, February 26th, 2018

1. Amherst College

27-0 | NESCAC

Last Week: No. 1

2. Tufts University

23-4 | NESCAC

Last Week: No. 3

3. Bowdoin College 

24-2 | NESCAC

Last Week: No. 2

4. Saint Joseph’s (Maine)

27-1 | GNAC

Last Week: No. 5

5. Univ. of New Eng.

23-5 | CCC

Last Week: No. 7 

6. MIT 

18-9 | NEWMAC

Last Week: NR

7. UMass Dartmouth 

24-4 | LEC

Last Week: No. 4

8. UMass Boston 

25-3 | LEC

Last Week: NR 

9. Roger Williams 

23-5 | CCC

Last Week: No. 8 

10. WPI 

22-6 | NEWMAC

Last Week: No. 10 

On The Rise: Husson Univ. (19-9|NAC), Smith College (20-6 | NEWMAC), Wesleyan University (17-8|NESCAC) and Westfield State (19-7|MASCAC)

D3 Hoops: Sunday Night Conference Tournament Scoreboard

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

The final day of conference tournament madness concluded with a quartet of championship games!


New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC)

Men’s Basketball: Williams 69, Wesleyan 58The Ephs are headed back to the NCAA Tournament – they secured the automatic invite with a convincing win over the Cardinals, thanks to a game-high 17 points from James Heskett

Women’s Basketball: Amherst 44, Tufts 40: Madeline Eck recorded 17 points, including a late triple and two freebies during the final three minutes to lift the Mammoths past the Jumbos in the NESCAC championship.


New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC)

Men’s Basketball: MIT 63, WPI 57MIT overcame a four-point deficit at the break to defeat WPI in Springfield. With the win, the Engineers of Cambridge are headed back to the ‘big dance’ for the second-straight season after capturing yet another NEWMAC crown. AJ Jurko netted 16 points in the win – he also recorded eight rebounds, too.

Women’s Basketball: MIT 54, WPI 50: Kristen Ngan came off the bench and netted 14 points, while Taylor V’Dovec added 13 points as MIT won its first-ever NEWMAC championship.