WACBA Men’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, January 7th, 2020)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation & @WACBAHoops 

Happy New Year!

A few weeks of college basketball in the Worcester area are in the books, which means it is time to unveil our fifth Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Honor Roll for the 2019-20 season.

Noontime Sports is proud to sponsor with WACBA for the seventh consecutive season to host the weekly honor roll, which will be seen every Tuesday throughout the current college basketball season. Each week, we will select a player and rookie of the week, as well as highlight various milestones, too.

Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more. 

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Anna Maria College’s Mike Rapoza averaged a double-double in four contests over the holiday break for the AMCATs. (PHOTO COURTESY: Anna Maria College Athletics)

Men’s Basketball Player of the Week: Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria College | Sr. | Charlton, Mass.): Rapoza competed in four contests since Monday, December 9th, 2019, averaging 23.25 points and 18 rebounds per game. During the four-game stretch, the senior forward tallied 20 rebounds or more in back-to-back wins over Framingham State and Mitchell College. He also recorded 20 points or more in both contests, too. Against Trinity College this past weekend, Rapoza recorded a double-double of 29 points and 14 rebounds.

Joe Pridgen averaged 20.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 2.8 assists in six games since Monday, December 9th, 2019. (PHOTO COURTESY: Holy Cross Athletics)

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Joe Pridgen (Holy Cross | Fr. | Winchendon, Mass.): In six games since Monday, December 9th, 2019, Pridgen has averaged 20.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 2.8 assists, while hitting 59.0 percent of his field-goal attempts and 57.1 percent of his three-pointers. He scored a career-high 32 points against UMass Boston while adding  26 points against Loyola (Md.) and 23 points against Sacred Heart. The first-year forward netted double-figures in three more outings since his team’s mid-to-late December contests while matching a career-high of nine rebounds at Siena.

Assumption College’s Matthew Kelly averaged 20 points in four contests since mid-to-late December while eclipsing the 1,000-point mark against Georgian Court. (PHOTO COURTESY: Assumption College Athletics)

Men’s Milestone of the Week: Matthew Kelly (Assumption College | Jr. | North Potomac, Md.): Kelly scored 80 points in a four-game stretch for Assumption College as the Hounds picked up four wins since the beginning of December and now sit at 8-4 overall as of this morning’s release. He started the break with 25 points in a 91-76 conference victory at Saint Michael’s before netting his 1,000th career point in a victory over Georgian Court where he totaled 17 points, six rebounds, five assists, and two steals. Kelly would add 12 points in a victory over Chestnut Hill before putting up a game-high 26 points in an 83-79 victory at Molloy this past Saturday. He is currently leading the Hounds with 19.2 points per game.

Men’s WACBA Honor Roll | Tuesday, January 7th, 2020

Zackary Mittelstadt (Clark University | Sophomore |Wilton, Maine): In a pair of late December contests against Endicott College and Salem State, the second-year guard averaged 17.5 points and 2.0 rebounds per game. He netted a season-high 22 points on 7 of 11 field-goal attempts against the Vikings, which helped Clark score a 97-87 win before tallying 13 points in a 94-71 setback to the Gulls of Endicott.

Mateus Ribeiro (Becker |Jr. | Sao Paulo, Brazil): Ribeiro entered the break by continuing to enjoy a breakout year for the Hawks, as the Junior averaged 22.5 points, 12.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game in wins over Bridgewater State and Maine Maritime. Ribeiro shot 52.6 percent from the floor.

Garrett Stephenson (WPI| Jr. | Townsend, MA): Stephenson netted eight of WPI’s 17 points in a game-opening 17-0 run as the Crimson and Gray opened 2020 with a 90-38 road victory at Framingham State. The junior center finished with a game-best 16 points on perfect 8 of 8 shooting from the floor to go along with four rebounds and three assists in just 17 minutes of action.  Stephenson added a defensive effort that equaled the fewest points allowed in the Chris Bartley era as the Engineers have not allowed fewer points in a game in 68 years, a span of 1,562 games.

Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more. 


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