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All-Noontime Sports Men’s Basketball Team Of The Year

All-Noontime Team

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Noontime Sports and NoontimeSports.com is pleased to unveil our first-ever All-Noontime Sports Men’s Basketball Teams!

Men’s Coach of the Year: Ryan Cain (Keene State)

Men’s Player of the Year: Joey Flannery (Babson College)

Men’s Rookie of the Year: Jake Ross (Springfield College)

All-Noontime First Team 

Joey Flannery 

Babson College

Acton, Mass.

Matt St. Amour

Middlebury College

Swanton, Vt.

Daniel Aronowitz  Williams College Columbus, Ohio
Marcos Echevarria  Nichols College  Lynn, Mass.
 Hugh Lindo   Eastern Conn. State Univ.  Enfield, Conn.

All-Noontime Second Team 

 Jaleel Bell Fitchburg State Dorchester, Mass.
 Raheem Anderson  Husson University  Miramar, Fla.
 Kamahl Walker  Endicott College  Worcester, Mass.
 Matt Ozzella   Keene State  Medway, Mass.
 Ed Ogundeko  Trinity College  Brooklyn, N.Y.

All-Noontime Third Team 

 Jake Ross  Springfield College  Northampton, Mass.
Jaqhawn Walters  Albertus Magnus  Hartford, Conn.
 Johnny McCarthy  Amherst College  Medfield, Mass.
 Marcus Delpeche  Bates College  Wilmington, Del.
 Armin Omanovic  Lasell College  Wilkesboro, N.C.

New England D3 Hoops Notebook: MIT Men’s Hoops Focused On Playing The ‘Right Way’

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A young and exciting MIT men’s basketball team, which has won 11 of 14 contests this season, is continuing to learn how to play ‘ the right way,’ according to Coach Larry Anderson. (PHOTO CREDIT: MIT Athletics)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11

It’s been a learning process for the MIT men’s basketball team this season.

Larry Anderson’s squad is extremely young – six first-years and six sophomores, to be exact – but every player is eager to learn, both through practices and games. And that willingness to be the best has resulted in an impressive 11-3 overall ledger.

Senior co-captain Tim Butala is one of many players that have stepped-up this season for the Cardinal and Gray – he has netted a team-high 200 points, including 18 trifectas.

Sophomores Dakota Pierce, Cameron Korb and AJ Jurko have also contributed to MIT’s recent success on both ends of the court – all three can drive, pull-up and secure important rebounds, especially on defense.

“I am proud of my guys,” Anderson said following his team’s 84-59 win over Fitchburg State on Monday. “They’re finding a way to compete and figuring out how to play basketball the right way.”

Playing basketball the ‘right way,’ according to Anderson, starts with defense followed by success at the free-throw line. And the Engineers defense certainly did its job against the Falcons, forcing 15 turnovers that resulted in 20 points.

Additionally, the Engineers were successful at the stripe, converting 20 of 28 free throws, while locating quality shots, both inside and outside the half circle.

The game also featured glimpses of what this squad could become – again, the Engineers are young, but constantly learning from Anderson and the coaching staff on how to play basketball ‘the right way.’

“I saw a few plays that we made on both ends that I was pleased with,” said Anderson.

Those few plays Anderson highlighted will be needed throughout the remainder of the season, especially over the next few weeks.

MIT, currently 3-0 in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play, is set to host Springfield College on Saturday before entertaining top-ranked Babson College on Wednesday.

“We’re 0-0 right now. That is the way we have always approached it,” said Anderson. “Our guys understand that each game is different, each matchup is different and we try to prepare that way, so we’ll see what we can do.”

Extra, Extra: Earlier this week, I saw an exciting Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) clash between Mount Ida College and Lasell College (men’s basketball).

The game was billed as a must-see contest and it lived up to the hype.

Lasell captured the game, improving to 6-0 in league play and 9-4 overall. Their win snapped Mount Ida’s longest win-streak in league play of six-games.

Senior Armin Omanovic was quite impressive; netting a game-high 35 points, while sophomore Tim Blair sank a season-best eight three-pointers. Blair was on a roll after his initial trifecta in the opening session, knocking down three-pointer after three-pointer. He finished the game 8 of 14 from beyond the arc.

Mount Ida did not back down after the opening tip, receiving contributions on both ends from senior Ethan Dujon and juniors Jayson Clark and Errald Jordine.

Both teams will play again later this month, so if you’re looking for a quality mid-week clash, head over to Mount Ida on Wednesday, January 25.

* The Endicott College men’s basketball bounced back from a 74-70 setback to Western New England with an 82-66 win over Salve Regina on Wednesday. The Gulls will host Nichols College on Saturday – if you’re around, head to campus to watch a very important Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) clash. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m.

* The Roger Williams University women’s basketball secured the top spot in the CCC with a 57-47 win over Western New England on Wednesday. Both teams entered the game undefeated.

Senior Bridget Quilty led the Hawks with a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds, while junior Anna Walther netted 15 points and dished out a trio of assists. Roger Williams visits Gordon on Saturday.

* The Eastern Connecticut State University men’s basketball captured its sixth-straight contest last night by defeating UMass Dartmouth to bump its conference ledger to 4-0. Both teams last met in the Little East Conference (LEC) semifinal last season, a game the Corsairs captured en route to the league championship.

The Warriors of Eastern Connecticut return to the hardwood on Saturday when they visit UMass Boston. The Beacons have won three-straight, including a double-overtime win last night against Plymouth State.

* New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play just started, but I have a few teams – or technically thoughts on some squads worth keeping an eye on over the next few weeks.

The Bates College men’s basketball team could be a tough out in the league tournament; they’re off to their best start in league play since 2011 (the Bobcats are currently 2-0). The Bobcats have a challenging weekend ahead – they will face Hamilton tomorrow (Friday, January 13) and Middlebury College on Saturday.

Middlebury visit Tufts University on Friday evening – that game should be a must-watch or attend if you’re in the area. Could this game be perhaps a semifinal or championship preview? Possibly, but I also think we shouldn’t overlook Williams College, too.

As for some women’s NESCAC teams to watch, keep an eye on Bowdoin College, Connecticut College and Middlebury. All three will challenge Amherst College and Tufts for the top spot.

* The Husson University women’s basketball team has been unstoppable this season, winning nine of ten games, including six North Atlantic Conference (NAC) tilts. They could distance themselves in the standings this weekend with wins over Johnson State and Lyndon State.

Keep an eye on Lyndon State junior Mikayla Hodge, who was tabbed this week’s conference player of the week after posting a three double-doubles last week. She averaged 16.7 points per game, 14.7 caroms and 1.3 blocks.

Catching Up With Armin Omanovic (Lasell Men’s Basketball)

Armin Omanovic has the Lasell men's basketball team headed in the right direction. (PHOTO CREDIT: Lasell College Athletics)

Armin Omanovic has the Lasell men’s basketball team headed in the right direction. (PHOTO CREDIT: Lasell College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports.com

Lasell College senior Armin Omanovic has enjoyed an impressive start to his senior season, earning a pair of Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) honors – his most recent weekly accolade came last Monday, December 5th – while leading the team in points (244), trifectas (28) and free-throws converted (64).

Most recently, Omanovic guided the Lasers to a pair of wins last week, including an impressive victory over Keene State – the program’s first since the 2013-14 season.

Lasell heads into the holiday break 6-3 overall, but 3-0 in league play. The Lasers  return to the court next month when they host Rivier in a GNAC clash on Thursday, January 5, 2017.

Before Omanovic departed campus to celebrate the holidays with friends and family, Noontime Sports caught up with the Wilkesboro, North Carolina native to discuss his team’s first half of the season.

Your team wrapped up the first half of play this past weekend against Amherst. Tell me about that particular contest and the fight your team displayed from the opening tip? 

We knew that they were ranked number one in the country, but  did not focus on that. Instead, we tried to come out and play our game because we knew if we played our game, we can beat any team in the country. Amherst jumped on us early with a big lead, but we chipped away at it and made it a game until the end. I was very proud of my teammates’ efforts.

It’s been an exciting start to the season – from your perspective, how has the team improved each day/week? 

We come in every day with a focus to get better than we were the day before.

Your team claimed some impressive wins recently, including victories against Johnson & Wales and Keene State. How will those games help the team moving into GNAC play next month?  

Its gives us a lot of confidence knowing that if we play the way we should, we can achieve our goals for the season.

What’s something unique or special that many fans don’t know about this particular Lasell squad? 

We have a cast of characters on this team and I love it. Many people don’t know how truly close everyone is with each other and that’s what makes playing with them so fun. Win or lose, we still are a family.

It might sound cliché, but who taught you how to shoot a basketball? 

I taught myself how to shoot a basketball. I use to wake up every morning before school when I was younger just to work on my jump shot.

What do you enjoy more: driving for a layup or shooting a three-pointer? 

I like driving for a layup. Nothing is more satisfying than being a smaller guard and finishing against a tall defender.

Who has been a teammate – either past or current – that has helped you improve, both offensively and defensively? 

Brent Cowles has helped me elevate my game over the past few years. We have been teammates before and he taught me all the facets of the game. Without him, I couldn’t be the player that I am today and I am truly grateful for it.

Through nine games this season, Armin Omanovic leads the Lasers in free-throws converted. (PHOTO CREDIT: Lasell College Athletics)

Through nine games this season, Armin Omanovic leads the Lasers in free-throws converted. (PHOTO CREDIT: Lasell College Athletics)

Did you have any family members or siblings that played basketball in college (or high school)? 

No, I am the only one in my family that plays basketball, but they all love to watch.

Tell me about your major – how did you choose it and what do you hope to do with it? 

I am an applied mathematics major with a minor in communication. My high school math teachers made such an impact on me that I decided I wanted to purse a similar career and help students the same way they helped me. My main goal is to open an orphanage for kids in Chicago and be able to show them that you can succeed no matter what obstacles you face.

Outside of basketball, what clubs/activities are you involved with on campus? 

I have been involved with a special fundraiser back home with my best friend Christian Hurt, which is called Heal the Hurt. At the end of every year, we raise money for a young boy or girl or a group of children in need by hosting a charity basketball game.  Attendees pay $5 at the door and the event features a lot of my former and current college teammates. We have raised over $10,000 over the last five years and continue to help children all over the world.

Favorite basketball player of all-time is …? 

Kobe Bryant.

Favorite movie of all-time? 

Remember the Titans

What was the last book you read for pleasure? And would you recommend it? 

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. And I would recommend it to everyone because it portrays essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, recognizing opportunities and most importantly, follow your dreams.

Favorite food? 

Steak and cheese sub.

Three songs you listen to on a game day? 

“Déjà vu” by J. Cole

“I can” by Nas

“Love hate thing” by Wale

Finally, what do you love most about playing basketball at Lasell?

My teammates and coaching staff – they make playing basketball  (at Lasell) so enjoyable. The love and support they have for each other is indescribable. I wouldn’t be half the basketball player without every single one of my teammates and coaches. The bonds I have with my teammates and coaches will never be broken and I am excited to see how the rest of the season plays out.

Mass. College Hoops: Johnson & Wales Establishes New Program Record For Wins, Wednesday Evening Notebook

By NoontimeSports.com 

Quarry Greenway poured in 37 points and registered 16 rebounds, while converting 16 of 21 free throws as the Johnson & Wales men’s basketball team cruised past Albertus Magnus, 113-58, and established a new program record for consecutive victories with 13.

The Wildcats are currently first in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) with seven conference wins, along with 13 overall victories. Johnson & Wales has not lost a game since falling to Linfield at Lewis & Clark on November 13, 2015.

Lasell College picked-up their sixth consecutive conferences win by defeating Anna Maria College, 71-69. Armin Omanovic’s jumper with one second remaining lifted the Lasers to victory.

Babson College won its third New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest as the Beavers defeated 12th-ranked WPI on the road by a score of 73-71. Joey Flannery netted 33 points for the Green and White to lift Babson to 9-4 overall and 3-0 in league play.

UMass Boston’s Olivia Murphy became the third member of the women’s basketball program to reach 1,000 rebounds as the senior forward finished Wednesday’s contest with 14 points and 18 rebounds in a 57-56 win over Plymouth State.

In Northeast-10 Conference play last night, Bentley University graduate student Keegan Hyland netted 17 of his 22 points in the first half en route to reaching the 1,000-point milestone. Hyland and the Falcons established a 38-25-halftime lead before pulling away from Adelphi to claim an 81-61 victory. With the win, Bentley improves to 11-3 overall and 8-1 in league play.