WORCESTER –A brand new season of college basketball in Worcester has officially begun, which means its time to unveil our very first Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors, of the season.
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WACBA PLAYER OF THE WEEK Chris Cardoso (Worcester State | Soph. | Jamaica Plain, Mass.): Cardoso averaged 13.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and two assists in a 1-1 week for the Lancers. He scored 12 points with 11 rebounds in a thrilling 87-81 Midnight Madness victory over Clark University before adding a double-double of 15 points and 10 boards in an 88-68 setback to Roger Williams University.
WACBA ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Cal Connelly (Assumption | Fr. | Rochester, New Hampshire): Connelly was the lone Assumption freshman to start both games as the Hounds opened the year 2-0 for the first time since the 2015-16 season. He averaged 9.0 points and 3.5 rebounds per game while shooting 38.5 percent from the floor. In his first game he scored seven points with five rebounds in a 15-point win and followed it up with 11 points and two boards in a 17-point victory.
Men’s Basketball Honor Roll
Branislav Vujadinovic (Assumption College | Jr. | Belgrade, Serbia): Vujadinovic had a pair of strong performances to help the Hounds start 2-0 for the first time since the 2015-16 season. The junior averaged 20.5 points per game while shooting 76.2 percent from the floor and 60 percent from downtown, in addition to 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.5 assists per game. In the second-opener he had 23 points, two rebounds and made three triples in a 15-point win. Vujadinovic followed it up with 18 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals with three threes as the Hounds won by 15 points.
Biko Gayman (Clark University | Soph. | Fort Pierce, Fla.): Gayman started the season with 23 points for the Cougars on 60.0 field goal shooting percentage and 66.7 three-point shooting percentage. He also added five assists and two rebounds in the setback at Worcester State on Thursday morning.
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Chris Cardoso of Worcester State recorded his first double-double of the season as the Lancers defeated Clark University shortly after midnight on Thursday morning. (PHOTO COURTESY: Worcester State Athletics)
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Chris Cardoso registered a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds as Worcester State commenced its 2018-19 campaign with an 87-81 win earlier this morning against Clark University in the fourth annual Midnight Madness.
The early morning win for the Lancers was the program’s first against the Cougars in the Midnight Madness series, which began in 2015 with Clark scoring an 83-78 win at home that season.
Tyler Dion led the Lancers with a team-high 21 points, while Clark’s Biko Gayman tallied a game-high 23 points. Brendan Kittredge chipped in 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Red and White.
Worcester State led Clark, 39-30, at the break, while the Cougars outscored the hosts, 51-48, in the second half.
The Lancers return to the hardwood on Sunday when they visit Roger Williams for a 2 p.m. tip-off, while Clark heads to Newbury College on Monday for a 7 p.m. start.
Games to Watch in New England D3 Hoops (Thursday, Nov. 8th, 2018)
MBB: Albertus Magnus at Anna Maria, 6 p.m.
WBB: Stevens at Western Connecticut, 6 p.m.
WBB: Bay Path at Mount Holyoke, 6 p.m.
MBB: Springfield College at Western New England, 7 p.m.
WBB: MIT at Simmons College, 7 p.m.
WBB: Fitchburg State at Rivier, 7 p.m.
WBB: Emerson College at Gordon College, 7 p.m.
MBB: Roger Williams at Coast Guard Academy, 7 p.m.
MBB: Fitchburg State at Rhode Island College, 7 p.m.
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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) & WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)
WORCESTER –With the fourth week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil the initial Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Basketball Honor Roll for the 2017-18 season, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.
Player of the Week:Marcos Echevarria (Nichols | Jr. | Lynn, Mass.): Echevarria helped the Bison win three-straight games last week, while averaging 26.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 5.7 assists, and 1.0 steals per game. He scored 25 points, including 7-of-14 three-pointers, to go with five rebounds and five assists and a block in a 91-79 win at Roger Williams. He followed that up with 28 points, with 6-of-10 triples, four rebounds and five assists in a 90-77 win over Becker. He wrapped up the week with 25 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals in a 106-76 win at Anna Maria. For the week, Echevarria shot 46.7% (25-of-55) from the field, 50% (18-of-36) from beyond the arc, and 84.6% (11-of-13) from the free throw line.
Rookie of the Week: Biko Gayman (Clark University | Fr. | Port Pierce, Fla.): Clark rookie, Biko Gayman has an impressive week for the Cougars boasting 23.5 points, 5.0 assists and 4.5 steals per game as they split their two games on the week. In a tough set back to Fitchburg State the Port Pierce native scored 11 points to go with his four assists and two steals before lifting Clark to victory over Newbury with 36 points, seven steals and six assists adding six boards.
Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria | Soph. | Charlton, Mass): Rapoza recorded his fifth double-double of the season on Saturday against Nichols, while tallying 10 points against Amherst College and 17 against Nichols College.
Samuel Durodola (Becker College | Sr. | Rosedale, N.Y.): Durodola stepped up this week for the Hawks of Becker College, averaging 21.7 points, 9.3 rebounds 2.7 assists and one block per game. After standout performances against Worcester State and regional powerhouse Nichols, Durodola had a monster performance against Gordon on Saturday, scoring 23 points with 13 rebounds as the Hawks outlasted the Scots in overtime, 79-75. For the season, the junior ranks top six in the NECC in scoring, rebounding and blocks.
Jonathan Perez (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Lowell, Mass.): Perez averaged 17.7 points, six rebounds, 0.3 assists and one steal per contest over three games for the Falcons. He notched a game-best 28 points, eight boards, one assist and one steal in a 90-70 triumph over Clark on Tuesday before adding ten points, five caroms and two steals in a setback to Williams on Thursday. Perez concluded the week with 15 points and five boards in an 85-63 loss to MIT on Saturday.
Will Watkins Jr. (Worcester State | Soph. | Southbridge, Mass.): Will Watkins Jr. averaged 16 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and a block in an 0-3 week for Worcester State. He was one rebound short of a double-double in the setback to Becker as he posted 20 points, shooting 53.3% from the field and 44.4% from 3-point range, collected nine boards and two blocks. In the loss to Mount Ida he recorded 16 points and seven rebounds, and put up 12 points with six rebounds and two assists in the loss to Salve Regina. Overall this week, he shot 45.2% from the field.
Chris Rodgers (WPI | Sr. | Franklin, Mass.): Rodgers averaged 20.5 points, on 17 of 29 shooting (58.6%) and five rebounds per game in a 1-1 week for the Engineers. He began with 10 points on 4-of-4 shooting in 15 minutes as the Engineers avenged their opening weekend loss in the Coghlin tournament final, and handed No. 20 Eastern Connecticut its first loss, with a 75-70 victory in Willimantic. The local product then pumped in a career and game-high 31 points to go with eight rebounds, five assists and a steal in an OT setback to Salem State.