WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week Two (Tuesday, Nov. 28th)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) & WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER  With the second 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: Samuel Durodola (Becker College | Sr. | Rosedale, N.Y.): Durodola demonstrated his inside dominance this past week in strong performances against both 7th ranked Babson and Western New England. First, against the Beavers, Durodola posted 22 points with nine rebounds with two blocks. Then, in a 72-68 win over Western New England, the senior posted 23 points and eight rebounds. For the week, Durodola shot 46.7 percent from the floor. As of press time, Durodola ranks second in the NECC in scoring at 21.3 points per game through four games.


Rookie of the Week: Matthew Kelly (Assumption | Fr. | North Potomac, Md.)Kelly averaged 15.0 points, 3.0 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game in a 1-1 week. The freshman led the Hounds to a 79-70 victory with a career-high 21 points, including 13 in the second half while missing just a single shot as Assumption outscored Molloy by 12 in the period. He also dished off four assists in the game. In Kelly’s first action of the week he scored nine points with three steals and two assists in a loss to Bentley.

Honorable Mentions

Karl Charles (Holy Cross | Jr. | Roselle, N.J.): Totaled 17 points, four assists, three rebounds and three steals in the Fairleigh Dickinson game. Charles led the team with 16 points and two assists against Albany. He connected on 50.0 percent of his three-pointers and 80.0 percent of his free throws on the week.

Cal Howes (Worcester State | Soph. | Maynard, Mass.): The sophomore guard recorded 19 points in the Lancers’ 88-72 setback to WPI on Tuesday. He also collected three rebounds, two steals and one assist.

Noontime Sports (and NoontimeSports.com) will once again be the home to WACBA this winter, and will post the weekly awards every Tuesday morning. Selections will also be published in the Telegram & Gazette each Wednesday as part of Jen Toland’s Campus Notes. Make sure to keep up with WACBA (@WACBAHoops) for up-to-date news, notes, scores and more, while also following Noontime Sports on Facebook and Twitter (@NoontimeSports and @MattNoonan11). 

D3 Basketball Notebook: Clark-Worcester Set To Tip-Off At Midnight


By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

A brand new season of New England Division III basketball is set to tip-off tomorrow morning – in fact, it will be an early morning clash, to be exact, between Clark and Worcester State.

For the third-straight season, the Cougars and Lancers will meet a minute after midnight to compete for that initial win of the season.

Last year, the Cougars edged the Lancers, 77-74, thanks to a late triple from Luca McCormick, who concluded the contest three of eight from beyond the arc.

McCormick returns this season – he is a junior small forward – and will certainly be one of many players to watch on the Cougars this season. Additionally, keep an eye on senior John Pisacreta, who led the Red and White with 12.2 points per game.

Clark graduated a trio of seniors that paced the teams in rebounds, but perhaps McCormick will be a player to watch on the glass this winter.

Worcester State, which was chosen to finish fifth in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) this season, will be led by Cal Howes, who was honored four times last season as rookie of the week. Howes competed in 27 games last year (stared in seven) and averaged nine points per contest. He tallied 244 points, while pulling down 59 rebounds (51 defensive caroms).

Following their early morning meeting, Worcester State will head to Babson College this weekend for the Babson Invite – will include Babson, Endicott and Regis – while Clark will  compete in the NYU Tournament in New York City. The Cougars’ initial game of the tournament will be against Haverford on Saturday, November 18th at 9:30 p.m.

Larry Anderson and the MIT men’s basketball season begin their New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) title defense later tomorrow – 7 p.m., to be exact – when they welcome Bridgewater State to Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The Engineers competed in the annual MIT-Harvard game last Friday, but came up short against Tommy Amaker‘s Crimson. Harvard defeated MIT, 73-64, but the Engineers provided the Crimson offense and defense with some challenges in both halves.

“They beat us,” Anderson said shortly after his team’s nine-point setback to Harvard. “It’s an exhibition game for us and a regular season game for them, but I just thought in some areas we competed well, (while) other areas we were disappointed in … I was hoping we would (have) done a little bit better (from looking at the post-game stats).”

Harvard’s Seth Towns netted a game-high 20 points, while MIT received 17 points from Bradley Jomard. According to Anderson, Jomard will certainly be a player that will help the Engineers this season, especially in conference games against Babson, Springfield and WPI.

“Brad brings a lot to us. Being a 6’6″ point guard, he can guard one through five on the defensive side of the basketball and (for his height) he is a pretty smooth ball handler,” said Anderson.

“(Brad) fills the stat sheet, but even the things that don’t show up in the stat sheet that we always talk about, getting yourself in the invisible newspaper is doing things that don’t show up in the stat sheet, and he brings that level of calmness that we really covet.”

Look for Jomard to have a big impact on the Engineers this season, who will also receive contributions from AJ JurkoTim RobertsIan Hinkley and Cameron Korb.

Following their opening day tilt with the Bears of Bridgewater State, the Engineers will host Eastern Nazarene on Saturday before visit Tufts University next Tuesday, November 21 at 7 p.m. The Engineers will conclude the month of November with games against Keene State, Salem State and UMass Boston. Keene State and Salem State both advanced to last season’s NCAA Division III Tournament.

The Husson women’s basketball team was picked to captured the North Atlantic Conference (NAC), while Castleton and Colby-Sawyer checked in second and third, respectively.

Husson, which is led by coach Kissy Walker, is optimistic about the upcoming season, but also believes they have what it takes to contend for a conference crown, especially after capturing it the past two seasons.

“We have high expectations,” Walker explained in her team’s season-preview video.

The Eagles collected six first-place votes in the NAC preseason poll, while Castleton garnered a trio of votes. Colby-Sawyer earned one first-place nod.

Kenzie Worcester will certainly be one of many Husson players to watch on this year’s squad.

The Eagles will head to Williamstown this weekend to compete against St. Lawrence on Saturday (Nov. 18th) before facing Williams on Sunday, November 19th. The Eagles’ home-opener is set for Tuesday, November 28th when they host Thomas (Maine) at 5:30 p.m.

Games to Watch on Opening Day: If you’re up early – or perhaps late – make sure to check-out Clark-Worcester State at 12:01 a.m., but here are a few games I’ll be keeping an eye on tomorrow evening.

Brandeis at Roger Williams, 5:30 p.m. (Women’s Basketball)
Southern Maine at University of New England, 5:30 p.m. (Women’s Basketball)
Western New England at Springfield, 6 p.m. (Women’s Basketball)
Keene State at Southern Vermont, 7 p.m. (Men’s Basketball)
Brandies at Suffolk, 7 p.m. (Men’s Basketball)
Bridgewater State at MIT, 7 p.m. (Men’s Basketball)
Lasell at Babson, 7:30 p.m. (Men’s Basketball)
Western New England at Springfield College, 8 p.m. (Men’s Basketball)

The Noontime Sports Basketball Podcast (Episode One)Matt Noonan chats with John  Cabral on the first-ever edition of the Noontime Sports Basketball Podcast about the upcoming season, as well as what he expects from both Babson College and UMass Dartmouth this winter.

WACBA Honor Roll (Men’s Basketball) Week 13

Marcos Echevarria

Nichols’ Marcos Echevarria was tabbed this week’s WACBA Co-Player of the Week. (Photo Credit: Nichols College Athletics)

By WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops) 

WORCESTER, Mass.  Another week of college basketball is in the books, which means it is time to dish out our Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WABCA) Men’s Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week.

Men’s Player of the Week: Marcos Echevarria (Nichols | Soph. | Lynn, Mass.): Echevarria averaged 23 points, 6.3 assist, 5 rebounds, and two steals to backstop the Bison to their first Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Championship in program history last Saturday. In the championship contest against Endicott, Echevarria scored eight points in the final 40 seconds of the contest as the Bison rallied from a seven-point deficit to stun the Gulls. The CCC Player of the Year netted 25 points and dished out eight dimes in the first round against University of New England, then collected 21 points, seven assists, and six boards in the semifinals against Wentworth.

Robert Champion (Holy Cross | Sr. | Charlotte, N.C.): In a 1-1 week for the Crusaders, Champion averaged 20 points, five rebounds and 1.5 steals. He began the week with 13 points, five rebounds, two steals and one assist as Holy Cross edged Loyola, 63-62. Against Boston University, the senior guard netted 27 points – one point shy of his career-high. He finished the contest against the Terriers with five triples, five rebounds and one assist. For the week, he tallied 40 points, pulled down 10 rebounds, while registering a trio of steals and pair of assists, while sinking 8 of 11 free throws.

Men’s Player of the Week: Jerome Cunningham (Nichols | Fr. | Westbury, N.Y.): Cunningham averaged a double-double with 10.3 points and 14.0 rebounds to help the Bison secure their first Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Championship in program history. The 6-8 freshman posted 10 points, 16 rebounds, and three blocks against University of New England in the quarterfinals, then went for 11 points, 11 rebounds, and three blocks in the semifinals against Wentworth. In the championship contest against Endicott, Cunningham filled the stat sheet with 10 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocks. Cunningham shot 52 percent from the field.

Men’s Honor Roll

Kareem Davis (Becker | Soph. | Lowell, Mass.): Davis scored 31 points, making six three-pointers and going 11 of 11 from the free throw line to lead Becker to an exciting 79-70 upset victory at Southern Vermont College in the New England Collegiate Conference Championship (NECC) final. Davis was tabbed the Most Valuable Player of the NECC Tournament the same week he was named to the All-Conference team. For the week, the sophomore averaged 21.5 points with 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals while shooting a perfect 100 percent on his free throws to lead the Hawks into the NCAA Tournament.

Ryan DiBernardo (Worcester State | Sr. | Springfield, Mass.): DiBernardo led the Lancers in a 2-1 week as he averaged 14 points, four assists, and 3.7 rebounds. He tallied 10 points and seven rebounds in the win over Westfield State, and then picked up 17 points, five assists, and three rebounds in the win over Fitchburg State, helping the team to the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) championship game. Against Salem State in the final round, he totaled 15 points, three assists and one rebound.

Cal Howes (Worcester State | Fr. | Maynard, Mass.): The rookie averaged 10.3 points in a 2-1 week for the Lancers. He picked up 12 points, a rebound and a steal in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) quarterfinal win over Westfield State, and then helped the Blue and Gold with seven points, three rebounds and an assist in the semifinal win over Fitchburg. In the MASCAC Championship game, Howes registered 12 points, three rebounds, two assists and a block.

Ian Converse (WPI | Sr. | Woodstock, Conn.): Converse went off for 23 points and nine rebounds in Saturday’s New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) semifinal versus eventual champion MIT. The senior shot 50 percent from inside the arc and was 3-for-4 at the free throw line in what proved to be his final game with the Crimson and Gray.


WACBA Honor Roll (Men’s Basketball) Week Nine

By WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops


An impressive week by John Pisacreta earned him WACBA Men’s Player of the Week honors. (PHOTO CREDIT: Clark University Athletics)

WORCESTER, Mass.  Another week of college basketball is in the books, which means it is time to dish out our Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WABCA) Men’s Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week.

Men’s Player of the Week: John Pisacreta (Clark | Jr. | Andover, Mass.): The New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Offensive Player of the Week averaged 25 points per game in the two contests last week as the Cougars went up against the conference’s top two teams. In a closer-than-you-think, 90-81 defeat at the hands of the nation’s No. 1 team, Babson College, Pisacreta finished with a team-best 21 points on 7-for-11 shooting, including a 5-for-6 performance from behind the arc. Along with his scoring, he added four rebounds, three assists and three steals in his 31 minutes of action. Then, in a huge 74-69 road win at MIT, he pumped in 20 of his career-high 29 points in the second half as the Cougars held on for a crucial league victory. In addition to his point total, Pisacreta provided four rebounds and three steals. For the week, he shot 14-for-24 from the field (58 percent), including 11-for-16 (68 percent) from three-point land and was a perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria | Fr. | Charlton, Mass.): Rapoza averaged 18.5 points and 15.0 rebounds in an 0-2 week for the AMCATS. The big man had 21 points and 12 boards in 39 minutes against Emmanuel before producing 16 points and 18 rebounds at Suffolk en route to his third consecutive GNAC Rookie of the Week honor.

Men’s Milestone of the Week: Marcos Echevarria (Nichols | Soph. | Lynn, Mass.): Echevarria became the 28th student-athlete in program history to reach the 1,000-point mark for his career last week, averaging 26 points per game in back-to-back wins. He knocked down eight trifectas en route route to scoring 30 in a road win at Roger Williams last Wednesday and then scored 22 points in a win over Gordon on Saturday. Echevarria , who is only a sophomore, also averaged six assists and 3.5 steals last week.

Men’s Honor Roll: 

Samuel Durodola (Becker | Jr. | Rosedale, N.Y.): Durodola’s dominant play continued this past week, as he averaged 28.5 points, 14.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game in two Becker victories. The junior forward also shot 74 percent from the floor. In the Hawks’ 89-69 win over Wheelock, Durodola had a monster performance with 27 points, 18 rebounds and six assists. Durodola reached a double-double just 15:08 into the game. Then, in Becker’s 89-80 win against Newbury, Durodola had a career-high 30 points with ten rebounds, shooting 13 of 15 from the floor. For his performances, Durodola was named New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Player of the Week.

Antonio White Jr. (Becker | Fr. | Middletown, Conn.): White has been a major force in his first season with the Hawks. He is averaged 19.5 points and 9.5 rebounds this past week in a pair of Becker wins. In the 89-69 victory over Wheelock, White scored 20 of his career-high 30 points in the second half to go along with six rebounds. Then, in the 89-80 win against Newbury, White scored nine points while pulling down a game high 13 boards. For his performances, White was named the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Rookie of the Week.

Jaleel Bell (Fitchburg State | Sr. |Dorchester, Mass.): Bell averaged 19.5 points, nine rebounds, three assists and three steals in two games for the Falcons last week. He registered a double-double of 21 points and ten rebounds, along with two assists and two steals in a 78-69 overtime win against Framingham State before adding a game-best 18 points, eight boards, four assists and four steals in a 75-59 triumph against Westfield State on Saturday.

Malachi Alexander (Holy Cross | Sr. | Bowie, Md.): Alexander led the Crusaders with 15 points, seven rebounds, a career-high five steals and three assists in his team’s victory over American. He scored a team-high 20 points on eight of 13 shooting at Loyola. He finished the week with 11 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals at Navy.

DeAnte Bruton (Nichols | Fr. | New London, Conn.): Bruton scored a game-high 30 points in a home win over Gordon on Saturday. He made 57 percent of his field goals and also recorded four assists. For the week, Bruton averaged 19 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists while shooting 42 percent.

Corey Gatta (Worcester State | Jr. | Sturbridge, Mass.): Gatta averaged 13 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in a 1-1 week for the Lancers. In his team’s 69-60 win over Westfield State, Gatta went 5-for-10 (50%) from the field and two-for-five (40%) from beyond the arc. On Saturday, Gatta went 5-for-11 from the field (45.5%) and drained four-of-seven triples (57.1%) to tally 14 points in the win over MCLA.

Cal Howes (Worcester State | Fr. | Maynard, Mass.): The first-year guard averaged eight points and three rebounds in a 2-0 week for the Lancers. Howes scored five points in the win over Westfield State, and then went four-for-eight (50%) from the field and three-for-five (60%) from three-point range to total 11 points in his team’s 80-54 win over MCLA.

Chris Rodgers (WPI | Jr. | Franklin, Mass.): Rodgers had another outstanding week for the Engineers, averaging 20.5 points and 8.5 rebounds to go with seven assists, four steals and one block. He scored 18 against Coast Guard before erupting for a career-high 23, while narrowly missing a double double with nine boards, at Springfield. He had the final say for the Crimson and Gray in both contests as he canned a pair of freebies and punctuated Wednesday’s win with a dunk. He then went on to register the final seven points on Saturday.

WACBA Honor Roll (Men’s Basketball) Week Six


Jaleel Bell

Fitchburg State’s Jaleel Bell wast tabbed this week’s WACBA Player of the Week honors. (PHOTO CREDIT: Fitchburg State Athletics)

By WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER, Mass. – Another week of college basketball is in the books, which means it is time to dish out our Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WABCA) Men’s Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week.

Player of the Week: Jaleel Bell (Fitchburg St. | Sr. | Dorchester, Mass.): Bell averaged 22.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.7 steals per game in three contests for the Falcons last week. He registered 29 points (11-for-17), ten rebounds and four assists in an 88-81 setback to Westfield State on Wednesday before adding a game-best 29 points (11-of-17), nine caroms, two assists and one block in a 71-66 overtime win over Southern Vermont on Saturday afternoon.

Rookie of the Week: Tyler Dion (Nichols | Fr. | Barre, Mass.): Dion knocked 46 percent of his shots from downtown, including 12-of-25 over a two-game stretch, as the Bison went 3-0 and moved into sole possession of first place in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC). Dion averaged 16.3 points per game and recorded a career-high in back-to-back games, scoring 17 points in a win over Curry on Thursday before pouring in a team-high 23 points (7-of-13 FG) in a road win at UNE on Saturday. Dion also averaged 3.3 assist per game. 

Honor Roll:

Marcus Murray (Assumption | Sr. | Washington, D.C.): Murray helped Assumption snap an eight-game losing streak while averaging 21.5 points and 4.5 assists on 50 percent shooting from the floor and beyond the arc. The senior posted 22 points with six assists and three steals, and made 6 of 7 free throws as the Hounds earned a 77-72 win over American International. On Saturday, he scored 20 points and made four threes while grabbing three boards and dishing off three assists in a loss to Le Moyne.

Samuel Durodola (Becker | Jr. | Rosedale, N.Y.): Durodola scored 21 points with 11 rebounds in Becker’s 84-81 loss at Keene State.

Marcos Echevarria (Nichols | Soph. | Lynn, Mass.): Echevarria averaged 19.7 points per game, 5.3 assists per game and 3.7 steals per gams as the Bison improved to 6-0 in the conference with three wins last week. He opened the week by scoring 25 points in a road win at Gordon with the final two shots coming on a buzzer-beating layup to win the game. Two nights later, he dropped in 23 points in 23 minutes against Curry, and then scored 11 in a road win at UNE. Echevarria continues to lead the conference in scoring at 24.9 points per game.

Paul Brooks (Worcester St. | Sr. | Arlington, Mass.): The senior center averaged a double-double of 15.5 points and 11.0 rebounds per game in a 1-1 week for the Lancers. Brooks tallied 10 points and grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds in a 73-48 win over MCLA, and then picked up a team-best 21 points and 12 rebounds against Salem State. Brooks shot 53.6 percent from the field throughout the week.

Cal Howes (Worcester St. | Fr. | Maynard, Mass.): Howes averaged 10.5 points per game in a 1-1 week for the Lancers. He tallied nine points, three rebounds, and two assists in a 73-48 win over MCLA. He then shot 50 percent from the field and scored 12 points and turned away two Viking shots in his team’s loss to Salem State.

Sean Doncaster (WPI | Sr. | Medford, Mass.): Doncaster scored 16 points in each of WPI’s games last week. In addition to totaling team-bests of 16 points in each contest, Doncaster also paced the Engineers with for rebounds Wednesday and six Saturday.