D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Men’s Basketball 2018 End Of The Year Awards

NS TEAM OF THE YEAR

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

With another season of New England D3 Basketball in the books, it is time to dish out our end of the year Noontime Sports Men’s Basketball awards, including our Coach, Player and Rookie of the Year, along with our first, second and third teams.

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Jake Ross POY 2018
Men’s Player of the Year: Jake Ross (Springfield College): Jake Ross enjoyed an impressive sophomore season with the Pride, earning a slew of postseason accolades, including the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Men’s Basketball Athlete of the Year and Co-Defensive Player of the Year. In addition to earning a spot on the NEWMAC All-Conference First Team, Ross also received recognition from D3Hoops.com as the Northeast Player of the Year. He also earned a spot on the All-Northeast Region First Team, too. Ross concluded his second season by averaging 24.8 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. He netted a career-high 39 points earlier this season against Wheaton College (Jan. 24th, 2018), while also recorded a career-best 10 assists against Coast Guard Academy seven days later (Jan. 31st, 2018).


Austin Hutcherson SHARPMen’s Rookie of the Year: Austin Hutcherson (Wesleyan University): Tabbed the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Rookie of the Year, Austin Hutcherson enjoyed an impressive debut with the Cardinals by averaging 12.0 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.2 steals, and 0.8 blocks per game. He was recently selected as the 2018 D3hoops.com Northeast Co-Rookie of the Year alongside Hamilton Forsythe of MIT. Hutcherson started in 26 of 29 contests this season, netting double-figures in 16 of 29 contests. Hutcherson’s play helped Wesleyan enjoy a very successful campaign, which saw the Cardinals conclude the 2017-18 season with a program-record 22 wins. The Cardinals secured the Little Three title with key regular season victories over Amherst College and Williams College, while earning appearances in both the NESCAC championships and NCAA Tournament.

 


Charlie Brock COACH SPRMen’s Coach of the Year: Charlie Brock (Springfield College): Coach Charlie Brock led the Pride on an exciting postseason journey this month, which included a quartet of playoff victories, including three against nationally-ranked opponents. Brock guided the Pride to a first place finish in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) regular season, while earning his initial D3Hoops.com Northeast Coach of the Year honor seven days ago.


Noontime Sports First-Team

Jake Ross

Springfield College

Northampton, Mass.

Tarchee Brown

Eastern Conn. State

Rockville, Conn. 

James Heskett 

Williams College

Cincinnati, Ohio

Jack Daly

Middlebury College

Eastchester, N.Y.

Jaqhawn Walters 

Albertus Magnus 

Hartford, Conn.


Noontime Sports Second Team 

Kena Gilmour

Hamilton College

New Paltz, N.Y.

Marcos Echevarria

Nichols College

    Lynn, Mass. 

Bradley Jomard

MIT

Paris, France

Keith Brown

Endicott College

Pelham, N.H.

AJ Jurko

MIT

 Weston, Fla.

Noontime Sports Third Team

Raheem Anderson

Husson University

Miramar, Fla.

Ty Nichols

Keene State 

Springfield, Mass.

Johnny McCarthy

Amherst College

Medfield, Mass. 

Bobby Casey

Williams College

Scranton, PA

Nick Comenale 

Babson College 

New York Mills, N.Y.


Noontime Sports All-Rookie Team

Austin Hutcherson

Wesleyan University

Freehold, N.J.

Hamilton Forsythe

MIT

Weston, Conn.

James Anozie

Keene State

Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Michael Boyd

UMass Boston

Malden, Mass. 

Noah Yearsley

MCLA

Averill Park, N.Y.

Zach Tavitian

Western New England

Milford, Conn.

Jake Ashworth

UMass Dartmouth 

Fairhaven, Mass.

Mass. College Hoops: Springfield Men’s Basketball To Travel To Japan This Summer

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Springfield College athletic communications office, here’s this afternoon’s release about the men’s basketball team, which will travel to Japan this summer to play several games against the Japanese young Men’s National team squad: 

Springfield, Mass. – March 17, 2014 – The Springfield College men’s basketball team has been invited by the Japan Basketball Association for a six day trip this July in which the Pride will play several games against the Japanese young Men’s National team squad.

“The Springfield College men’s basketball program and the entire Springfield College community is very excited and honored for the opportunity to travel to Japan and play three friendly games,” said head coach Charlie Brock. “We look forward to playing against international competition, celebrating the Japan Basketball Association’s 100 year basketball anniversary, and promoting the sport of basketball.”

Springfield College's men's basketball team will travel to Japan this summer. (Photo Credit: Springfield College Athletics)
Springfield College’s men’s basketball team will travel to Japan this summer. (Photo Credit: Springfield College Athletics)

The Pride will arrive in Japan on July 17 and play three games in Japan from July 19-July 21 in the cities of Kyoto, Osaka, and Kobe. Springfield College was invited on this trip because of its rich history with the YMCA, as well its reputation worldwide as the Birthplace of Basketball.

Springfield will send over a squad of 12 players to compete on the international stage. Over the past two seasons, Springfield has owned a record of 39-17 and made consecutive trips to the NCAA Division III Championship for the first time since 1998.

“Springfield College is honored that the Japan Basketball Association has invited our men’s basketball team to participate in a series of friendly games this summer in preparation for Tokyo hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020,” said Springfield College President, Mary-Beth Cooper. “ Our student-athletes will have the opportunity to compete against Japan’s national basketball team and will be exposed to a diverse culture. Springfield College has demonstrated strong international relations with universities in Japan for many years and the College is proud to assist with the promotion, development, and strengthening of basketball in Japan.”

The last time that the Springfield College men’s basketball program traveled overseas was in 1991 during a trip to Ireland, as it participated in the Limerick Treaty 300 International Basketball Tournament as part of the “100th Anniversary of Basketball” at Springfield College.

NEWMAC Hoops Tournament: Springfield College Postgame Comments (VIDEO)

By Matt Noonan 

WORCESTER, Mass. – After earning an 85-77 overtime victory against Babson College in the NEWMAC semifinals, Springfield College head coach Charlie Brock, along with Nick SienkiewiczSean Martin and Nick McKenna spoke about the Pride’s effort.

Babson earned a five-point lead at the break and maintained its lead for a majority of the second session. However, Springfield rallied during the final minutes and forced overtime following a layup by Martin.

In the extra session, McKenna buried a trey on an early offensive possession, which provided the Pride with the lead for good.

Springfield will return to WPI’s Harrington Auditorium tomorrow afternoon to face MIT in the conference tournament championship. Both squads met in the 2012 championship with the Engineers prevailing, 65-60.

Mass. College Hoops: Springfield’s Brock, Martin Discuss Setback

By Matt Noonan 

WORCESTER, MA – Following their setback to WPI in the NEWMAC (New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference) championship, Springfield College’s coach Charlie Brock and guard Sean Martin discussed the loss with the media, and below is the transcript from the interviews.

SEAN MARTIN

On the setback: “It was a good game. There’s a lot you can say about what went wrong and it’s never easy to talk about anything after a loss, especially like this one. We played really hard and I am proud of our team and that’s all that matters at the end of the day. Shots didn’t fall our way and that was the difference.”

On stepping up on offense and defense: “Our team is all about doing what it takes to win. It doesn’t matter who has to do what, but whether someone has to step up on defense or rebound more it doesn’t matter because we’re all having each other’s backs out there and that’s all we try to do. Guys that came in, such as Josh Altman, he played a hell of a game off the bench and it’s stuff like that, which helped keep us in the game.”

On falling short in back-to-back championships: “You never want to lose, especially in the playoffs, so it’s unfortunate.”

On Coach Brock’s message after the game: “Our season’s not done. We’re going to treat this next week just as we would any week. We’re going to prepare for whoever we have to play and whatever tournament.”

CHARLIE BROCK

On the team’s play: “We struggled offensively and credit for WPI for that. They play very aggressive man-to-man defense and we struggled offensively. We played better in the second half, we shot 50 percent.”

On playing without Alex Berthiaume for most of the first half: “I don’t think we changed anything offensively and other guys picked (up for Alex’s absence due to his three fouls). Matt Pascuzzo had a couple of buckets, Josh Altman had a couple of baskets, so obviously losing the conference leading scorer has an impact on your team, but I thought the guys did a great job of making up for it and putting fourth the effort.”

On defending Ryan Kolb: “Other than double with their perimeter players as good as shooters as they are there’s not much you can do. It was sort of a pick your poison type of situation. Actually, very similar to yesterday because there was one kid that we felt we could double off of and today I didn’t feel that way because they played four guards for most of the second half, as did I.”

On Kolb’s career-game: “He had a great day today. He really went at Robbie (Burke) and Robbie did the best he could and actually one of the things that he does very well is he finds people that are open and that really causes a problem. They’ve got four guards (one of them being Zach Karalis) and (Sam) Longwell, and they’re two wings and (Marco) Coppola I thought had a great game and in the first half he was very hard to deal with and I think he was the other leading scorer for them in the first half, but he’s a tough guard and every time he comes off something Kolb gets loose and then we’ve got to catch up to him, so it’s a nice combination.”

On falling short: “We had our chances, we didn’t do a couple of things that we had to, so that’s all.”

NEWMAC Semifinals: Springfield College 68, MIT 60

By Matt Noonan 

WORCESTER, MA – Springfield College’s Sean Martin recorded a career-best 21 points, as the Pride used a second half surge to defeat MIT in the NEWMAC (New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference) semifinals, 68-60.

With the win, the Pride earned a spot in Sunday’s conference championship for the second time in two seasons.

MIT’s Will Tashman, who led the Engineers with 19 points, scored the game’s first seven points, which provided the hosts with all the momentum, but Springfield responded by finishing the opening stanza on a 7-2 run, thanks to Martin’s trifecta and layup, and Alex Berthiaume’s coast-to-coast layup.

James Burke’s triple and layup early in the second pushed the Engineers lead to 10 with 15:15 remaining, but the Pride eventually erased the deficit with layups and 3-pointers to even the score at 52 with 6:53 remaining.

Tashman and Mitchell Kates combined for the team’s next five points before Berthiaume and Martin combined for the Pride’s next eight points, which pushed Springfield ahead for good.

Berthiaume matched Martin with a game-best 21 points, while Robbie Burke added 11 points and 10 rebounds in the win.

MIT’s Matt Redfield finished with 14 points, while Burke concluded with 11 points, four assists and two boards.