WACBA HONOR ROLL: Men’s Basketball Week Four (Tuesday, Dec. 12th)

WACBABy 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.

Honorable Mentions

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.

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 Eight

By WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops


Worcester State’s Paul Brooks netted his 1,000th point last weekend as the Lancers defeated Framingham State on the road. (PHOTO CREDIT: Worcester State 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: Jaleel Bell (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Dorchester, Mass.): Bell averaged 26.5 points, nine rebounds, three assists, two steals and 0.5 blocks per game in a 2-1 week for the Falcons. He netted 16 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals in a 101-66 win over MCLA on Wednesday before adding a game-best 37 points, 11 caroms, two assists, two steals and one block in an 87-83 triumph against Salem State on Saturday.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: DeAnte Bruton (Nichols | Fr. | New London, Conn.): Bruton averaged 18.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steals for the Bison last week. Bruton scored 14 points to go with eight boards and five assists in a home win over Salve Regina on Wednesday before netting a team-high 22 points (50.0 pct. shooting) at Wentworth on Saturday.

Men’s Basketball Milestone: Paul Brooks (Worcester St. | Sr. | Arlington, Mass.): Not only did the senior center average a double-double of 13.5 points and 11 rebounds this past week, but he also reached his 1,000th career point in the Lancers’ 59-55 win over Framingham State on Saturday. Brooks netted a team-high 18 points, going 8-for-13 from the floor, in his team’s setback to Bridgewater State earlier in the week, and then a game-high 15 rebounds and five blocks in the Framingham win.

Men’s Honor Roll:

Samuel Durodola (Becker | Jr. | Rosedale, N.Y.): Durodola recorded a pair of impressive performances last week, averaging 22.5 points, 12.0 rebounds, 2.0 blocks with 1.5 assists, while shooting 60 percent from the parquet. Against Daniel Webster last Thursday – a 67-62 win for the Hawks – the Rosedale, New York native posted a double-double of 18 points and a game-high 16 rebounds. Then on Saturday, Durodola finished with 27 points, eight rebounds and three blocks as the Hawks topped Mitchell, 80-67. Durodola, the NECC’s leading rebounder, has Becker in first place in the standings.

Chris Rodgers (WPI | Jr. | Franklin, Mass.): Rodgers had a career week for the Engineers, beginning with a career-best 21 points and a team-best seven rebounds to go with two assists, one steal and one block at Clark last Wednesday. On Saturday, Rodgers added 16 more points, five assists, four rebounds, one steal and one block against Wheaton. In all, the junior averaged 18.5 points and 5.5 rebounds to go with seven helpers, two blocks and two assists on the week.


Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Honor Roll (Week Two)

By NoontimeSports.com 

WORCESTER, Mass. – With another week of college hoops in the books, it is now time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) honor roll, including our players and rookies of the week.

Men’s Player of the Week: Kamali Bey (Assumption, So.) – In a 1-1 week, Bey averaged 21 points and 6.5 rebounds per game while shooting 55.9 percent from the field. Bey was 19-for-34 from the field and averaged one assist and 1.5 steals per game. Highlighting his week was a 25-point, 10-rebound double-double at No. 21 Saint Anselm as he connected on 12-of-21 attempts from the field.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Chris Rodgers (WPI, Fr.) – Rogers notched a team-high 13 points to anchor a balanced scoring effort in WPI’s 67-54 home victory over Curry.

Women’s Player of the Week: Trafficia Warburton (Anna Maria, Sr.) – Warburton led the AMCATS to a 3-0 week with three-straight double-double performances. In Anna Maria’s 70-45 win against Salem State, she tallied 26 points and 16 rebounds. Two days later against Becker, she recorded an atypical double-double of 24 points and 12 steals, and on Saturday she returned to a traditional double-double of 26 points and 11 rebounds. On the week, Warburton averaged 24.3 points per game, 12.0 rebounds per game, and 8.7 steals per game. In addition, she dished out seven assists on the week, including a week-high of four assists against Elms. Warburton shot 49.1 percent from the floor and hit 18-of-24 from the free-throw line (75.0 percent).

Julie Frankian (Worcester State, Sr.) – Franklin averaged 15.7 points and 5.3 rebounds in a 2-1 week for Worcester State, which included 22 points and three boards in a 76-59 victory against Mount Holyoke before she capped the week with 25 points, six caroms and two helpers in a 74-71 win against Misericordia at the Williams Tip-Off Tournament. Connected for .410 from the field for the week (16-39) and .529 from the three-point arc (9-17).

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Stasha Greenalch (WPI, Fr.) – Greenalch tallied all eight of her points, including a pair of 3-poiners, in the Engineers 56-35 road triumph at 2014 NCAA Tournament participant Rhode Island College.

Honor Roll:

Eric Green (Holy Cross, Jr.) – Green led the team in scoring during the victory over Brown with 16 points. He also tied his career high with five steals against Brown. Against Nichols, Green registered 14 points in the win, hitting seven of eight field goal attempts.

Kelly Conley (Assumption, Jr.) – In a 2-0 week for the Hounds, Conley averaged a team-high 13.5 points per game while connecting on 12-of-17 free throws and shooting 36.8 percent from the field. Included in her week was a 13-point showing at home vs. No. 5 Bentley as the Hounds ended the Falcons’ 37-game winning streak.

Terrance Bobb-Jones (Assumption, Jr.) –Bobb-Jones averaged a double-double last week with 13 points and 10 rebounds per game while shooting 50 percent from the field (10-for-20) and adding two assists, two steals and one block per game. Highlighting his week was a 17-point, 12-rebound double-double in a home win over Bentley.

Hugh Daye (Anna Maria, Sr.) – Daye averaged 12.0 points per game on 37.9 percent shooting for the AMCATS this week. In addition to scoring, Daye also added 3.5 rebounds per game, tallied six steals, and dished out six assists while posting a 1.2 assists-to-turnovers ratio. The senior guard scored 16 points and added four rebounds and four assists in Anna Maria’s loss to No. 2 Amherst.

David Maturah (Becker, Jr.) – Maturah went 8-for-11 from the floor, scoring a game high 20 points to lead Becker to a 72-53 win over Anna Maria on Friday evening.  Maturah also pull down five rebounds, as well has three steals.

Keyon Armstrong (Fitchburg St., Jr.) – Armstrong averaged 20 points per game in a 3-0 week for Fitchburg State.The junior guard shot an 60% from the field over the span, while leading the Falcons to the championship in the Rivier Kickoff, and being named tournament MVP. Armstrong also contributed with nine assists and eight steals over the course of the week.

Gustave Koumare (Nichols, Jr.) – Koumare averaged 15.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.0 apg, and 2.0 spg as the Bison split a pair of games last week. He rebounded from an eight-point performance against regional power Eastern Connecticut State on Wednesday to post 22 points, four assists, four steals, and three rebounds in a win over Lasell on Saturday.

Amber Litwinko (Nichols, Sr.) – Litwinko poured in a game-high 27 points in Saturday’s 74-61 win at Johnson State. She added eight rebounds, four assists, three steals, and one block in 38 minutes of action.

Paul Brooks (Worcester State, So.) – Finished with 14 points, eight rebounds and five blocks in a 65-62 setback against Salve Regina.

Sam Longwell (WPI, Sr.) – Longwell reached double digits figures in all three games, averaging 15.7 points per game in a 2-1 week for the Engineers.  The senior preseason All-America led all players with 23 points in a loss to No. 20 Cabrini, in a matchup versus the reigning National Player of the Year.

Amaia Gritsko (WPI, Sr.) – Gritsko was a rebounding machine during a 1-1 week for the Crimson and Gray.  The senior gobbled up a career-best 16 boards in a tough double overtime loss to UMass Dartmouth before corralling a game-best in a 21-point victory over host Rhode Island College. Gritsko added 10 points versus UMD to registered her second career double-double.