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Clark’s Paul Phillips To Retire After 2018-19 Season

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By Matt Nooonan | @MattNoonan11

Clark University men’s basketball coach Paul Phillips announced late Wednesday evening that he will be retiring at the conclusion of his team’s 2018-19 season.

Phillips, who is in his 21st season with the Cougars, enters his team’s current holiday break with a career record of 438-360, which includes wins from his previous stop at Anna Maria College.

The Cougars’ long-time bench boss has guided the Red and White to 273 wins since arriving on campus prior to the start of the 1996-97 campaign, which is the most wins by any coach in the Clark men’s basketball program history. Additionally, Phillips has led the Cougars to four New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) regular season and conference tournament championships, along with five appearances in the NCAA Tournament. Clark last appeared in the NCAA Tournament in 2010.

As of Thursday morning, Phillips has guided his current squad to four wins, including a pair of recent victories earlier this month against Framingham State and Regis College.

Clark, which sits at 4-5 overall, is off until Saturday, December 29th when they host Curry College on the opening day of the Clark Basketball Holiday Classic.

In a statement last night to the media, which was also seen through the Clark athletic website, Phillips said he has been “contemplating” his retirement for “for quite a while,” but feels its best to walk away after his team’s current season concludes.

“I truly appreciate everything that Clark has done for me and everything that the institution has allowed me to do,” Phillips said in last night’s press release. “I will miss the student-athletes the most, but will also miss the action and camaraderie that is developed on and off the court.”

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Paul Phillips is currently the all-time winningest coach in Clark University men’s basketball program history. (PHOTO COURTESY: Frank Poulin)

Phillips was tabbed the 1999-2000 NEWMAC Coach of the Year, while earning the Paul N. Johnson Memorial Award from Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) in 2016.

Prior to his arrival at Clark, Phillips enjoyed a successful 10-year stint (1986-96) with the Anna Maria men’s basketball program, which included six Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) crowns, along an appearance in the 1995-96 NCAA Division III Tournament’s ‘Sweet Sixteen.’

Phillips’ 1995-96 AMCATs squad set the program’s current record for most wins (25) in a singles-season, which was almost matched by the 2012-13 squad that finished its season with 21 victories.


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WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week Three (Nov. 27th)

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WORCESTER  Another busy week of Worcester area basketball has been recorded, which means its time to unveil our third Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.

Make sure to stay connected with @WACBAHoops today on Twitter for game results, news and more.


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WACBA Women’sPlayer of the Week: Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Jr. | Franklin, Mass.): Manis continued her impressive start to the season by posting back-to-back double-doubles for the Crusaders in a pair of wins last week. Against the University of Rhode Island, she had 17 points and 15 rebounds, including seven offensive boards. She followed that impressive showing a few days later with 16 points and 12 rebounds against the University at Albany. Manos has now posted four double-doubles in her first five games this year, along with a double-digit point total in all five contests, too.

LaBarbera WACBA WEB NS WACBA Women’s Rookie of the Week: Avery LaBarbera (Holy Cross | Fr. | Harrison, N.Y.): LaBarbera’s stellar rookie campaign continued as she guided the Crusaders to a 2-0 week. Against the University of Rhode Island, she recorded 12 points – all in the second half – and four assists to guide Holy Cross in a come-from-behind victory. Against the University at Albany on Sunday, she chipped in 11 points, including three 3-pointers, along with a career and season-best seven rebounds. LaBarbera has now recorded double-digits in four of five games this year.

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Morgan O’Donnell (Assumption College |Sr. |Easton, Mass.): O’Donnell averaged 23.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game while shooting 62.1% from the floor, 66.7% from three and 64.3% from the foul line last week. In Assumption’s close loss against eighth-ranked Bentley University, O’Donnell led the team with 32 points, her second 30-point performance this year, along with three rebounds and one assist. In the Hounds’ victory over Georgian Court, O’Donnell contributed 15 points, five assists, and six rebounds in just 18 minutes of action.

Hannah Favaloro (Clark Univ.| Soph.| Douglas, Mass.): In her team’s lone outing last week against Anna Maria College, the second year forward posted a double-double of 17 points and 15 rebounds, while adding four steals, one assist and one block.

Angelina Marazzi (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Manchester, N.H.): Marazzi netted a double-double of 25 points and ten rebounds to go along with two assists and five steals in a 67-63 setback to Curry College last Tuesday evening in the Falcons’ lone contest of the week.

Kate Surprenant (Worcester State | Sr. | Pelham, N.H.): Surprenant averaged 14.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and three assists in a pair of wins last week for the Lancers. The New Hampshire native started the week 12 points, four rebounds and four assists in a 66-54 win over Western New England before netting a season-high 17 points on 7 of 10 shooting, including 2 of 4 from beyond the arc in a 55-36 win over Wellesley College. In addition to 17 points against the Blue, Surprenant also recorded three rebounds and three steals.

Spencer Vinson (WPI | Jr. | Los Angeles, Calif.): Vinson came off the bench to score 11 points and haul in a career-high 10 rebounds in Tuesday’s home win over Nichols College. The junior currently leads the 4-1 Crimson and Gray in scoring (11.8 points per game), rebounding (8.8 rebounds per game) and blocks (4), while checking-in second in steals (5).


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WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week Three (Nov. 27th)

WACBABy WACBA Hoops | @WACBAHoops 

WORCESTER  Another busy week of college basketball in the Worcester area is in the books, which means its time to unveil our third Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.

Make sure to stay connected with @WACBAHoops today on Twitter for game results, news and more.


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WACBA Men’s Rookie of the Week: Marcos Echevarria (Nichols College | Sr.| Lynn, Mass.): Echevarria averaged 24 points and shot 52 percent from the field as the Bison took down a pair of NESCAC opponents and remained perfect on the season (4-0) – their best start since the 1959-60 campaign. He dropped in 19 points to go with six boards and three steals against Wesleyan University on Tuesday before netting 23 of his game-high 29 points in the second half of Sunday’s win over Trinity College. Echevarria also averaged 39 minutes and shot 50 percent from behind the arc (11-of-21).

CONNLEY WEB WACBA WACBA Men’s Rookie of the Week: Cal Connelly (Assumption College | Fr. | Rochester, N.H.):Connelly had a strong week for the Hounds, averaging 16.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game while shooting 47.6 percent overall and 58.3 percent from downtown. The first-year scored 16 points with four triples, five rebounds, two steals and two blocks in a tight loss at Georgian Court. Connelly followed it up with a career-high 17 points, including three triples and four rebounds in a 23-point win over NYIT.

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Tyler Davern (Clark University | Soph. | Webster, Mass.): In an overtime setback to Anna Maria College last week, the second year forward netted a team-high 25 points on 10 of 18 shooting, while adding eight rebounds (four offensive caroms), three assists and one steal.

Will Watkins Jr. (Worcester State | Jr. | Southbridge, Mass.): Watkins Jr. was the Lancers’ leading scorer last week when Worcester State travel to WPI for a non-conference pre-Thanksgiving Day clash. The junior tallied 16 points, four rebounds, including a pair of offensive carroms, along with one assist and one steal.

Reid Walker (WPI | Soph. | Lithia, Fla.): Walker, the first-ever NEWMAC Men’s Basketball Defensive Athlete of the Week, notched 10 points and a game-high 11 rebounds in Tuesday’s successful meeting with Worcester State. The sophomore also handed out three assists and recorded a block. On the season, Walker leads the Engineers in both scoring (13.8 points per game) and rebounding (7.8 rebounds), and second on the team in assists with 15.


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WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week Two (Nov. 20th)

WACBABy WACBA Hoops | @WACBAHoops 

WORCESTER  Another busy week of Worcester area basketball has been recorded, which means its time to unveil our second Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors, of the season.

Make sure to stay connected with @WACBAHoops today on Twitter for game results, news and more.


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WACBA Women’sPlayer of the Week: Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Jr. | Franklin, Mass.): Manis recorded a career-high 30 points to go with nine rebounds against Boston College last Thursday before returning home against Brown University on Sunday, November 18 with a 27-point, 16-rebound performance. Manis also recorded her 1,000th career point in the game against Brown, making her the second-fastest player and 34th overall to reach the milestone. She went 15-for-15 from the foul line in her two most recent games, for a .967 free-throw percentage in the short season.

LaBarbera WACBA WEB NS WACBA Women’s Rookie of the Week: Avery LaBarbera (Holy Cross | Fr. | Harrison, N.Y.): LaBarbera continued her impressive start to the 2018-19 season with a lights-out showing against Brown University this past Sunday. Against the Bears, she recorded a season-best 30 points and nine assists and five steals. Through three games thus far, she is averaging 17.7 points per game and has not missed a free throw, going 17-for-17 from the line.

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Morgan O’Donnell (Assumption College |Sr. |Easton, Mass.): O’Donnell was dominant in a 1-1 week for the Hounds, averaging 25.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game while playing 28 minutes per contest. She was instrumental in Assumption’s 83-81 overtime win over Merrimack College where she scored 39 points, grabbed eight rebounds and four assists. She scored only two points in the first half but dominated the second half and overtime scoring 37 points for a school-record 39 points overall. O’Donnell also added 12 points, two rebounds and three assists in a tough loss to Saint Anselm on Saturday.

Adrianna Dowdy (Becker College | Sr. | East Haven, Conn.): Dowdy averaged 12.5 points and 10.0 rebounds over two games last week. First against University of New England on Monday, the senior team captain scored 15 points while pulling down eight boards and shooting 50 percent from the floor. Dowdy also tallied a block and an assist against the Nor’easters, as well. Then, at Anna Maria on Wednesday, Dowdy posted her third double-double in just four games this season, pulling down 12 boards with ten points, while tallying a game-high six assists and three steals. This impressive effort propelled the Hawks to a 53-45 victory.

Hannah Favaloro (Clark Univ.| Soph.| Douglas, Mass.): Favaloro posted a pair of double-doubles last week, beginning with 13 points and 14 rebounds in an 80-67 setback to Fitchburg State. She then recorded 17 points and 19 rebounds in a 65-54 victory at Nichols College on Saturday. Favaloro currently leads the Cougars in total points (58) and rebounds (47).

Angelina Marazzi (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Manchester, N.H.): Marazzi averaged 19.3 points, six assists, and 3.3 rebounds per contest in a 2-1 week for the Green and Gold. She posted a game-best 25 points, five assists, five rebounds and one steal in an 80-67 victory over Clark University on Wednesday, while netting 17 points, eight assists, one rebound and one block in a 68-55 setback to Wellesley College on Friday Concluded the week with 16 points, five assists, four boards one steal and one block in a 78-49 triumph over Mount Holyoke on Saturday.

Kaitlyn Berkel (Worcester State | Sr. | Waterford, Conn): Berkel reached double-figures three times last week, but started the three-game stretch with a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds in her team’s win over Mount Holyoke before ending with 16 points against St. Joseph’s (Long Island).

Spencer Vinson (WPI | Jr. | Los Angeles, Calif.): Vinson narrowly missed averaging a double-double for the second consecutive week, this time with 11.0 points to go with nine rebounds in each game, en route to All-Tournament team honors at the Hampton Inn Tip-Off Tournament at University of New England. After netting 14 points in a win versus Bridgewater State, the junior finished the weekend with eight against Connecticut College.


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WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week One (Nov. 13th)

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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.

Make sure to stay connected with @WACBAHoops today on Twitter for game results, news and more.


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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.

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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.


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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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