WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week Nine (Jan. 15th)

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WORCESTER – With another week of Worcester basketball in the books, it’s now time to unveil our latest Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Basketball Honor Roll, which includes our men’s player and rookie of the week.

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Marcos Echevarria became the Nichols College men’s basketball all-time steals leader last week.(PHOTO COURTESY: Nichols College Athletics)

Men’s Basketball Co-Player of the Week: Marcos Echevarria (Nichols College | Sr. | Lynn, Mass.): Echevarria averaged 19.7 points and broke the program’s all-time steals record as the Bison went 3-0 last week. He scored 22 points in a road win at Western New England on Tuesday, then collected 16 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and two steals in a road win at Wentworth two days later. On Saturday, Echevarria recorded five steals to surpass former teammates Irving Eggleston and Gustave Koumare for the top spot at Nichols in steals. He finished the contest with 21 points, six dimes and three rebounds.

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Worcester State’s Shaun McCarthy averaged in a pair of games last week for the Lancers. (PHOTO COURTESY: Worcester State Athletics)

Men’s Basketball Co-Player of the Week: Shaun McCarthy (Worcester State | Jr. | Oxford, Mass.): In a pair of conference wins this past week, the Oxford native averaged 17.5 points, 10 rebounds and 1.5 assists. Against MCLA, McCarthy tallied his second double-double of the season with 22 points and 11 points, while adding a pair of blocks and one assist as the Lancers rolled Framingham State, 77-59. Three days later against MCLA, McCarthy recorded 13 points, nine rebounds and two assists.

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Assumption College’s Cal Connelly was dominant last week in a pair of contest for the Hounds. (PHOTO COURTESY: Assumption College Athletics)

Men’s Basketball Rookie of the Week: Cal Connelly (Assumption | Fr. | Rochester, N.H.): Connelly was dominant last week, averaging 16.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game while shooting 55.0 percent overall and 53.8 percent from downtown in a pair of games. The first-year posted 19 points, four rebounds and three assists in a one-point loss to Adelphi. He followed it up with 14 points and four rebounds at New Haven.

Men’s Basketball Milestone: Brian Gorman (Becker College Men’s Basketball Coach): Gorman won his 200th career game last week when the Hawks prevailed 82-66 over visiting Mitchell College in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) play – the win occurred on the Becker campus in Leicester. Gorman has coached the Hawks since the 2008-2009 season, and has led the program to unprecedented success. Becker has won two NECC championships under his guidance and has reached the NCAA Tournament three times. Gorman himself has been voted NECC Coach of the Year five times.

Jehve Floyd (Holy Cross | Sr. | Sayreville, N.J.): Floyd averaged 23.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game last week, while hitting 82.6 percent of his field goal attempts (19 of 23), as well. He opened the week with 22 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in the 99-94 overtime loss to Lehigh before posting a career-high 25 points, six rebounds and six assists in the 77-70 victory over Lafayette.

Matthew Kelly (Assumption | So. | North Potomac, Md.): Kelly was dominant for the Hounds last week, averaging 20.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 assists per game while shooting 55.6 percent from the floor and 40 percent from beyond the arc. The sophomore had 23 points, six rebounds, two assists and two blocks in a one-point loss to Adelphi and followed it up with 18 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals at New Haven.

Brendan Kittredge (Clark University | Jr. | Clinton, Mass.): Kittredge grabbed 13 rebounds, including 10 defensive rebounds in a 1-1 week for Clark. He added a steal and a block to lead Clark defensively, while putting up 19 points and eight rebounds in the Cougar’s 86-79 conference victory over Springfield on Tuesday.

Jonathan Perez (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Lowell, Mass.): Perez registered a team-best 20 points, eight rebounds and four assists in a 102-96 triumph against Salem State last Wednesday in the Falcons’ lone contest of the week.

Dewayne Thomas (Becker College | Sr. | Lowell): Thomas averaged 14 points and 7.7 rebounds for the week. In Tuesday’s win over Mitchell, the senior scored 18 points with seven boards, four assists and two blocks to lead the Hawks to an 82-66 victory. That would represent the 200th win in Coach Brian Gorman‘s career.

Reid Walker (WPI | So. | Lithia, Fla.): Walker averaged 15.5 points and 4.5 rebounds to go with five assists and three steals in a 2-0 week. He followed up a 15-point night against Wheaton with 16 versus Coast Guard.

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WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week Five (Dec. 11th)

WACBABy WACBA Hoops | @WACBAHoops 

WORCESTER  Another busy week of college basketball in the Worcester area is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our fifth 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 Player of the Week: Caleb Green (Holy Cross | Soph. | Londonderry, N.H.): Green averaged 16.5 points, 7.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 2.5 steals in a 1-1 week for the Crusaders. He began the week by recording 17 points, six assists, four rebounds and two steals in an 82-78 victory at UMass Amherst. Additionally, he connected on six free throws in the final minutes to secure a four-point win against the Minutemen. Four days later against Rhode Island, the sophomore tallied 16 points, eight assists, three steals and two rebounds in a 79-63 loss. For the week, he connected on 12 of 12 free throws, while handing out 14 assists with just two turnovers.

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Matthew Kelley (Assumption College | Soph. | North Potomac, Md.): Kelly scored a game-high 15 points while shooting 7-for-13 from the floor in a loss to Stonehill College. The sophomore added four rebounds and two assists in the game, as well.

Dewayne Thomas (Becker College | Sr. | Lowell, Mass.): Thomas averaged 17.5 points per game this past week, on 53.6 percent shooting. The senior also averaged 4.5 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, 1.0 assists and 1.0 steals per game. At press time, Thomas ranks fifth in the NECC in blocked shots at 1.4 per game.

Brendan Kittredge (Clark University | Jr. | Clinton, Mass.): Kittredge posted a team-high 17 points in Clark’s 75-64 victory last week over Framingham State. He also added two assists, five rebounds, and two steals in the win, too.

Tyler Dion (Worcester State | Jr. | Barre, Mass.): The junior guard averaged 17.5 points and three rebounds in a pair of games last week for the Lancers. He began the week netting 13 points, while tallying five assists, three rebounds and one steal in a one-point loss to Skidmore College before posting 22 points, five assists, three caroms and one swipe in another one-point loss to Salve Regina.

Reid Walker (WPI | Soph. | Lithia, Fla.): Walker averaged 17.5 points and totaled eight steals, six assists and three blocks as the Engineers went 2-0 last week. The sophomore led the Crimson and gray with 13 points at Framingham State and 22 points at Salem State.


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