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


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.

Mass. College Hoops: Anna Maria Falls Short In GNAC Championship


Courtesy of the Anna Maria College sports information department, here’s this evening’s release from the men’s basketball game this afternoon. The AMCATs fell short of winning a Great Northeast Athletic Conference crown as Albertus Magnus defeated the hosts:

PAXTON, Mass. (02.23.13) – Junior Darius Watson (New Britain, CT) scored 34 points and grabbed 12 rebound to led the #2 seed Albertus Magnus men’s basketball team to an 87-80 victory over #1 seed Anna Maria College in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Championship on Saturday afternoon at the Fuller Activities Center.

With the win the Falcons (24-4) become the first team since Norwich University in ’04-05, ’05-06 to win back-to-back conference titles, while the AMCATS snap a 17-game winning streak and drop to 20-8.

Anna Maria’s Anthony Click (Springfield, MA) and Brad Peterson (North Kingstown, RI) each notched double-doubles for the AMCATS. The senior captain poured in a team-high17 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, dished out 5 assists and made 3 steals, number 40 also notched 17 points on 7-for-13 shooting and pulled down 11 boards. Starters Joseph Barillo (Dania Beach, FLA) and Javier Bristol (Haverhill, MA) each added 10 points for the AMCATS in the loss.

Pacing the Falcons, senior Jefferson Lora (Bronx, NY) contributed 11 points and 9 rebounds while freshman James Jennings (Stratford, CT) also scored in double figures adding 17 points on 4-for-9 from beyond the three point mark.

The AMCATS started slow out of the gates as Albertus opened with consecutive baskets by Lora and Jennings for a quick 5-0 lead. Anna Maria then responded with a 12-0 run en route to a 12-5 advantage with 13:47 on the clock. Click was instrumental during the run, accounting for nine of the AMCATS’ twelve points.

Albertus stopped the run with a jumper in the paint by Lora to cut the deficit to 12-7 but again the AMCATS responded with a strong 8-1 run for a 20-8 advantage and their biggest lead of the game with just over ten minutes to play in the half.

The Falcons would chip away at the lead answering with a 14-2 streak to tie the game at 22-all with 5:08 remaining in the first stanza. The teams would trade baskets down the stretch, with Watson scoring eight of the final ten points of the half for Albertus. Anna Maria countered with a trifecta from Barillo and a pair of Hugh Daye (Worcester, MA) free-throws to carry a 36-32 lead into intermission.

Trailing to start the second half, Albertus outscored the AMCATS 8-2 and with 17:20 to play in the game we had a tied ballgame at 40-40.  Bristol hit a jumper in the paint to gain the two point advantage for the AMCATS but Jennings responded with a NBA 3-pointer to give the Falcons their first lead of the second half at 43-42.

AMCAT Joey Barillo sank a trey of his own and Click hit one-of-two from the charity stripe to push the AMCATS ahead 48-46. On the ensuing play Watson, after being fouled underneath, sank two freebies to tie the game at 48-48 with 14 minutes still to play. The two teams traded buckets and were still tied 63-63 with 6:57 remaining.

With 6:19 ticks on the clock, the Falcons then erupted to score eleven unanswered points, opening up a 12-point cushion at 77-65. Albertus’ Watson was a key factor in the run, contributing 6 points, while Jennings added the other five.

Anna Maria refused to go quietly; five consecutive free throws from Daye, Tyler Delorey (Worcester, MA) and Click cut the Falcon lead to 81-76 with just under a minute to  play but AMCATS couldn’t get any closer than five points finally falling 87-80 to the visiting Falcons.

Anna Maria held the slight shooting advantage on the night 43.8% to Albertus’ 40.3%. Albertus connected on ten three-pointers to just three for the AMCATS. Anna Maria out rebounded the Falcons 46-41.

With the win Albertus qualifies for the NCAA Division III tournament, selection announcement is set for Monday afternoon at 12:30pm. Anna Maria will wait until Monday evening for an ECAC Tournament invitation.

Mass. College Hoops: Anna Maria Extends Streak To 17, Advances To GNAC Championship


Courtesy of the Anna Maria College sports information department, here’s this evening’s release from the men’s basketball game. The AMCATs clawed past Saint Joe’s of Maine and earned a spot in Saturday’s conference title match:

PAXTON, Mass. (02.21.13) –Senior Anthony Click (Springfield, MA) dropped a game-high 25 points, including six three-pointers, to spark the Anna Maria College men’s basketball team to an 75-63 victory over Saint Joseph’s College during the semifinal round of The Great Northeast Athletic Conference Tournament at The Fuller Activities Center on Thursday night. The AMCATS are now 20-7 on the season and will advance to Conference Championship on Saturday afternoon; they will host Albertus Magnus College at 2:00 pm.

In the process of scoring his 25 points, Click topped 1,700 points for his collegiate career. He was on fire in the second half, hitting 6-of-7 from beyond the arc. Senior Javier Bristol (Haverhill, MA) also played well, scoring 10 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the floor while leading the AMCATS with six rebounds, three assists and four steals. Junior Joseph Barillo (Dania Beach, FLA) also notched 10 points, while sophomore Hugh Daye (Worcester, MA) contributed 7 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals off the bench.

The Monks were led by junior Steve Simonds (Steep Falls, ME) scoring a team-high 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting, including five three pointers, while teammate Matthew Medeiros (Westport, MA) added 16 points and a game-high 9 rebounds.

The two teams matched up evenly through the opening ten minutes of the game, with the AMCATS clinging to a two-point lead at 17-15. Post grad Brad Peterson (North Kingstown, RI) converted a three-point play in the paint and the AMCATS had their biggest lead of the first half at 20-15. The Monks responded with a jumper by Medeiros and a trey from Simonds to even the score at 20 with just under seven minutes remaining in the half.

The Monks lead swelled to 29-24 after another Medeiros 3-pointer, however a pair of Peterson shots from the charity stripe and the AMCATS had cut the deficit to 31-28 heading into intermission.

Simonds led all first half scores with 12 points, and the Monks held a healthy 22-11 advantage on the boards. Anna Maria shot a dismal 34.4% from the field compared to the Monks’ 50.0% from the floor in the first stanza.

The Monks opened the second half with a 9-6 run to push the lead to 40-34 at the 16 minute mark. That’s when AMCATS’ Anthony Click took over, he drained the first of his six threes on the AMCATS next possession, igniting a 16-3 run for the hosts. Over the next 4:17, Anna Maria would go from six points down to a seven point advantage with Click connecting on three more trifectas and adding an assist to once again send #AMCATNation into a frenzy.

Saint Joseph’s guard Jordan Tripp would swish a pair of free throws to cut the lead to 5 points with 10 minute to play but it would be as close as the Monks would get the rest of the night. Anna Maria rolled off a 19-10 run capped by Click’s last three of the night, to drive the score to 72-55 with three minutes left on the clock and the AMCATS would cruise to the 75-63 victory.

The Monks finish their season at 17-10, while the AMCATS consecutive win streak now stands at 17 games. The AMCATS are currently tied with Amherst College for the longest current winning streak in NCAA Division III men’s basketball.

Anna Maria will host Albertus Magnus College in the GNAC Championship at 2:00 pm on Saturday afternoon.

Mass. College Hoops: Anna Maria Finishes Season On 15-Game Winning Streak


Courtesy of the Anna Maria College sports information department, here’s this evening’s release about the men’s basketball team that finished their season on a 15-game winning streak:

Paxton, MA – The Anna Maria men’s basketball team has set a school record for consecutive wins, closing out the 2012-2013 regular season with a 77-74 win over Great Northeast Athletic Conference rival Mount Ida College.  This was the 15th consecutive win for the men’s basketball team, breaking a record previously set by the ’91-’92 and ’92-’93 squads. Senior Brad Peterson (North Kingstown, RI) led the way for the AMCATS, scoring a team high 21 points to go along with 8 rebounds and 2 blocks.

As part of Senior Day, Anthony Click (Springfield, MA), Daniel Beliard (Trumbull, CT), Brian Conrad (Holden, MA), Javier Bristol (Haverhill, MA), Jose Pena (Lawrence, MA), and Brad Peterson were honored before playing in their final regular season home basketball game.  Bristol provided stability at both ends of the court, scoring 11 points to go along with 11 rebounds, 3 blocks, and 4 steals.

Also contributing in the victory, junior Joey Barillo (Dania Beach, FL) scored 10, while sophomore Hugh Daye (Worcester, MA) chipped in with 9 points off the bench.

Meanwhile, the Mustangs placed four players in double figures. Sophomore Jeff McNair (Brockton, MA) led all scorers with 22 points.  Freshman John Fortes (New Bedford, MA) had 17 points, while teammates Cam Walker (New Bedford, MA) netted 15 and Terace Macklin (Brockton, MA) contributed with 11 points.

The Mustangs opened up the first half establishing an early 12-6 lead, with Macklin scoring six of his eleven points in the first five minutes of the game.  The AMCATS kept within striking distance, and Daniel Beliard Jr. tied the game at 28 apiece with 5:23 remaining.  The Mustangs offense responded with an 11-2 run to close out the half, with McNair scoring 7 of the 11 points, giving Mount Ida a 39-30 lead.

The AMCATS came out of the locker room determined to chip away at the Mustangs lead, as they went on a 9-2 run to open the half.  Barillo hit a deep 3-point attempt to pull Anna Maria close, 41-40 with 16:42 remaining.  Senior Brad Peterson was able to give the AMCATS their first lead since the early minutes of the first half with a fast break dunk, set up by a well-placed passed from teammate Michael Gorman (Methuen, MA).  This was Peterson’s second dunk of the contest, giving the AMCATS a 46-45 advantage.

While both teams traded baskets for the majority of the second half, the Mustangs were finally able to break through with back-to-back baskets from McNair and Walker to give Mount Ida a 68-63 advantage with six minutes remaining.  Ida held onto their lead late into the contest, and with 1:47 remaining, they were up 74-70.  Joey Barillo took charge for the AMCATS, converting on a feed from Daye with 1:11 remaining, cutting the Mustang lead to 2.  After a Mustang turnover, Barillo buried a three-pointer to put Anna Maria up 75-74 with 33 seconds remaining.  Two Javier Bristol free throws provided the team with a 77-74 advantage with eight seconds on the clock.  Bristol then sealed the deal defensively, blocking the final shot of the game with two seconds on the clock, giving the AMCATS the victory.

Mount Ida has finished their season with a record of 7-18 (3-15 GNAC).  With the record win, Anna Maria has finished their regular season with an 18-7 record (16-2 GNAC).  The AMCATS have finished with the best record in the conference, and will host Emmanuel College in round one of the conference finals at the Fuller Center on Tuesday February 19th at 7:00 PM.

Mass. College Hoops: Anna Maria Tops Emmanuel, Extends Streak To 14 Games


Courtesy of our friends from Anna Maria College’s sports information department, here’s this evening release about the men’s basketball team that topped Emmanuel College and extended their current winning streak to 14:

PAXTON, Mass.–  The Anna Maria College men’s basketball team defeated Great Northeast Athletic Conference opponent Emmanuel College, 90-67, at the Fuller Activities Center on Tuesday night, as AMC senior Anthony Click (Springfield, MA) filled the stat sheet with 25 points, four rebounds, two assists, and a block. With the win the AMCATS improve to 16-7 (14-2 GNAC) and extend their current win streak to 14-games. AMC ties the school record for consecutive victories (14) set twice in previous seasons (91’-92, 92-93). Emmanuel drops to 4-18 on the season and 4-11 in conference play.

Click, the reigning GNAC Player of the Week, moved into third place on the AMCATS all-time scoring list with 25 points tonight his career total now sits at 1,677 points. He moved past Matthew Brennan (1677pts.) and is now only trailing Michael Cagle (1785) and the AMC all-time leading scorer John Patraitis (2434 pts.).

Also having big numbers for the AMCATS, senior Javier Bristol (Haverhill, MA) knocked down 17 points while collecting a game-high 9 rebounds and junior Joseph Barillo (Dania Beach, FL) also scored in double figures, notching 14 points in 30 minutes of play.

The Saints were paced by Xavier Everson who led all scorers with 30 points and 4 boards while senior Connor Morgan chipped in with 13 points, 4 rebounds and two steals.

With the game tied 10-10 at the 14:39 mark, Emmanuel received back-to-back baskets by Morgan and Everson to grab an early 4-point advantage. The AMCATS battled back, and with a Barillo basket from beyond the arc to finish off an AMC 16-7 run the deficit had turned into a 28-21 lead with 7 minutes left until intermission. Anna Maria would take a 13-point advantage 46-33 into the locker room.

Click led a first half scores with 14 points, while teammate Barillo finished the first stanza with 13 points. Anna Maria shot a blistering 66.7% from the field, converting 18-of-27 from the floor, while Emmanuel shot 44.4% from the field in the first half.

After Anna Maria built a 56-40 lead just four minutes into the second half, the Saints clawed their way back into the game going on a 9-2 run, cutting the AMC lead to 58-49. The AMCATS responded strong, going on a 15-4 run, with baskets from sophomore Hugh Daye (Worcester, MA), senior Jose Pena (Lawrence, MA) and an exclamation point dunk from freshman Tyler Delorey (Worcester, MA), to build a 73-53 lead. The Saints would never recover as Anna Maria pulled away for a 90-67 victory.

Anna Maria will close out the regular season on Saturday afternoon when they host Mt. Ida College for a 3:00 pm tilt. There will be a pre-game ceremony to honor the senior class. Emmanuel heads to Lasell College on Thursday night for a 7:30 pm GNAC match-up.