WACBA Honor Roll (Men’s Basketball) Week Seven

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Becker College first-year Antonio White Jr. was tabbed this week’s WACBA Rookie of the Week. (PHOTO CREDIT: Becker College Athletics | Foley Photography)

By WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops

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: Samuel Durodola (Becker College | Jr. | Rosedale, N.Y.): Samuel Durodola averaged 16.5 points, 13.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists this past week while shooting 52 percent from the floor. In Becker’s 72-71 win at Elms last Tuesday, Durodola scored the game-winning layup with two seconds left to lift the Hawks to a one-point victory. Facing Regis two days later, Durodola posted his fifth double-double of the season, scoring 24 points with 16 rebounds, a career-high six assists, two steals and one block. The junior has helped Becker to a 4-0 start in conference play.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Antonio White Jr. (Becker | Fr. | Middletown, Conn.): White had his best game of the season on Tuesday at Elms, scoring 24 points with 17 rebounds – both career highs – as Becker prevailed 72-71. For the week, White averaged 14 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game.

Men’s Honor Roll:

Declan Soukup (Assumption | Sr. | Melbourne, Australia): Soukup averaged 15.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game, while shooting 63.2 percent from the floor in a 0-2 week for the Hounds. The senior scored 13 points with two threes, five assists and three rebounds as his team lost 71-65 to Saint Rose. Soukup followed it up with 17 points, including 11 straight for Assumption in the second half to pull them back into the game. He added four rebounds as the Hounds erased a 15-point second-half deficit to tie the game in the final seconds before ultimately falling 80-78 at the buzzer.

Brendan Kittredge (Clark University | Soph. | Clinton, Mass.): In a huge 2-0 week for the Cougars, Kittredge averaged 13.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists. He shot 67 percent from the field (10-for-16) and 100 percent from the free throw line (5-for-5). In Clark’s first win at Emerson since the Lions became a conference member, Kittredge sparked a key run and finished with eight points, five rebounds and three assists. Then in a 95-85 win over Coast Guard, he scored a career-high 18 points and doled out five assists.

Jaleel Bell (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Dorchester, Mass.): Bell averaged 17.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.3 steals and one block per contest in three games for the Falcons this past week. He collected 13 points, six boards, two assists and one steal in an 84-59 setback to MIT on Monday before adding 23 points nine caroms, two assists and one steal in an 83-77 setback Bridgewater State on Wednesday. Bell concluded the week by registering 15 points, nine rebounds, two assists, four steals and three blocks in a 90-89 overtime win against Worcester State on Saturday.

Malachi Alexander (Holy Cross | Sr. | Bowie, Md.): Alexander began the week by posting 19 points and six rebounds in the victory over Lafayette. He followed that by leading the team with 15 points and four rebounds at Lehigh.

DeAnte Bruton (Nichols | Fr. | New London, Conn.): Bruton averaged 25.5 points per game for the Bison last week, scoring 30 against Eastern Nazarene on Wednesday and 21 against first-place Endicott three days later. Bruton, who also shot 49 percent from the field and snared 3.5 rebounds per game, sits second in the conference at 21.6 points per game.

Jamal Mustapha (Worcester State | Jr. | Worcester, Mass.): The junior guard scored 29 points while shooting 90% (9-of-10) from the field in Saturday’s 90-89 overtime loss to Fitchburg State. Mustapha also registered eight rebounds (four offensive) and three assists in the game.

Dave Zielinski (WPI | Jr. | Shelton, Conn.): Zielinski had a breakout week for the Engineers by making the best of his first two career starts by averaging 16 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.0 steals. He scored 11 points in 26 minutes against No. 1 Babson before draining a season-high seven trifectas against Emerson on Saturday.

Jake Wisniewski (WPI | Fr. | West Brookfield, Mass.): Wisniewski averaged 11.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 21 minutes per game for the Engineers. He notched nine points and five boards and two swipes at No. 1 Babson. On Saturday, the rookie totaled 14 points and eight rebounds in the Boynton Hillers’ first conference win of the season versus Emerson.

WACBA Honor Roll (Men’s Basketball) Week Four

DeAnte Burton was tabbed this week's WACBA Men's Co-Rookie of the Week. (Photo Credit: Nichols College Athletics)
DeAnte Burton was tabbed this week’s WACBA Men’s Co-Rookie of the Week. (Photo Credit: Nichols College Athletics)

By WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER, Mass. – For the fourth-staight week, the Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) and Noontime Sports is proud to unveil our WACBA Men’s Basketball Honor Roll (Week Four), including our player and rookie(s) of the week.

Men’s Player of the Week: Samuel Durodola (Becker | Jr. | Rosedale, N.Y.): Durodola continued to put up big numbers for the Hawks, as Becker went won a pair of contests last week. The junior forward averaged 21 points, 10.5 rebounds and two blocks per game, while making 66 percent of his shots. Durodola scored 20 points in Becker’s 75-68 win at Lesley on Saturday, and he continues to lead the conference in rebounding.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Branislav Vujadinovic (Assumption | Fr. | Belgrade, Serbia): Vujadinovic came up big for the Hounds last week, averaging 11.5 points and 4.5 rebounds while making six of nine trifectas and shooting 41.2 percent from the floor overall. In a loss to St. Anselm, he posted eight points, three rebounds and one block. He then made his first career start against Merrimack and scored a career-high 15 points with six rebounds as Assumption fell 62-59 to Merrimack.

DeAnte Bruton (Nichols | Fr.| New London, Conn.): Bruton averaged 23.3 points per game and shot 50 percent from the field as the Bison completed a 3-0 week. He recorded his third 30-point effort of the season with 35 points (five three-pointers) in a road win at Western New England on Tuesday. After scoring 12 in a win at Newbury on Thursday, Bruton filled the stat sheet with 23 points, five rebounds, four assists, and four steals in a win against Framingham State on Saturday. He is averaging 22.2 ppg this season.

Men’s Honor Roll

Robert Champion (Holy Cross | Sr. | Charlotte, N.C.): Cross began the week tallying 13 points and a game-high eight rebounds against Maine. A few days later, he led the Crusaders with 28 points, six rebounds, five swipes and four assists in a victory over Quinnipiac. He scored all 11 of Holy Cross’ in an 11-2 first half run, which gave the Crusaders a 10-point lead over the Bobcats. Additionally, set a career-best with 28 points and five steals in the team’s win against Quinnipiac.

Damien Rance (Assumption | Soph. | Melbourne, Australia): Rance was solid for the Hounds this past week, averaging 15.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game in a pair of losses. In a loss to St. Anselm, Rance scored 15 points with seven rebounds and then follow it up with 15 points, ten rebounds and four assists in a tough three-point loss to Merrimack last Thursday.

Antonio White Jr. (Becker | Fr. | Middletown, Conn.): White posted his first career double-double on Saturday at Lesley with 11 points and 10 rebounds on 50 percent shooting. For the week, the rookie averaged 7.0 points and 8.5 rebounds.

Joe Atkinson (Clark | Sr. | Milford, Mass.): Atkinson, the nation’s leading three-point shooter, fell just shy of averaging a double-double in a 3-0 week for the Scarlet and White. In an 87-85 win over Fitchburg State, Atkinson nearly had a triple-double with eight points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Then in a hard-fought win over Framingham State, he recorded 15 points, ten rebounds and three assists. The senior guard capped off his week with an eight-point, nine-rebound, five-assist showing in a triumph over Western New England. For the week he averaged 10.3 points, 9.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists.

Marcos Echevarria (Nichols | Soph. | Lynn, Mass.): Echevarria averaged 28.3 points per game (44.4 FG pct.) as the Bison moved to 7-2 on the season with a perfect 3-0 week. He scored 25 points to go with six boards in a road conference win at Western New England on Tuesday. Echevarria then tied a school-record with nine 3-pointers en route to scoring 34 points in a win at Newbury on Thursday. He capped the week with a 25-point, five-assist, four-rebound and four-steal performance in a win over Framingham State on Saturday. He leads the conference in scoring at 26.4 points per game.

Jamal Mustapha (Worcester State | Jr. | Worcester, Mass.): The junior guard averaged 12.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.3 steals, and 2.0 assists per game in a 1-2 week for Worcester State. Mustapha led the Lancers with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds in a setback to UMass Dartmouth before tallying a team-high 16 points in a loss to Gordon. In the Lancers’ first win of the season, Mustapha scored seven points and marked three steals. Overall this week, he shot 53.1 percent from the field.

Cal Howes (Worcester State | Fr. | Maynard, Mass.): Cal Howes netted a career-high 17 points in the Lancers’ 63-55 win over the visiting Salve Regina University on Saturday. Howes drained four of eight triples, netted one jumper, and chipped in three free throws for a game-high 17 points. Earlier in the week, Howes chipped in six points in the setback to UMass Dartmouth, and then two points in the loss to Gordon.

Sean Doncaster (WPI | Sr. | Medford, Mass.) Doncaster scored 18.5 points per game, including a career-high 29 at Salem State on Saturday. In just 22 minutes against MCLA earlier in the week, Doncaster netted eight points and doled out seven assists.

WACBA Honor Roll (Men’s Basketball) Week One

Fitchburg State's Jaleel Bell was one of two student-athletes to earn this week's WACBA Player of the Week honors. (PHOTO CREDIT: Fitchburg State Athletics)
Fitchburg State’s Jaleel Bell was one of two student-athletes to earn this week’s WACBA Player of the Week honors. (PHOTO CREDIT: Fitchburg State Athletics)

By WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER, MASS. – With the first week of the NCAA College Basketball season in the book, it is time to unveil our first Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Honor Roll of the 2016-17 season, featuring our Men’s Player and Rookie of the Week.

Men’s Player of the Week:

Jaleel Bell (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Dorchester, Mass.): Averaged 28.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game in three games for the Falcons. Registered a double-double of 30 points and 11 rebounds as well as three assists and three steals in a 68-66 setback to Rhode Island College on Tuesday before adding 44 points, six rebounds and three steals in an 88-78 win over Regis on Friday. Concluded the week, collecting 11 points, two caroms, one assist and three steals in an 81-63 setback to Colby College on Saturday.

Marcos Echevarria (Nichols | Soph. | Lynn, Mass.): Echevarria averaged 27.0 ppg last week for the Bison, who opened the season with two games last week. He scored 17 points in the season opener at Thomas (ME) on Tuesday, then scored a career-high 37 points in a win over Lasell on Saturday. Echevarria knocked down six three-pointers and went 11-of-14 from the line against the Lasers.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Jake Wisniewski (WPI | Fr. | West Brookfield, Mass.): Wisniewski averaged nine points per game even with seeing limited minutes against Salve Regina Friday night. He debuted with 14 points, seven rebounds and a pair of assists versus Eastern Connecticut. The local product scored 11 and pulled down six boards against DeSales in Saturday’s championship contest.

Honor Roll:

Karl Ziegler (Assumption | Sr. | Annadale, Va.): Ziegler was instrumental in the Hounds’ opening conference 2-0 for the first time since the 2012-13 season, averaging 18.0 points and 6.5 rebounds while shooting 63.6 percent from the floor. Facing Stonehill, he went 6-of-9 from the floor for 16 points and seven rebounds as Assumption won 74-69. On Saturday, Ziegler put up 20 points with six rebounds as the Hounds took down St. Michael’s, 82-78.

Kareem Davis (Becker | Soph. | Lowell, Mass.): Davis began his season with a blistering start, scoring exactly 24 points in each of his first three games. Davis is shooting 45 percent from the floor, 44 percent from behind the three-point arc and 93 percent from the free throw line. Davis is also averaging 3.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 39.7 minutes per game.

Luca McCormick (Clark University | Soph. | Bradenton, Fla.): During a 2-1 week for the Cougars, McCormick literally carried the team to a pair of victories with two game-winning shots. First, in Clark’s 77-74 win over Worcester State, McCormick hit the game-winning three-pointer with seconds remaining to give the Scarlet and White a season-opening win. In that contest he finished with 24 points on 8-for-14 shooting. Then, in Clark’s 71-70 win over Newbury College, McCormick was again the hero, dropping in the game-winning/go-ahead three-point bomb with less than ten seconds left in regulation. He finished that contest with 22 points and ten rebounds. He also had 13 points and seven rebounds in the Scarlet and White’s only loss of the week, an 85-78 defeat to Rhode Island College. For the week, he averaged 19.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.

Jamal Mustapha (Worcester State | Jr. | Worcester, Mass.): The junior guard led the Lancers in scoring this past week, averaging 14 points per game. He tallied 14 points, seven rebounds, and three assists and a block in the Lancers’ 77-74 loss to Clark. Mustapha scored a game-high 17 points in the 78-60 setback to Roanoke, and then put up another 11 in the loss to Newport News Apprentice. Mustapha finished the week with a 47.2 field goal percentage.

Ian Converse (WPI | Sr. | Woodstock, Conn.): Converse averaged 18 points and nine rebounds in a 3-0 week for the Engineers. He was tabbed the Ted Coghlin Memorial Tournament Most Valuable Player following WPI’s overtime win over DeSales. He picked up his fifth career double-double on Friday night against Salve Regina and added 21 points, including 10 in the first half during Saturday’s title game.

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

By NoontimeSports.com

With another week of college basketball in Worcester in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Honor Roll, including players and rookies of the week.

Men’s Player of the Week: Reilly Reid (Jr.), Assumption (Mississauga, Ontario): In a 1-1 week for the Hounds, Reid averaged 16.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game while shooting 61.9 percent from the field and 71.4 percent from three (5-for-7). Highlighting his week was a career-high 24-point effort in a road win at Molloy on Sunday.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Marco Echevarria (Fr.), Nichols College (Lynn, Mass.): Echevarria, who was named Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Rookie of the Week for the third-consecutive week on Monday, scored 19 points and was a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line in an 89-85 win at Westfield State on Tuesday, November 24. He also canned a trio of three-point field goals, snared three rebounds, and dished out three assists in 38 minutes of action. Echevarria leads the Bison and ranks second in the conference in scoring at 22.6 points per game.

Women’s Player of the Week: Raquel Scott (Sr.), Holy Cross (Ridgewood, N.J.): Scott had a strong week in the paint for Holy Cross, averaging a double-double with 18.0 points and 14.0 rebounds per game as the Crusaders went 1-1 last week. Against Yale, Scott poured in game-highs of 26 points and 15 rebounds (season-high), while shooting 60.0 percent from the field (12-20). In her team’s win over Bryant, Scott recorded 10 points and 13 rebounds, and hit two critical free throws late in the game to put Holy Cross ahead 65-61 (Bryant hit a three-pointer as time expired). Scott currently ranks fourth in the Patriot League with 9.3 rebounds per game and eighth with 15.3 points per contest. She is now tied for 16th on the Holy Cross all-time scoring list with 1,217 career points. Scott also recorded her 800th career rebound this past week and now has 812 as a Crusader, which stands fourth in Holy Cross history. The double-double for Scott was her third of the season and the 35th of her career, which ties her for third place in program history.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Britt Herring (Fr.), Worcester State (W. Brookfield, Mass.): Herring registered a double-double this past week in the Lancers’ 70-63 win over the University of St. Joseph (Conn.). She scored 17 points and added 11 rebounds for Worcester State. She went 7-for-8 from the field (87.5%) and 3-for-4 (75%) from the free-throw line. Herring also had a game-high five blocks, two assists, and one steal against the Blue Jays.

Honor Roll:

Malachi Alexander (Jr.), Holy Cross (Bowie, Md.): Led the team with a season-high 17 points and five rebounds in the victory over Harvard. Alexander added 11 points, five rebounds and three assists in the win over Sacred Heart.

Karl Charles (Fr.), Holy Cross (Piscataway, N.J.): Led the team with career highs of 15 points and seven rebounds in the victory over Sacred Heart. Charles matched his career high with seven rebounds in the win over Harvard, while also handing out a career-best four assists.

Morgan O’Brien (Jr.), Assumption (Reading, Mass.): In a 1-1 week vs. two nationally-ranked teams, O’Brien averaged 13 points and 2.5 rebounds while shooting 45.5 percent from the field. Highlighting her week was an 18-point effort in a home win over No. 19 Bentley University that included a 3-for-6 performance from three-point land.

Kwame Lee (Sr.), Fitchburg State (Brockton, Mass.): Averaged 13.5 points per contest on 52.4% shooting from the field, while adding 6.5 rebounds per game for the Falcons. Lee posted 14 points, five caroms, one assist and three blocks in an 88-83 setback to UMass Boston on Tuesday before adding 13 points, eight boards and one assist in a 49-47 loss to MIT on Saturday.

Jamal Mustapha (Jr.), Worcester State (Worcester, Mass.): recorded 16 points for the Lancers in the 57-51 loss against cross-town rivals, WPI. Mustapha went 6-for-12 from the field, while going 4-for-8 from 3-point range. On the defensive end, Mustapha totaled three rebounds and three steals against the Engineers.

Obi Obiora (Soph.), WPI (Boston, Mass.): Obiora paced all players with 22 points and 13 rebounds as WPI rallied from a nine-point second half deficit to defeat city rival Worcester State 57-51 on Tuesday. The returning NEWMAC Rookie of the Year connected on 9-of-17 field goal attempts and gobbled up eight offensive rebounds en route to posting his first career double-double.

Staasha Greenalch (Soph.), WPI, (Newington, Conn.): Greenalch and her teammates are 5-1 and 1-0 in the NEWMAC after victories last week over Nichols and Emerson.  The sophomore guard came off the bench to lead all players with 12 points as the Engineers opened up conference play with a hard-earned 54-48 triumph over the Lions on Saturday. Greenalch also added six points Tuesday in the win over Nichols.