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WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week 12 (Feb. 5th)


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.

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


Fitchburg State’s Nicholas Tracy came close to averaging a double-double last week. (PHOTO COURTESY: Fitchburg State Athletics)

Men’s Player of the Week: Nicholas Tracy (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Indianapolis, Ind.): Tracy averaged 23.5 points, eight rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks in two games for the Falcons. He posted 20 points, eight rebounds, three assists, three steals and four blocks in an 81-71 setback to Salem State on Wednesday before adding a game-best 27 points, eight caroms, seven assists and one steal in an 82-69 triumph over Pine Manor on Saturday.

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Logan O’Donnell enjoyed a successful week for the Engineers to earn his initial WACBA Rookie of the Week honor. (PHOTO COURTESY: Frank Poulin)

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Logan O’Donnell (WPI | Fr.| Fishkill, N.Y.): O’Donnell averaged 9.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and a steal for the Engineers last week. After scoring four points and collecting a trio of caroms in 10 minutes against Clark University, the rookie netted a career-high 15 points to go with four boards in 20 minutes at Coast Guard.

Chris Cardoso (Worcester State | Soph. | Jamaica Plain, Mass.): Cardoso scored 17 points while grabbing five boards and dishing four assists in a win over Framingham State on Wednesday, before recording 27 points with six boards and two steals in a loss to MCLA on Saturday.

Kahleb Downing (WPI | Soph. | Middletown, Conn.): Downing averaged 18 points, 4.5 assists and 2.5 steals in a 1-1 week. He began by netting 17 of his career-high 19 points in the second half of the Engineers win over Clark University. He also notched six helpers and four swipes versus the Cougars. On Saturday, the sophomore paced the Crimson and Gray with 17 points and six boards at Coast Guard.

Anthony Grzembski (Clark University | Soph.| Webster, Mass.): In a pair of games last week, the sophomore guard averaged 14 points, while tallying three rebounds (two in a setback to WPI) and six assists. He netted 14 points in back-to-back contests while recording a week-high four assists and two caroms (one offensive) in a 79-55 setback to WPI before tallying two assists and one rebound in a 102-65 loss to Babson College.

Damien Rance (Assumption College | RS-Jr. | Melbourne, Australia): Rance had his best two games of the year, averaging 19.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game while shooting 61.5 percent from the floor in a 0-2 week. Rance posted 23 points, nine rebounds, and one assist in a loss to Southern Conn. before finishing the week with 16 points and eight rebounds at Le Moyne.

Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria College | Jr. | Charlton, Mass.): In just one game last week, Rapoza registered a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds, while adding four assists and three blocks in a 78-73 setback to St. Joseph’s (Conn.).

Antonio White Jr. (Becker College | Jr. | Middletown, Conn.): White emerged as a strong inside presence for the Hawks this past week, averaging 17 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 1.5 steals per game over two games, all while shooting 45.2 percent from the floor. In Becker’s near upset bid against Southern Vermont on Saturday, the junior posted a double-double with 18 points and 12 boards. The Hawks will be back on the court on Wednesday when they head to Dean College for a 7:00 p.m. game.

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D3 Hoops Notebook: NEWMAC Squads Highlight First Few Weeks Of Play


By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

We’re just a few weeks into a brand new season of New England Division III basketball – maybe I shouldn’t say a ‘new season’ since a few weeks of hoops have already been recorded!

While we are starting to see certain teams emerge from the pack, we are also seeing some of the usual squads like Babson and WPI begin to pick-up momentum at the right time.

Last night – Thursday, December 7th, to be exact – the Beavers and Engineers scored impressive regional wins by knocking off Amherst and Eastern Connecticut State.

Both Amherst and Eastern Connecticut State are Top 25 teams, per the latest D3Hoops.com Men’s Basketball Poll.

For Babson, it was clutch free throw shooting down the stretch – the Beavers concluded the game eight of nine as a team from the stripe, while Amherst finished four of six. Babson’s Shyheim Ulrickson connected on all three freebies, while Nick Comenale was a perfect two-for-two. 

WPI had five players net double-figures in their 75-70 win over Eastern Connecticut, including Kahleb Downing, who added 15 points off the bench. Downing concluded the game four-of-seven from beyond the arc, while also recording seven assists, six boards and one block.

The win was WPI’s fifth of the season, while the loss halted Eastern Connecticut’s seven-game winning streak.

WPI is back in action tomorrow – that would be Saturday, December 9th, to be exact – when they host Salem State at 2 p.m. The Vikings are coming off their initial New England Big 4 Challenge win this past weekend, which included wins over Babson and Tufts.

In addition to solid wins by Babson and WPI, the NEWMAC saw a few other teams pick-up some impressive non-conference victories last night as Wheaton defeated Lasell, 65-60, while MIT topped Rhode Island College, 76-63, thanks to a career-high 32 points from Cameron Korb, who connected on 10 of 16 shots, including 8 of 13 from beyond the arc. 

As of today, MIT and Wheaton sit atop the NEWMAC with eight wins, respectively, while Babson, Coast Guard, Emerson and WPI have captured five games apiece.

News and Notes from New EnglandAs mentioned above, the Salem State men’s basketball team captured its first-ever New England Big 4 Challenge this past weekend when they defeated Babson and Tufts. I had a chance to PA Announce the game last weekend and wrote a few words about the Vikings’ win for D3Hoops.com.

The Middlebury women’s basketball team is off to a great start – they captured their eighth-straight contest last night by defeating Sage, 56-50. Middlebury’s Maya Davis led all scorers with 18 points. The Panthers take on Skidmore this evening at 8 p.m

As of this morning, Middlebury is one of five NESCAC women’s basketball teams that have yet to drop a single contest this season. Amherst, Bowdoin, Hamilton and Tufts remain undefeated as well, while Connecticut College and Williams have won six games, respectively.

Since falling to Wesleyan a few weeks ago, the Nichols men’s basketball team has won five-straight, including a 91-79 victory earlier this week against Roger Williams. The win against the Hawks was the team’s third-straight conference victory of the season. The two teams will meet again in January.

Games to Watch this WeekendAs always, Friday and Saturday will be busy days here in New England, so make sure to stay connected with both myself (@MattNoonan11) and (@NoontimeSports) on Twitter for scores and updates. Here are a few games I’ll be watching this weekend:

  • Men’s Basketball: No. 2 Middlebury at No. 16 Skidmore | Friday, Dec. 8th at 6 p.m.
  • Women’s Basketball: Middlebury at Skidmore | Friday, Dec. 8th at 8 p.m.
  • Men’s Basketball: Brandeis at No. 18 Wesleyan | Saturday, Dec. 9th at 1 p.m.
  • Women’s Basketball: Springfield at Worcester State | Saturday, Dec. 9th at 1 p.m.
  • Women’s Basketball: West Conn. at UMass Dartmouth | Saturday, Dec. 9th at 1 p.m.
  • Men’s Basketball: Springfield at No. 2 Williams | Saturday, Dec. 9th at 2 p.m.
  • Men’s Basketball: Salem State at WPI | Saturday, Dec. 9th at 2 p.m.
  • Women’s Basketball: UNE at Tufts | Saturday, Dec. 9th at 2 p.m.
  • Men’s Basketball: Western Conn. at UMass Dartmouth | Saturday, Dec. 9th at 3 p.m.
  • Women’s Basketball: Conn. College at Roger Williams | Sunday, Dec. 10th at 2 p.m.