WACBAHoops Reveals First Wave of Postseason Accolades

wacba-logoBy WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops) 

WORCESTER – Nichols swept the men’s major awards while Assumption, Becker, Fitchburg State and WPI took top billing for the women as the Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) resumed its postseason awards program. Additionally, 12 student-athletes from each gender were tabbed All-WACBA. Voters included sports information directors or primary contacts from each of the nine NCAA schools in Worcester County, as well as three members representing the local media.

Nichols’ Marcos Echevarria was named Player of the Year while teammate DeAnte Bruton was tabbed the Rookie of the Year and head coach Tom Glynn was recognized as the Coach of the Year. WPI’s Ama Biney was unanimously selected as the Women’s Player of the Year as Fitchburg State’s Kyra Rose took home another Rookie of the Year nod. Assumption’s Kerry Phayre and Becker’s David Bostick were chosen as Co-Coaches of the Year.

Echevarria and Becker’s Samuel Durodola earned first team votes on all 12 ballots. Fitchburg State’s Jaleel Bell, Becker’s Kyle Credle, Bruton and Anna Maria’s Mike Rapoza also earned high praise from the voters. WPI bookended the second team with Ian Converse and Sean Doncaster. Joining the Engineer duo was Worcester State’s Paul Brooks, Becker’s Kareem Davis, and Holy Cross’ Malachi Alexander and Robert Champion.

Biney was the lone consensus first teamer on the women’s ballot.  She was followed by Rose, Worcester State’s Britt Herring, Clark’s Ogechi Ezemma, Holy Cross’ Lauren Manis and Becker’s Cassidy Harrison. The women’s second team was the only one to feature student from each NCAA division. DII Assumption’s Jo Impellizeri led the way as WPI’s Priscilla Dunphy, Worcester State’s Kaitlin Berkel, Becker’s Adrianna Dowdy, DI Holy Cross’ Infinti Thomas-Waheed and Anna Maria’s Deja Taitt comprised the rest of the list.

The coaches group is in the midst of voting for the next Paul N. Johnson Award winner and the inaugural Pat Oroszko Courage Award recipient.

WACBA (Worcester Area College Basketball Association) is an organization billed as “one of its kind in the country” featuring 10 colleges, 20 programs plus sports information directors and media members to foster friendships and camaraderie along with promoting the GREAT GAME OF BASKETBALL throughout the TRADITION RICH Worcester Country Area.

MAJOR AWARD WINNERS

Men’s Player of the Year

Nichols sophomore Marcos Echevarria (Lynn, Mass.)

Women’s Player of the Year

WPI junior Ama Biney (Worcester, Mass,)

Men’s Rookie of the Year

Nichols freshman DeAnte Bruton (New London, Conn.)

Women’s Rookie of the Year

Fitchburg State freshman Kyra Rose (Rockland, Mass.)

Men’s Coach of the Year

Tom Glynn, Nichols

Women’s Co-Coaches of the Year

Kerry Phayre, Assumption and David Bostick, Becker

ALL-WACBA TEAMS 

MEN’S FIRST

 

Name

School

Class

Hometown

1stPl

Marcos Echevarria

Nichols

So

Lynn, Mass.

7

Samuel Durodola

Becker

Jr

Rosedale, N.Y.

1

Jaleel Bell

Fitchburg St.

Sr

Dorchester, Mass.

1

Kyle Credle

Becker

Sr

Queens, N.Y.

1

DeAnte Bruton

Nichols

Fr

New London, Conn.

Mike Rapoza

Anna Maria

Fr

Charlton, Mass.

2

 

 

 

 

 

MEN’S SECOND

 

Ian Converse

WPI

Sr

Woodstock, Conn.

Paul Brooks

Worcester St.

Sr

Arlington, Mass.

Kareem Davis

Becker

So

Lowell, Mass.

Malachi Alexander

Holy Cross

Sr

Bowie, Md.

Robert Champion

Holy Cross

Sr

Charlotte, N.C.

Sean Doncaster

WPI

Sr

Medford, Mass.

 

WOMEN’S FIRST

 

Name

School

Class

Hometown

1stPl

Ama Biney

WPI

Jr

Worcester, Mass.

        9

Kyra Rose

Fitchburg St.

Fr

Rockland, Mass.

        1

Britt Herring

Worcester St.

So

W. Brookfield, Mass.

         

Ogechi Ezemma

Clark

So

Hope Valley, R.I.

        2

Lauren Manis

Holy Cross

Fr

Franklin, Mass.

       

Cassidy Harrison

Becker

Fr

Foxborough, Mass.

         

 

 

 

 

 

WOMEN’S SECOND

 

Jo Impellizeri

Assumption

Sr

Seaford, N.Y.

          

Priscilla Dunphy

WPI

Sr

Barrington, R.I.

          

Kaitlyn Berkel

Worcester St.

So

Waterford, Conn.

          

Adriana Dowdy

Becker

So

East Haven, Conn.

          

I. Thomas-Waheed

Holy Cross

Jr

Newton, Mass.

          

Deja Taitt

Anna Maria

Sr

Cambia Heights, N.Y.

          

 

WACBA Honor Roll (Men’s Basketball) Week 13

Marcos Echevarria
Nichols’ Marcos Echevarria was tabbed this week’s WACBA Co-Player of the Week. (Photo Credit: Nichols College Athletics)

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: Marcos Echevarria (Nichols | Soph. | Lynn, Mass.): Echevarria averaged 23 points, 6.3 assist, 5 rebounds, and two steals to backstop the Bison to their first Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Championship in program history last Saturday. In the championship contest against Endicott, Echevarria scored eight points in the final 40 seconds of the contest as the Bison rallied from a seven-point deficit to stun the Gulls. The CCC Player of the Year netted 25 points and dished out eight dimes in the first round against University of New England, then collected 21 points, seven assists, and six boards in the semifinals against Wentworth.

Robert Champion (Holy Cross | Sr. | Charlotte, N.C.): In a 1-1 week for the Crusaders, Champion averaged 20 points, five rebounds and 1.5 steals. He began the week with 13 points, five rebounds, two steals and one assist as Holy Cross edged Loyola, 63-62. Against Boston University, the senior guard netted 27 points – one point shy of his career-high. He finished the contest against the Terriers with five triples, five rebounds and one assist. For the week, he tallied 40 points, pulled down 10 rebounds, while registering a trio of steals and pair of assists, while sinking 8 of 11 free throws.

Men’s Player of the Week: Jerome Cunningham (Nichols | Fr. | Westbury, N.Y.): Cunningham averaged a double-double with 10.3 points and 14.0 rebounds to help the Bison secure their first Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Championship in program history. The 6-8 freshman posted 10 points, 16 rebounds, and three blocks against University of New England in the quarterfinals, then went for 11 points, 11 rebounds, and three blocks in the semifinals against Wentworth. In the championship contest against Endicott, Cunningham filled the stat sheet with 10 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocks. Cunningham shot 52 percent from the field.

Men’s Honor Roll

Kareem Davis (Becker | Soph. | Lowell, Mass.): Davis scored 31 points, making six three-pointers and going 11 of 11 from the free throw line to lead Becker to an exciting 79-70 upset victory at Southern Vermont College in the New England Collegiate Conference Championship (NECC) final. Davis was tabbed the Most Valuable Player of the NECC Tournament the same week he was named to the All-Conference team. For the week, the sophomore averaged 21.5 points with 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals while shooting a perfect 100 percent on his free throws to lead the Hawks into the NCAA Tournament.

Ryan DiBernardo (Worcester State | Sr. | Springfield, Mass.): DiBernardo led the Lancers in a 2-1 week as he averaged 14 points, four assists, and 3.7 rebounds. He tallied 10 points and seven rebounds in the win over Westfield State, and then picked up 17 points, five assists, and three rebounds in the win over Fitchburg State, helping the team to the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) championship game. Against Salem State in the final round, he totaled 15 points, three assists and one rebound.

Cal Howes (Worcester State | Fr. | Maynard, Mass.): The rookie averaged 10.3 points in a 2-1 week for the Lancers. He picked up 12 points, a rebound and a steal in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) quarterfinal win over Westfield State, and then helped the Blue and Gold with seven points, three rebounds and an assist in the semifinal win over Fitchburg. In the MASCAC Championship game, Howes registered 12 points, three rebounds, two assists and a block.

Ian Converse (WPI | Sr. | Woodstock, Conn.): Converse went off for 23 points and nine rebounds in Saturday’s New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) semifinal versus eventual champion MIT. The senior shot 50 percent from inside the arc and was 3-for-4 at the free throw line in what proved to be his final game with the Crimson and Gray.

 

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 Eight)

WPI's Ama Biney was tabbed this week's WACBA Women's Player of the Week. (Photo Credit: WPI Athletics)
WPI’s Ama Biney was tabbed this week’s WACBA Women’s Player of the Week. (Photo Credit: WPI Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com 

WORCESTER, Mass. – With another week of college basketball in the books, it is 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 WeekIrving Eggleston (Sr.), Nichols (East Lyme, Conn.): Eggleston averaged 18.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 4.0 spg, and 2.7 apg as the Bison went a perfect 3-0 last week. He dropped in 20 points in a win over UNE in a rematch of last season quarterfinal round, then made 23 points in a come-from-behind win over Gordon. Eggleston closed the week with 12 points and seven steals at Curry, a game in which the starter did not play long into the second half. He is second in the CCC in scoring at 21.1 ppg.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Alex Santos (Fr.), Worcester St. (Lawrence, Mass.): Santos registered a career-high 32 points and broke a Worcester State all-time record in three point shots made in a single game Saturday afternoon in the 93-81 victory over Fitchburg State.  He drained nine 3-pointers at a 69.2 3-point field goal percentage against the Falcons. The remaining points scored were made from the free-throw line, as he went 5-for-6 (83.3%). He also added in two assists, two rebounds, a steal and a block.

Women’s Player of the Week: Ama Biney (So.), WPI (Worcester, Mass./Holy Name): Biney averaged 14 points and six rebounds as the Engineers pushed their winning streak to 14 games with conference victories over Smith and Coast Guard last week.  The sophomore posted team-highs of 14 points in both contests, while finishing a rebound short of a double-double in the road victory at Coast Guard.  Biney also chipped in with four steals and a pair of assists on the week.

Women’s Rookie of the Week Britt Herring (Fr.), Worcester St. (W. Brookfield, Mass.): Herring registered a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds in the 74-35 MASCAC win Saturday afternoon against Fitchburg State. Against the Falcons, Herring shot 54.5 percent from the field and went 87.5 from the free-throw line. She also recorded three blocks on the defensive end against Fitchburg. Earlier in the week, Herring netted two points, four rebounds, two assists, and one block in the Setback to Keene State.

Honor Roll:

Kamali Bey (So.), Assumption (Springfield, Mass.): Bey averaged 14.5 points, six rebounds and one block per game while shooting 50 percent from the field for the week. Highlighting his week was a 16-point performance at home vs. New Haven on Saturday.

Kelly Conley (Sr.), Assumption (Ellington, Conn.): In a 1-1 week, Conley averaged 11.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, three assists and 1.5 steals per game while shooting 16-of-20 from the free throw line. Highlighting her week was a team-best 17-point performance in a home win over New Haven on Saturday.

Kareem Davis (Fr.) Becker (Lowell, Mass.): Davis set a Becker record with eight three pointers in a 64-61 victory over Regis College on Thursday. Davis finished with a game-high 28 points for the Hawks, including four crucial free-throws in the final seconds of the game. Davis averaged 14.5 points per game this past week with eight steals and five assists.

Luca McCormick (Fr.) Clark (Bradenton, Fla.): McCormick averaged 15.5 points and 6.0 rebounds off the bench in a 1-1 week for the Cougars. In a 62-57 win over Emerson on Wednesday, McCormick recorded his third game this season with 20 points or more when he racked up a game-best 20 on 7-for-11 shooting to go along with nine rebounds. Then in a 74-63 loss at Coast Guard, he finished with 11 points and three rebounds in 19 minutes.

Kwame Lee (Sr.) Fitchburg St. (Brockton, Mass.): Lee averaged 15.5 points, ten rebounds, three steals, two assists and two blocks per contest for the Falcons in a 1-1 week. He registered 18 points, nine caroms, three blocks, two assists and a steal in an 85-77 win over Bridgewater State on Wednesday before adding a double-double of 13 points and 11 boards to go along with five steals, two assists and one block in a 93-81 setback to the Lancers of Worcester State on Saturday.

Marcos Echevarria (Fr.) Nichols (Lynn, Mass.): Echevarria averaged 17.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.7 apg, and 1.3 spg as the Bison went 3-0 last week. He scored 21 of his 25 points in the first half of a win over UNE on Tuesday. Four days later, he scored 21 on 8-of-14 shooting (57 percent) to go with four rebounds, four assists, and two steals at Curry on Saturday. Echevarria is third in the conference in scoring at 18.7 ppg.

Sean Doncaster (Jr.), WPI (Medford, Mass.): Doncaster stuffed the stat sheets totaling 20 points, 14 assists, 11 rebounds, four steals and a block as the 12th-ranked Engineers split a pair of NEWMAC contests last week.

Bilal Shakir (Jr.), Worcester St. (Worcester, Mass./Worcester Tech): Shakir netted 25 points and added in five shots from behind the arc in the 93-81 win over Fitchburg State Saturday afternoon. The junior went 10-for-16 (62.5%) overall from the field and registered seven rebounds, two assists, and two steals.

Brianna Hackett (So.), Worcester St. (Hollis, N.H.): Hackett averaged 14.5 points, four rebounds, four assists, and two steals in a 1-1 week for the Lancers. She scored 12 points in the setback to Keene State, and then registered 17 points in the 74-35 victory over Fitchburg State.