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 10

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Nichols’ Jerome Cunningham was tabbed this week’s WACBA Rookie 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: Kyle Credle (Becker | Sr. | Queens, N.Y.): Credle had a great week as he averaged 20.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.3 steals per game in three victories this past week, while shooting 51 percent from the floor and 40 percent from behind the arc. First, in Becker’s 78-64 win at Regis, Credle scored 20 points on just 14 shots while dishing out five assists. Then against Elms, Credle posted a double-double with 22 points, ten rebounds and six assists in a 77-60 victory. Finally on Saturday, with the Hawks down by two at home to Lesley, Credle buried a game-winning three-pointer with seven seconds left to lift his team to the victory. Credle finished with 20 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals in the superb effort. For the season, the senior team captain leads Becker in scoring, assists and steals.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Jerome Cunningham (Nichols | Fr.| Westbury, N.Y.): Cunningham averaged a double-double with 15.5 ppg and 10.5 rpg in a pair of Nichols wins. He collected 17 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, and two blocks against Western New England on Wednesday, then put up 14 points, nine rebounds, and three blocks in a road win against Curry on Saturday. The 6-8 freshman is averaging 8.6 ppg and 8.9 rpg on the season, as well as two blocks.

Men’s Honor Roll:

Lamar Berk (Clark University | Sr. | Saint Augustine, Fla.): The senior forward was stellar in a pair of games last week as the Cougars went 1-1. In an 82-64 win on the road against Coast Guard, Berk finished with game and career-highs of 19 points and 15 rebounds. Then in a last second loss to Emerson on Saturday, he registered another double-double, ending with game bests of 16 points and 12 rebounds. For the week, he averaged 17.5 points and 13.5 rebounds while connecting on 61 percent of his shots (14-for-23) and all nine of his free throw attempts.

Jaleel Bell (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Dorchester, Mass.): Bell averaged 20.5 points, nine rebounds, 1.5 assists, one steal and one block per game in two contests for the Falcons. He posted a game-best 22 points, eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in a 68-64 setback to Williams College on Monday before adding a double-double of 19 points and ten caroms as well as one assist, one steal and one block in an 81-78 victory against Bridgewater State on Saturday.

Robert Champion (Holy Cross | Sr. | Charlotte, N.C.): Champion netted a team-high17 points, while recording six rebounds and four assists in the Crusaders’ 56-50 win over Colgate. His six rebounds and four assists were the most recorded by a student-athlete in purple and white, too.

Marcos Echevarria (Nichols | Soph. | Lynn, Mass.): Echevarria averaged 22.0 points (10-of-21 three-pointers), 3.5 assists, and 3.5 rebounds in a pair of wins for the Bison last week. He opened the week with a 27-point effort (six three-pointers) against the Golden Bears, against which he also notched five rebounds, four assists, and one steal. On Saturday, Echevarria scored 17 points in 26 minutes in a win at Curry. On the season, he is averaging 24.3 points per game and making 43 percent of his three-pointers.

Aaron Anniballi (Worcester State | Sr. | Milford, Mass.): The senior guard led the Lancers with a career-high 22 points, seven rebounds and six assists in the Lancers’ 91-84 setback to Salem State. Anniballi shot 53.3% (8-15) from the field and 50% on 5-of-10 triples in the loss.

Ian Converse (WPI | Sr. | Woodstock, Conn.): Converse averaged 15.5 points and four rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Engineers. He began with 14 points in a road win at Emerson Wednesday before scoring 13 of his 17 points in the second half against No. 1 Babson on Saturday.

Jake Wisniewski (WPI | Fr. | West Brookfield, Mass.): Wisniewski averaged 10 points per game in 19.5 minutes per contest in a 1-1 week. He totaled 17 points on 7 of 12 shooting from the field, while netting three-of-four free throw attempts in a road win at Emerson. He was tabbed to start Saturday against No. 1 Babson; however, he was relatively quiet with three points and three offensive rebounds.

WACBA Honor Roll (Men’s Basketball) Week Five

WPI's Sean Doncaster was tabbed this week's WACBA Men's Player of the Week. (PHOTO CREDIT: Frank Poulin/WPI Athletics)

WPI’s Sean Doncaster was tabbed this week’s WACBA Men’s Player of the Week. (PHOTO CREDIT: Frank Poulin/WPI Athletics)

By WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

Ah, a new year has arrived, which means we’re back to reporting about basketball, specifically in the Worcester area. So, to kick-off another year (2017, to be exact!), here is this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Honor Roll.

Men’s Player of the Week: Sean Doncaster (WPI | Sr. | Medford, Mass.): Doncaster led the Engineers to a pair of victories last week by stuffing the stat sheets with 31 points, 14 rebounds, 11 assists and four steals in victories over Keene State and Eastern Nazarene. With WPI trailing by a point with less than a minute to go against the Owls, the senior drained the go-ahead triple before ending the contest with 13 points and eight boards. He continued shine from the outside versus Eastern Nazarene, nailing all four of his trifectas against the Lions, while scoring 20 points, grabbing six rebounds and dishing out a game-high six assists.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Cal Howes (Worcester State | Fr. | Maynard, Mass.): The first-year guard averaged 16 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in a 1-1 week for the Lancers. He scored 12 points in his team’s win over Sage before tallying 20 points in a 79-63 setback to Roger Williams.

Men’s Honor Roll:

Marcus Murray (Assumption | Sr. | Washington, D.C.): Murray had an impressive game for Assumption last Friday in a 70-68 loss to Molloy. The senior posted 19 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals while converting four of his six three-point attempts, as the Hounds nearly overcame an eight-point deficit in the final 40 seconds of regulation.

Kyle Credle (Becker | Sr. | Queens, N.Y.): Credle highlighted Becker’s come-from-behind victory over Gordon College last month, netting a game-high 24 points, while stuffing the stat sheet with seven caroms, four assists and three steals. Credle was clutch down the stretch, sinking a pair of free throws before drilling two triples and a jumper minutes later to help Becker defeat the Fighting Scots and enter the holiday break on a four-game winning streak.

Jaleel Bell (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Dorchester, Mass.): Bell netted 26 points on 10-of-17 shooting to go along with nine rebounds, eight assists and four steals in a 79-70 win over Brandeis University.

Marcos Echevarria (Nichols | Soph. | Lynn, Mass.): Echevarria poured in a team-high 27 points in a 104-73 win over Anna Maria last Friday. He knocked down six three-pointers and collected seven rebounds and four steals in 34 minutes.

DeAnte Bruton (Nichols | Fr. | New London, Conn.): Bruton filled the stat sheet with 19 points (8-of-13 from the field), three assists, two boards, and two swipes in a win over Anna Maria last Friday. He is averaging 21.9 points per game this season.

Paul Brooks (Worcester St. | Sr. | Arlington, Mass.): The senior center averaged 17 points, four rebounds, and four blocks per game in a 1-1 week for the Lancers. He scored 13 points against Sage and then netted a team-high 21 points against Roger Williams. Over the span of the two games, Brooks shot 80 percent from the field, sinking 16-of-20 buckets.

WACBA Honor Roll (Men’s Basketball) Week Three

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

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

By WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER, Mass. – For the third-straight week, the Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) is proud to unveil its men’s basketball honor roll, including our first-ever milestone honoree.

Congratulations to this week’s honor roll and remember to stay connected with Noontime Sports (@NoontimeSports) and WACBA (@WACBAHoops) on social media.

Men’s Player of the Week: Samuel Durodola (Becker | Jr. | Rosedale, N.Y.): Durodola was a dominant inside force over three games this past week, averaging 20.3 points and 14.6 rebounds to go along with 2.0 assists and 1.0 steals. Facing Newbury in Becker’s New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) opener, Durodola pulled down 20 boards with 15 points in a 69-65 victory. As of press time, Durodola leads the entire conference in rebounding at 11.3 rebounds per game. For his accomplishments, Durodola was named NECC Player of the Week on Monday.

Jalen Williams (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Meriden, Conn.): Williams averaged a double-double of 14.0 points and 13.5 rebounds per contest as well as 1.5 assists per game in a 2-0 week for the Falcons. He collected a double-double of 17 points and 19 boards to go along with two assists in a 91-65 win over Elms on Tuesday before adding 11 points, eight caroms and one assist in a 74-61 win against the 23rd ranked Engineers of WPI on Saturday.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: DeAnte Bruton (Nichols | Fr. | New London, Conn.): Bruton averaged 19.0 points per game and shot 54 percent from the field to help the Bison earn a pair of conference wins last week. Bruton scored a career-high 36 points against Becker on Monday before chipping in 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting to help Nichols defeat Roger Williams on Wednesday. Bruton then scored 16 of his 23 points in the second half against Wentworth on Saturday, helping the Bison erase a 12-point second-half deficit and move to 2-0 in Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) play. He also averaged 4.0 rebounds per game and 2.0 steals per game, and shot 88 percent from the free throw line (15-of-17).

Men’s Milestone: Kyle Credle (Becker | Sr. | Queens, N.Y.): Credle became the 17th Hawk to eclipse the 1,000-point-mark as he scored a game-high 26 points in Becker’s 69-65 win at Newbury College this past weekend. Credle reached the mark on a jumper with 10:33 to go in the game, a basket that got the Hawks to within one possession for the first time since 8-5 of the 13:31 mark in the first half. For the week, Credle averaged 18.6 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.

Men’s Honor Roll:

Joe Atkinson (Clark | Sr. | Milford, Mass.): Atkinson had an incredible week for the Cougars, who went 1-1. Against Connecticut College, Atkinson recorded a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds, while shooting 6-of-12 from the field. A few days later against Becker, he scored a career high 32 points and added ten more rebounds, while going 12-for-14 from the field, including a sizzling 8-for-8 from behind the arc. For the week, he averaged 25.5 points and ten rebounds, finished 18-of-26 from the field and 12-of-13 from beyond the arc.

Marcos Echevarria (Nichols | Soph. | Lynn, Mass.): After scoring 20 points against non-conference foe Becker on Monday, Echevarria made 14-of-16 from the charity stripe and finished with 20 points in a win over Roger Williams. On Saturday, he poured in 35 points to lift the Bison to a come-from-behind win over Wentworth. For the week, Echevarria made 28 of his 31 free throw attempts (90 percent) and also averaged 4.0 assists per game, 4.0 rebounds per game, and 2.5 steals per game.

Jake Wisniewski (WPI | Fr. | West Brookfield, Mass.) Wisniewski rebounded from a relatively quiet game against No. 3 Tufts to average 15 points and 5.5 rebounds with a block and a steal for the Engineers. On Thursday he led the way with a game-best 16 points in 23 minutes at Framingham State before adding 14 more to go with eight rebounds in a WACBA showdown at Fitchburg State on Saturday.

Corey Gatta (Worcester State | Jr. | Sturbridge, Mass.): The junior guard averaged 13 points per game in a 0-2 week for the Lancers. He tallied 10 points, eight rebounds (team-high) and four assists in a 67-53 setback to Lasell. He then recorded 16 points, going 4-for-5 (80%) from the field, 2-for-2 (100%) from beyond the arc, and 6-for-6 (100%) from the free throw line in Saturday’s setback to Wheaton.