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

By NoontimeSports.com 

Here is this week’s first official WACBA Honor Roll.

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Phil Beans (Holy Cross) – The senior center has been clutch for the Crusaders thus far and against the University of Maine, Beans totaled 19 points (career-high), eight rebounds, one assist and one steal. His eight rebounds was his second-highest total of his collegiate career.

Ronson Quick (Assumption College) – Quick was clearly a factor this past week for the Hounds, who’re currently 3-0 and 1-0 in the Northeast-10 Conference. The junior averaged 16.7 points per game and 5.3 rebounds in three games, and against Caldwell, he scored 20 points (8-of-13 shooting) and pulled down three rebounds.

Katy Howard (Assumption College) – Through three games this season, Howard is averaging 14.7 points per game. In her team’s first game of the season against American International, Howard recorded 17 points, five steals, and two assists. This past weekend, the Medway native was named to the Stonehill College Tip-Off Tournament Team after leading her squad to back-to-back victories.

Kayla Cummings (Anna Maria) – Against Newbury College at the Gordon Invitational, the junior led all players with 14 points and 12 rebounds in her team’s 50-46 setback.

Brad Peterson (Anna Maria) – In two games this season, Peterson has averaged 25.5 points per game and 11.5 rebounds. Against Daniel Webster last Friday, Peterson led all scorers with 31 points. He also chipped in 16 rebounds, two assists, two blocks, and one steal. Peterson was named to the All-Tournament Team, too.

Lee Brocket (Becker College) – In his team’s second game of the season against Plymouth State, the sophomore led all scorers with 33 points. Brocket also concluded the game with six three-pointers, seven free throws, eight rebounds, and two steals.

Emily Reilly (Clark University) – After two games, the junior from Marlborough is averaging 18 points per game and 7.5 rebounds. Reilly, who was named the Worcester City Tournament’s MVP, paced the Cougars with 24 points and eight rebounds in her team’s Worcester City Tournament championship against WPI. Clark has now won the tournament 20 times.

Brian Vayda (Clark University) – After missing 20 games last season with an injury, the graduate student from Sturbridge provided the necessary spark for the Cougars, who captured the Eastern Connecticut State Tip-Off Tournament crown this past weekend. Vayda recorded his team’s final 10 points in the championship game against Bowdoin College, as well as the game-winning three-pointer with four seconds remaining, which provided Clark with their second win of the season.

Dane Jobst (Worcester State) – After two games, the junior from Athol is averaging 23.5 points per game, seven rebounds and 2.5 steals. Jobst earned all-tournament honors last weekend at the UMass Dartmouth Hampton Inn Classic following two impressive performances against Trinity College and Wheaton College. Against the Bantams, he recorded 29 points and nine rebounds, and against the Lyons he finished with 18 points, five rebounds and four steals.

Meaghan O’Keefe (Worcester State) – The senior from Warren was clutch for the Lancers, especially against Becker College in the Worcester City Tournament’s consolation game where she tallied 20 points, eight rebounds, two assists and one block. O’Keefe earned all-tournament honors, too.

Dani Davis (WPI) – Through two games this season, the sophomore is averaging 15.5 points per game and 7.5 rebounds. In the Worcester City Tournament’s championship, Davis registered a career-best 18 points, including four three-pointers and nine rebounds in her team’s first loss to Clark.

Mass High School Hoops Recap: Westwood 49, Medway 46

 

By Matt Noonan 

WESTWOOD, MA – Earlier this season, Medway handed Westwood a four-point loss.

On Friday, the Wolverines responded by gifting the visiting Mustangs a 49-46 loss, which marked Westwood’s seventh victory of the season, as well as their seventh Tri-Valley League conference win, too.

“I think, Westwood wasn’t fully prepared [back in December], and I think we came out flat [on Friday],” said Medway’s junior guard Matt Ozzella. “I guess we didn’t come to play.”

“[This win] is huge for the team and the program,” said Westwood head coach Steven St. Martin. “Guys kept fighting through, and it was funny, one of my captains in their at the end, when [we talked] in the locker room, he said, ‘at the beginning of the year, we wouldn’t have won this game, and now we have,’ and that’s that part of the process, [which is] you’re trying to keep getting better.”

Medway’s senior co-captain Pat Sheehan got things going with a quick basket before Westwood’s junior Joe Lally and senior Eric Tanery answered with back-to-back trifectas to give the Wolverines an early lead.

The Mustangs eventually erased their opponent’s four-point cushion with two three-pointers by Sheehan, who helped Medway secure a somewhat comfortable 15-11 advantage after eight minutes.

The Wolverines fought relentlessly in the second quarter, as they managed to secure numerous rebounds, mainly on the defensive end, which eventually set up Lally to race down the court, and end the half with a layup that cut the deficit to 26-21.

However, the second half belonged to Westwood, who outscored Medway, 28-20.

Senior Glenn Parsons sparked Westwood’s offense by registering nine points in the third frame, which included two three-pointers that helped the Wolverines tie the game, and set up a dramatic fourth quarter.

“He was shooting well, he was shooting well tonight,” said Medway head coach Jay Rojee, when asked to describe the play of Parsons.

“[He’s] coming up clutch, he had some clutch hoops the other night,” said St. Martin.

 

Ozzella retained the Mustangs lead with a jump shot and two free throws during the opening minutes of the fourth quarter, but the Wolverines answered with a Lally jump shot, and a two-pointer by senior Mike Keane in the paint to tie the game at 44-44.

Junior Wes Jursek then sank two critical free throws with less than two minutes remaining, but unfortunately, those two points didn’t frazzle the Wolverines offense, as Tanery knocked down a three-pointer on the ensuing possession, which electrified the home crowd.

Parsons then solidified the win when a two-point jump shot during the final seconds before Sheehan attempted a three-pointer from roughly half court, which bounced in and out of the basket.

“I’m still in shock that [Sheehan’s shot] didn’t go in,” said Rojee. “They played a great game. Give them credit, they hit some big shots down the stretch, and it’s a big three-pointer when we were up two with 40 seconds left, so hats off to Westwood, they played hard.”

Westwood will return to the hardwood on Tuesday when they host Bellingham, while Medway will look to snap their current two-game losing streak against Ashland at home. Both contests are slated for 6:30pm.