Anna Maria’s Rapoza Receives Praise From Bob Ryan On Around The Horn

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On Tuesday, Anna Maria’s Mike Rapoza went a perfect 18-for-18 from the floor, while netting a career-high 42 points against Mount Ida. (PHOTO CREDIT: Anna Maria College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

Following a monstrous performance two nights ago against Mount Ida College, Anna Maria College’s Mike Rapoza received some love from Boston Globe columnist Bob Ryan at the conclusion of last night’s (Wednesday, Feb. 14th) Around the Horn on ESPN.

Ryan, who has been covering basketball for nearly five decades, praised Rapoza – not just for converting all 18 of his field goals, but for “posting up, kicking butt and making every shot.”

“Way to go, Mike Rapoza,” he said with a fist pump. “You da’ man!”

Rapoza’s 18-for-18 performance was a Division III record, but also helped the AMCATs secure a spot in the upcoming Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Tournament, which begins next week.

Anna Maria returns to the hardwood on Saturday, February 17 when they host Emmanuel College with tip-off scheduled for 12 p.m.

WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week 11 (Tuesday, Feb. 13th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) & WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER  With another week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


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Men’s Player of the Week:
Samuel Durodola (Becker College | Sr. | Rosedale, N.Y.): Durodola averaged 22 points and 13.5 rebounds per game this past week in games against Southern Vermont and Newbury. In Becker’s 108-81 victory over the Nighthawks on Saturday, the senior matched a career-high with 35 points to go along with 16 rebounds, two blocks and two assists in a superb effort. After a slow start, Durodola scored 22 points on nine of ten shooting in the second half as the Hawks pulled away.


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Men’s Rookie of the Week: Matthew Kelly (Assumption College | Fr. | North Potomac, Md.):
Kelly averaged 21.0 points, 4.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game while playing all 40 minutes of each game and shooting 52.0 overall with 10 made threes. He opened the week with 16 points, including 4-for-5 from downtown, with two rebounds and two assists as Assumption beat Saint Anselm 70-67. On Saturday, he scored 18 second-half points and finished the game with 26, including a three with nine seconds left to pull his team within two, as the team eventually fell 83-80. Kelly also had six assists and one steal in the contest.


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Men’s Honor Roll

Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria | Soph. | Charlton, Mass.): Rapoza has been a double-double machine this season – he recently recorded his 20th double-double of the season last Saturday with 21 points and 13 rebounds in the AMCATs’ fourth-straight win over Rivier. The sophomore connected on eight of 10 shots from the field and went five of six from the line. Prior to his team’s win last Saturday, Rapoza registered his 19th double-double with 11 points and a game-high 19 rebounds in a 63-42 win over Suffolk.

John Pisacreta (Clark University | Sr. | Andover, Mass.): Pisacreta posted 47 points and eight rebounds to go along with five assists and seven steals in a 1-1 week for the Cougars. Pisacreta registered a game-high 27 points in an overtime setback at Emerson College before leading Clark to a 97-75 victory over Coast Guard with 20 points on senior day.

Nicholas Tracy (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Indianapolis, Ind.): Tracy averaged 18 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game in a 1-1 week for the Falcons. He netted 19 points, seven boards, three assists and three steals in a 79-75 setback to MCLA on Thursday before adding 17 points, eight rebounds and two assists in an 89-54 triumph over Worcester State on Saturday.

Marcos Echevarria (Nichols College | Jr. | Lynn, Mass.): Marcos Echevarria helped lead the Bison to a 2-0 mark last week by averaging 24.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.5 steals per game. Echevarria scored 20 points and grabbed a rebound with two assists, three steals, and a block in a 93-67 win at Salve Regina. He followed that up with 29 points, five rebounds, and three assists in a 73-61 win at Western New England. For the week, Echevarria shot 50% (18-of-36) from the field.

WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week 10 (Tuesday, Feb. 6th)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) & WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER  With another week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


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Co-Men’s Player of the Week: Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria | Soph. | Charlton, Mass.): In a 2-0 week for the AMCATS, Rapoza led the charge by averaging 18.5 points and 19 rebounds, while tallying eight blocks and three assists. He also finished the week 13 of 23 from the field, while netting 11 of 17 freebies. He began the week with 15 points and 17 rebounds in a 75-69 win over Suffolk before tallying 22 points and 21 rebounds in a road win over Emmanuel. In addition to his double-double against the Saints, he also concluded the game with three blocks and three assists.


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Co-Men’s Player of the Week: Samuel Durodola (Becker College | Sr. | Rosedale, N.Y.): Durodola posted another outstanding week, averaging 27.5 points with 10.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks on 53.7 percent shooting. The senior came up huge in Becker’s 74-60 win over Lesley with 31 points, ten rebounds and two blocks. The reigning NECC Player of the Year shot 52 percent inside the three-point arc and 50 percent from beyond the line. Then at Wheelock on Saturday, Durodola finished with 24 points and ten boards. For the season, Durodola leads the NECC in scoring at 22.7 points per game.


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Men’s Rookie of the Week: Matt Morrow (Nichols College | Fr. | Leicester, Mass.): Matt Morrow helped lead the Bison to a 2-0 mark this week, averaging 11.0 points, 10.5 rebounds, 1.0 steals, and 2.0 blocks per game. In a 94-69 win over Curry, Morrow recorded a double-double of 16 points, on 8-of-9 shooting, and 14 rebounds to go with three blocks. He followed that up with six points, seven rebounds, one block, and one steal in a 116-85 win over UNE. For the week, he shot 76.9% (10-of-13) from the field.


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Matthew Kelly (Assumption College | Fr. | North Potomac, Md.): Kelly was extremely impressive last week, averaging 24.5 points and 4.5 rebounds, while connecting on 19 of 30 attempts from the field, including 9 of 18 shots from beyond the arc. He netted a career and season-best 36 points in a five-point setback to Bentley, while netting 13 points against Merrimack. Against the Warriors, he converted five of eight attempts, including three of six shots from three-point land before netting a season-best 14 field goals against the Falcons. Kelly played the full 40 minutes in both games and ended the week with a trio of steals and assists.

Jonathan Perez (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Lowell, Mass.): Perez averaged 22.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game in a 1-1 week for the Falcons. He registered a team-best 21 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals in a 93-85 setback to Salem State on Wednesday before adding 24 points, three boards and two assists in an 88-86 triumph over Pine Manor on Saturday.

Jehyve Floyd (Holy Cross | Jr. | Sayreville, N.J.): Floyd totaled 15 points, nine rebounds, six blocks, four assists and two steals in the Lehigh game before adding 14 points, six rebounds, five blocks and two assists in the victory at Loyola. For the week, he averaged 14.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 5.5 blocks and 3.0 assists per game on the week, while hitting 12 of 13 field goal attempts (92.3 percent). Additionally, he had a school-record streak of 20 consecutive field goals made snapped in the second half of the Loyola game.

Marcos Echevarria (Nichols College | Jr. | Lynn, Mass.): Marcos Echevarria helped lead the Bison to a 2-0 week, averaging 21.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 6.5 assists, and 3.5 steals per game. Echevarria scored 22 points to go with five rebounds, seven assists, and four steals in a 94-69 win over Curry. He followed that up with 20 points, six assists, three steals and a rebound in a 116-85 win over UNE. For the week, he shot 41.7% (15-of-36) from the field and 37.9% (11-of-29) from beyond the arc. He has scored 20+ points in four-straight games and has eclipsed the mark in eight of his last nine times out.

Shaun McCarthy (Worcester State | Soph. | Oxford, Mass.): The sophomore forward averaged 18 points (13-for-21 from the field), seven rebounds, and an assist in a 1-1 week for the Blue and Gold. He tallied 21 points with six rebounds, two assists, and a block in the Lancers’ first home win against Framingham State. He then totaled 15 points with eight rebounds in Saturday’s setback to MCLA.

WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week Nine (Tuesday, Jan. 30th)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) & WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER  With another week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


JFLOYDMen’s Basketball Player of the Week: Jehyve Floyd (Holy Cross | Jr. | Sayreville, N.J.): Floyd led the team with a career-high 22 points, six blocked shots, five rebounds and two assists in the Crusaders’ victory against American. He totaled 17 points, six rebounds, two blocks and two assists in the win over Lafayette. He hit all eight of his field goal attempts against the Leopards, becoming only the third player in school history to make 100.0 percent of his shots from the floor with at least eight attempts. For the week, he averaged 19.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.0 blocks and 2.0 assists on the week, while hitting 85.7 percent of his field goal attempts.


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Men’s Basketball Rookie of the Week:
Austin Butler (Holy Cross | Fr. | Latrobe, Pa.): Butler led the team with a career-high 28 points and four rebounds in the Crusaders’ victory over Lafayette. He hit 11 of 15 field goal attempts and five of eight three-pointers against the Leopards. Butler pulled down four rebounds in the victory at American. For the week, he averaged 14.0 points and 4.0 rebounds on the week, while hitting 64.7 percent of his field goal attempts and 55.6 percent of his three-pointers.


Men’s Honor Roll

Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria College | Soph. | Charlton, Mass.): Mike Rapoza averaged 17.7 points in three games last week with his highest total of 21 points coming against Norwich University. He also averaged 13.7 rebounds per game last week, too, while adding three blocked shots against Albertus Magnus – he almost recorded a triple-double against the Falcons, but was two assist shy of the mark.

Samuel Durodola (Becker College | Sr. | Rosedale, N.Y.): Durodola posted another dominant week for the Hawks, averaging 22.5 points and 9.0 rebounds with 1.0 blocks and 1.0 steals and shooting 58.3 percent from the floor. Durodola was at his best in Becker’s 83-63 victory at Elms, scoring 34 points with ten boards on 64 percent shooting.

Nicholas Tracy (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Indianapolis, Ind.): Tracy averaged 14.7 points, seven rebounds, 1.3 assists, 2.7 steals and one block per game over three contests for the Green and Gold. He notched 14 points, six rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in a 65-63 win over Westfield State on Tuesday before adding 23 points, seven boards, four steals and one block in a 68-58 setback to Bridgewater State on Thursday. Tracy concluded the week with seven points, eight caroms, one assist, three steals and one block in a 64-56 setback to Framingham State on Saturday.

Marcos Echevarria (Nichols College | Jr. | Lynn, Mass.): Marcos Echevarria helped lead the Bison to a 2-1 mark this week, averaging 24.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.7 assists, and 2.7 steals per game. Echevarria scored 15 points to go with four rebounds, six assists, and three steals in a 99-85 setback to UNE. He followed that up with 35 points, six rebounds, four assists, and three steals in an 83-63 win at Endicott. He wrapped up the week with 22 points, five rebounds, four assists, and two steals in a 97-74 win at Gordon. For the week, he shot 41.1% (23-of-56) from the field, 40% (12-of-30) from beyond the arc, and 93.3% (14-of-15) at the free throw line.

Will Watkins Jr. (Worcester State | Jr.| Southbridge, Mass.): The sophomore Southbridge, Mass. native averaged 19.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.7 steals, and 1.3 assists in a 1-2 week for the Blue and Gold. Overall this week, he shot 54.5% (23-43) from the field, 50% (11-22) from 3-point range, and 100% (2-2) from the charity stripe. He racked up 31 points, going 7-for-11 (63.6%) from beyond the arc, with three rebounds and two steals in the setback to Bridgewater State. He then was one rebound shy of a double-double with 22 points, nine rebounds, three assists and two steals in the Lancers’ first conference win over Westfield State. He then wrapped up the week with six points and seven boards in the loss to Salem State.

WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week Eight (Tuesday, Jan. 23rd)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) & WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER  With another week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


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Men’s Player of the Week: Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria | Soph. | Charlton, Mass.): Rapoza averaged a double-double of 21.3 points and 15 rebounds in a trio of games last week as Anna Maria went 1-2 in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) play. He netted 22 points and pulled down 19 rebounds in a 105-87 victory over Rivier before tallying 19 points and 11 caroms in a 64-55 setback to Lasell. Two days later against St. Joseph’s (Maine), the sophomore recorded 23 points and 15 rebounds in a five-point setback to the Monks. Rapoza has now recorded 13 double-doubles this season.


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Men’s Rookie of the Week: Jacob Grandison (Holy Cross | Fr. | Oakland, Calif.): Grandison scored nine points in the victory over Army last week, including a pair of three-pointers in the final two minutes to bring Holy Cross back from a two-point deficit for the win. He tallied 13 points, nine rebounds and two assists at Bucknell and tied his career-high for rebounds in the same game, while coming up just one point short of his career high in scoring. For the week, he averaged 11.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists on the week, while hitting five of 11 three-pointers.


Men’s Honor Roll:

Samuel Durodola (Becker College | Sr. | Rosedale, N.Y.): Durodola posted another stellar week for the Hawks, averaging 24.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game over three games. The senior shot 57.7 percent from the floor and averaged 1.7 blocks and 1.0 steals on the defensive end. The highlight of his week came on Thursday at Newbury, when he went the distance playing 55 minutes and scoring 32 points as Becker prevailed in triple overtime.

Brandon Harris (Fitchburg State | Jr. | San Bernardino, Calif.): Harris averaged 16.5 points, 1.5 rebounds, three assists and 0.5 blocks per game in a 1-1 week for the Falcons. He posted 13 points, one rebound, one assist and one block in a 77-64 setback to MCLA on Thursday before adding a team-best 20 points, two rebounds and five assists in a 91-88 win over Worcester State on Saturday.

Marcos Echevarria (Nichols College | Jr. | Lynn, Mass.): Echevarria helped lead the Bison to a 2-0 week by averaging 24.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 2.0 steals per game. Echevarria scored 26 points to go with a pair of rebounds, two assists, and two steals in a 79-76 win at Eastern Nazarene. He wrapped up the week with 22 points, four rebounds, six assists, and two more steals in an 82-79 win over Roger Williams. For the week, he shot 41.4% (12-of-29) from the field, 52.6% (10-of-19) from beyond the arc, and 87.5% (14-of-16) from the charity stripe.

Shaun McCarthy (Worcester State | Soph. | Oxford, Mass.): McCarthy led all scoring Saturday (Jan. 20) with 32 points, going 12-for-16 (75%) from the field and 8-for-9 (88.9%) from the charity stripe. He also recorded five rebounds and four assists in the setback to Fitchburg State.