WACBA Men’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, Nov. 19th, 2019)

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Another season of college basketball in the Worcester area has officially begun, which means it is time to unveil our initial Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Honor Roll for the 2019-20 season.

Noontime Sports is proud to sponsor with WACBA for the seventh consecutive season to host the weekly honor roll, which will be seen every Tuesday throughout the current college basketball season. Each week, we will select a player and rookie of the week, as well as highlight various milestones, too.

Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more. 


DeAnte Bruton moved into fifth place on the all-time scoring list at Nichols College this past weekend. (PHOTO COURTESY: Nichols College Athletics)

MBB POW: DeAnte Bruton (Nichols College | Sr. | New London, Conn.): Bruton averaged 25.0 points, 5.5 assists, and 5.5 rebounds while being named the MVP of the Ted Coghlin Memorial Tournament this past weekend at WPI. Bruton netted 17 points in a win over Eastern Connecticut State on Friday, then poured in 33 points to go with seven assists, five boards, and three steals in 40 minutes of action in a win over New England College. In the process, Bruton moved into sole possession of fifth-place on the all-time scoring list at Nichols.


Isiah Gaiter has enjoyed a successful start to his collegiate career with Assumption College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Assumption College Athletics)

Men’s Basketball Rookie of the Week: Isiah Gaiter (Assumption College | Fr. | Meriden, Conn.): Gaiter is the Greyhounds’ fourth top scorer after four games this season, averaging 9.5 points per contest. He has recorded 14 rebounds in four games, too, to go along with 13 assists and a team-high seven steals. He is averaging 15.4 points per 40 minutes and is shooting 50 percent (13-26) from the field and 83.3 percent (10-12) from the free-throw line.

Men’s Basketball Milestone: Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria College | Sr. | Charlton, MA): Rapoza has enjoyed a successful start to his final season with the AMCATs by recording four consecutive double-doubles, including 22 points and 19 rebounds earlier this month against Salem State University. His impressive effort against the Vikings helped him reach 1,000-points and 1,000 rebounds.

Men’s Basketball Milestone: Tyler Dion (Worcester State | Sr. | Barre, Mass.): Dion got off to a quality start to his senior season, averaging 15.3 points per game in the year’s first four contests. Dion’s strongest outing of the week came in the consolation game of the Williams College Tip-Off Tournament when he scored 24 points while reaching the 1,000-point plateau. Dion netted 594 points as a member of the Nichols College men’s basketball program before transferring to Worcester State prior to his junior season.

Matthew Kelly (Assumption College | Jr. | North Potomac, Md.): Kelly has scored 82 points in four contests this season while leading the Greyhounds in points per game (20.5). He has contributed 18 assists and has pulled down 16 rebounds. He is currently shooting 45.2 percent (14-31) from behind the arc and 72.7 percent (8-11) from the free-throw line.

Mateus Ribeiro (Becker College | Jr. | Sao Paulo, Brazil): Ribeiro had a strong open to his 2019-2020 season, averaging 16.0 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game over four games. The third-year player shot 49.1 percent from the floor over that stretch, leading the Hawks to a 2-2 record. Ribeiro was named to the All-Tournament team of the Buffalo Wild Wings Classic hosted by Stevenson University for his play this past weekend.

Tyler Davern (Clark University | Jr. | Webster, Mass.): In four contests this season, Davern has averaged 22.5 points and 9.8 rebounds. He recently netted a career-high 36 points to go along with 13 rebounds last Friday in his team’s 80-70 win over the University of Maine at Presque Isle before posting a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds in a 75-65 setback to Wesleyan University.

Nicholas Tracy (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Indianapolis, Ind.): Tracy averaged 22.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists, two steals and one block per game in a 3-0 start for the Falcons. Tracy netted 29 points, eight rebounds, one assist, two steals and a block in an 83-74 season-opening victory against Lasell College. He then added 24 points, seven boards, two assists, two steals, and two blocks in a 90-79 triumph over Clark University on Wednesday before notching 14 points, eight rebounds, one assist and two steals in an 81-80 victory over Dean College on Saturday.

Garrett Stephenson (WPI | Jr. | Townsend, Mass.): Stephenson has been the Crimson and Gray’s leading scorer through three contests with 42 points on 18 of 29 shooting (6 of 10 from the charity stripe). He also leads the team with 27 rebounds. Stephenson’s best outing of the season came this past weekend when netted a season-high 20 points on 10 of 12 shooting while adding eight rebounds (two offensive caroms) and two assists in an 88-63 win over Eastern Nazarene.



WACBA Reveals 2018-19 All-Star Selections


By WACBA Hoops | @WACBAHoops 

WORCESTER, Mass. – Nichols College senior Marcos Echevarria and Holy Cross junior Lauren Manis have repeated as the Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Players of the Year, as revealed on Wednesday in Jen Toland’s weekly college column.

The announcement also features the annual All-Stars, Rookies of the Year and Coaches of the Year as voted upon by sports information directors or primary contacts from each of the nine NCAA schools in Worcester County, including Division I Holy Cross and Division II Assumption College, as well as members of the local media.

Echevarria claimed the hardware for the third consecutive year while it was also a threepeat for the Bison with first-year head coach Scott Faucher earning Coach of the Year accolades. Assumption’s Cal Connelly, meanwhile, became the second Greyhound in as many years to secure Rookie of the Year honors. For the women, Manis narrowly missed out on a perfect ballot while fellow Crusader Avery LaBarbera was named as the Rookie of the Year, and Worcester State’s Karen Tessmer was selected as the Coach of the Year.

Nichols’ DeAnte Bruton and Matt Morrow joined Echevarria on the first team, as did Anna Maria’s Mike Rapoza, Becker’s Kareem Davis, and Holy Cross’ Jehyve Floyd. The second team was comprised of Fitchburg State’s Nicholas Tracy, Worcester State’s Tyler Dion, Assumption’s Matthew Kelley, Clark’s Tyler Davern, and WPI’s Jake Wisniewski and Reid Walker.

Manis and LaBarbera along with Worcester State’s Brittany Herring, Assumption’s Morgan O’Donnell, Fitchburg State’s Angelina Marazzi, and Becker’s Adrianna Dowdy were named to the first team. Clark’s Ogechi Ezemma, Anna Maria’s Amber Wilson, Becker’s Cassidy Harrison, Fitchburg State’s Catherine Coppinger, as well as, Worcester State’s Catherine Sweeney and Kaitlyn Berkel landed on the second team.

This year’s Paul N. Johnson and Pat Oroszko Courage Award recipients will be announced at a later date.

WACBA (Worcester Area College Basketball Association) is an organization billed as “one of its kind in the country” featuring nine colleges, 18 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 County Area.

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Player of the Year: Marcos Echevarria (Lynn, Mass.), Nichols (third consecutive)
Rookie of the Year: Cal Connelly (Rochester, N.H.), Assumption (back-to-back for Greyhounds)
Coach of the Year: Scott Faucher, Nichols (third consecutive for a Bison head coach)

First Team
Nichols College Marcos Echevarria*# Lynn, Mass. Sr.
Nichols College DeAnte Bruton*# New London, Conn. Jr.
Anna Maria Mike Rapoza*# Charlton, Mass Jr.
Becker College Kareem Davis^# Lowell, Mass. Sr.
Holy Cross Jehyve Floyd# Sayreville, N.J. Sr.
Nichols College Matt Morrow Leicester, Mass. So.
Second Team
Fitchburg State Nicholas Tracy Indianapolis, Ind. Jr.
Worcester State Tyler Dion Barre, Mass. Jr.
WPI Jake Wisniewski West Brookfield, Mass. Jr.
WPI Reid Walker Lithia, Fla. So.
Assumption College Matthew Kelly& No. Potomac, Md. So.
Clark University Tyler Davern Webster, Mass. So.


Player of the Year: Lauren Manis (Franklin, Mass.), Holy Cross (back-to-back)
Rookie of the Year:
 Avery LaBarbera, Holy Cross
Coach of the Year: 
Karen Tessmer, Worcester State

First Team
Holy Cross Lauren Manis*# Franklin, Mass. Jr.
Worcester State Brittany Herring*# West Brookfield, Mass. Sr.
Assumption College Morgan O’Donnell# Easton, Mass. Sr.
Fitchburg State Angelina Marazzi& Manchester, N.H. Jr.
Holy Cross Avery LaBarbera Harrison, N.Y. Fr.
Becker College Adrianna Dowdy& East Haven, Conn. Sr.
Second Team
Clark University Ogechi Ezemma*& Hope Valley, R.I. Sr.
Anna Maria Amber Wilson New York, N.Y. So.
Becker College Cassidy Harrison*# Foxborough, Mass. Jr.
Worcester State Catherine Sweeney& Lowell, Mass. Jr.
Worcester State Kaitlyn Berkel Waterford, Conn. Sr.
Fitchburg State Catherine Coppinger Boston, Mass. Jr.

* 2017 First Team
^ 2017 Second Team
# 2018 First Team
& 2018 Second Team

WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week 14 (Feb. 19th)


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.


Becker College’s Kareem Davis capped an impressive four-year career last week by averaging 35 points in two games last week. (PHOTO COURTESY: Becker College Athletics)

Men’s Basketball Player of the Week: Kareem Davis (Becker College | Sr. | Lowell, Mass.): With the season hanging in the balance, Davis produced his most dominant week of the season, as he averaged 35 points per game with 6.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 2.5 steals and led the Hawks to back-to-back victories. The senior team captain shot 45.7 percent from the floor, 40 percent from behind the arc, and 85.7 percent from the line. In Wednesday’s 85-79 home win over Elms College, Davis set a school record for free throws, going 19 of 22 from the line on his way to 32 points with five assists and four steals as he rallied Becker to victory. Then on Saturday at Newbury College, Becker’s all-time leader in scoring poured in 38 points in a 115-92 route.

Men’s Basketball Rookie of the Week: Jordan Rose-Wheatley (Becker College | Fr.| Bedford, Mass.): Rose-Wheatley posted double-digit performances this past week, scoring 10 points in Becker’s win over Elms College and 11 in their victory at Newbury College on Saturday. For the week, the rookie shot 83.3 percent from the floor with 10.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocks per game.

Tyler Davern (Clark University | Soph. | Webster, Mass.): Davern finished the week with 40 points and 13 rebounds. He fell short of a double-double by producing 12 points and nine points in his team’s final road contest of the season against MIT before registering 28 points and four rebounds last Saturday in a 78-75 loss to Wheaton College.

Frantz Francois (Worcester State | Jr. | Boston, Mass.):  Francois averaged 10.5 points and 12.5 rebounds in a 0-2 week for the Lancers. Against Bridgewater State, the Boston native recorded a double-double of 12 rebounds and 11 points, while tallying a trio of assists and swipes in 36 minutes. Three days later against Westfield State, Francois recorded his second double-double for the week with 13 rebounds and 10 points, while also contributing three assists and one block.

Caleb Green (Holy Cross | Soph. | Londonderry, N.H.): Green averaged 16.5 points and 3.5 assists in a pair of games last week, while connecting on 59.1 percent of his field goal attempts and 50.0 percent of his three-pointers. He led the team with 19 points on eight-of-nine shooting from the field against Colgate University before adding 14 points and five assists during the Crusaders’ win over Bucknell University.

Devan Harris (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Danvers, Mass.): Harris averaged 17 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per contest in two games for the Falcons. He posted a double-double of 18 points and ten boards with one assist and two steals in an 82-77 setback to Westfield State on Wednesday before adding 16 points, seven rebounds and one steal in an 80-68 triumph over Bridgewater State on Saturday.

Colin McNamara (WPI | So. | Arlington, Mass.): Bolstered by a career-high 27 points Saturday against No. 8 MIT, McNamara averaged 17 points to go with six assists and a steal last week. In the mid-week game at Emerson College, the sophomore notched seven points and five assists.

Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria College | Jr. | Charlton, Mass.): Rapoza averaged 22 points and 11.5 rebounds in a pair of games last week for the AMCATs. The junior forward began the week with 15 points on 6 of 17 shooting, including three of four from the stripe, while adding 10 rebounds against Emmanuel College before posting 29 points and 13 rebounds in an 89-75 setback to Lasell College.

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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.

Logan O-Donnell 2

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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WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week 11 (Jan. 29th)


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.

Springfield College and Becker College

Becker College senior Kareem Davis turned in a trio of impressive performances last week for the Hawks. (PHOTO COURTESY: Becker College Athletics)

Men’s Basketball Co-Player of the Week: Kareem Davis (Becker College| Sr.| Lowell, Mass.): Davis continued to demonstrate why he was one of the most dynamic players in the region this past week, as he averaged 35.5 points per game in two games. The senior captain shot 60 percent from the floor, 57.1 percent from behind the arc and 86.7 percent from the free throw line. During last Tuesday’s 107-85 victory at Lesley University, Davis poured in a career-high 40 points with three steals. Facing Eastern Nazarene on Thursday, Davis became Becker’s all-time leading scorer with his 31-point outburst, passing Samuel Durodola, who concluded his career with the Blue and White last winter with 1,699 points.


Matt Morrow averaged a double-double in a pair of conference games last week for Nichols College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Nichols College Athletics)

Men’s Co-Player of the Week: Matt Morrow (Nichols College | So. | Leicester, Mass.): Morrow shot 68 percent from the field last week while averaging a double-double with 19.0 points and 13.5 rebounds as the Bison went 2-0 and remained atop their conference standings. Morrow collected 10 points, 14 rebounds, two assists, and two steals in a road win at Endicott College last Tuesday before filling the stat sheet with 28 points, 13 rebounds, and two assists in a win at Salve Regina on Saturday.


In a pair of games last week, Cal Connelly averaged 12.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Cal Connelly (Assumption College | Fr. | Rochester, N.H.): Connelly came through for Assumption in a 1-1 week, averaging 12.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game while shooting 50 percent from the floor. The forward posted 16 points, five rebounds, one steal and one block in an 11-point win over American International College, before concluding the week with eight points, three rebounds and three assists in a loss to Saint Rose.

Chris Cardoso (Worcester State | So. | Jamaica Plain, Mass.): Cardoso averaged 16 points and 6.6 rebounds in a trio of games last week as the Lancers went 1-2 with their lone win coming against Westfield State last Thursday. The sophomore guard tallied 11 points or more in all three games with his biggest output coming against the Owls with 24 points on 8 of 14 shooting while finishing the game with seven rebounds, one assist, and one steal. For the week, Cardoso recorded 48 points, 20 rebounds, nine assists, and five steals.

Tyler Davern (Clark University | So. | Webster, Mass.): In a pair of games last week against MIT and Springfield, the sophomore forward averaged 13.5 points and 7.5 rebounds. Against MIT, Davern tallied nine points and six rebounds before netting 18 points on 8 of 14 shooting in a 61-53 setback to Springfield. Davern concluded his team’s game against the Pride one rebound short of a double-double as he collected nine caroms while tallying one steal and one block.

Andre Ruff (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Chicago, Ill.): Ruff averaged 15.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, three assists and three steals per contest over three games for the Falcons. He posted 20 points, three rebounds, one assist and two steals in a 79-77 win over Westfield State on Tuesday before adding 16 points, two boards, six assists and five steals in a 95-90 setback to Bridgewater State on Thursday. The junior concluded the week with nine points, five caroms, two assists and two steals in a 68-67 loss to Framingham State on Saturday.

Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria College | Jr. | Charlton, Mass.): In just one contest last week, the Charlton native poured in a team-high 20 points on 10 of 14 shooting, while also recording a game-high 15 rebounds, including six offensive caroms.

Austin Butler (Holy Cross | So. | Latrobe, Pa.): Butler averaged 16.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game on the week. After posting 11 points and six rebounds at Army, the sophomore totaled 22 points, three rebounds and three steals in the victory over Navy. He scored 17 of his points against the Midshipmen in the second half and received the Martin J. O’Malley Award as the MVP of Holy Cross’ Winter Homecoming game.

Matthew Kelly (Assumption College | Soph. | North Potomac, Md.): In a 1-1 week for the Hounds, Kelly averaged 21.0 points with 3.5 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game while shooting 57.7 percent from the floor and making 9 of 14 three-point attempts. The sophomore had 16 points and four rebounds in an 11-point win over American International College before tallying 26 points, seven assists and four steals in a tight seven-point loss to Saint Rose.

Ethan Harrell (WPI | So. | Wexford, Pa.): Harrell averaged 19 points and seven rebounds while totaling three assists, three blocks and a steal in the Engineers’ 2-0 week. After exploding for a career-high 26 points on 10-15 shooting, including 4-6 from beyond the arc, against Springfield College, the sophomore posted 12 points and a career-best nine rebounds at Wheaton College last Saturday.

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