WACBA Men’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, Dec. 10th, 2019)

 

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation & @WACBAHoops 

Another week of college basketball in the Worcester area is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our fourth 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. 

PROGRAM NOTE: This will be our final WACBA Honor Roll report until Tuesday, January 7th, 2020! 


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Becker College’s Mateus Ribeiro averaged 19.0 points, 12.0 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in a pair of games for the Hawks last week. (PHOTO COURTESY: Becker College Athletics)

Men’s Player of the Week: Mateus Ribeiro (Becker College | Jr. | Sao Paulo, Brazil): Ribeiro continued his outstanding play this past week, leading the Hawks to back-to-back wins over Clark University and Anna Maria College. The junior averaged 19.0 points, 12.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game, all while shooting 60 percent from the floor. Facing the Cougars this past Tuesday, Ribeiro scored 22 points with 15 rebounds – both career-highs – in a 69-54 victory. Then, against the AMCATs on Thursday, the junior scored 16 points with nine boards and five assists to spark a 66-56 win. Ribeiro played every minute of both contests, averaging 40 minutes per game for the week. Ribeiro was named New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Player of the Week and Becker Athlete of the Week for the week ending December 8, 2019. At press time, Ribeiro was ranked seventh in the nation in double-doubles with five and fifth in the nation in total minutes.


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Joe Pridgen averaged 18.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per game on the week while hitting 53.6 percent of his field-goal attempts last week for Holy Cross. (PHOTO COURTESY: Holy Cross Athletics)

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Joe Pridgen (Holy Cross | Fr. | Winchendon, Mass.): Pridgen led the Crusaders in scoring in both games this past week. He netted career-highs of 21 points and nine rebounds in his team’s win over Mercer before adding 16 points and matching his career-best with nine boards at San Diego. Pridgen averaged 18.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per game on the week while hitting 53.6 percent of his field-goal attempts.


Men’s WACBA Honor Roll | Tuesday, December 10th, 2019

Matthew Kelly (Assumption College | Jr. | North Potomac, Md.): Kelly led the Hounds in their lone game of the week by tallying 27 points to go along with four rebounds and a game-leading six assists against Bentley University. He also picked up three steals while concluding the contest shooting 57.9% (11-19) from the field and 45.5% (5-11) from behind the arc.

Biko Gayman (Clark University | Jr. | Fort Pierce, Fla.): Gayman was an integral part of the Cougars’ offense this past week. In a victory over Framingham State, the junior netted a season-high 28 points, moving his average for the week to 21.5 points and his points per game shooting percentage to 80%. Prior to his team’s meeting against Framingham State, Gayman was able to produce a team-high 15 points against Becker College.

Nicholas Tracy (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Indianapolis, Ind.): Tracy averaged 12 points, 6.5 rebounds, one assist, 2.5 steals and 0.5 blocks per game over two contests for the Green and Gold. He collected eight points, six rebounds, one assist, four steals and one block in a 91-82 setback to Gordon College on Thursday before adding 16 points, seven caroms, one assist and one steal in an 80-75 loss to MIT on Saturday.

Garrett Stephenson (WPI | Jr. | Townsend, MA): Stephenson averaged 13 points and 6.5 rebounds during a 1-1 week for the Engineers. The junior paced the WPI with a game-best 21 points on 8-of-11 from the floor to go along with six rebounds and two assists in a 72-62 victory over previously undefeated Tufts last Tuesday. 


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

 

WACBA Men’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, November 26th, 2019)

 

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation & @WACBAHoops 

Another week of college basketball in the Worcester area is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our second 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. 


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Nick Tracy was a player to watch this past week with the Falcons of Fitchburg State. (PHOTO COURTESY: Kenzie Ullrich)

Men’s Player of the Week: Nicholas Tracy (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Indianapolis, Ind.): Tracy averaged 22 points, 8.7 rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block per contest in three games for the Falcons. He posted 24 points, seven rebounds, two assists and one steal in a 94-81 setback to Rhode Island College last Tuesday before adding 24 points, 13 boards, three assists, three steals and two blocks in a 93-87 triumph against Thomas College on Friday. Tracy concluded the week with 18 points, six rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block in an 84-62 loss to Amherst College on Saturday.


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Xavier Betancourt averaged nine points, 6.5 rebounds, two assists, one steal and 1.5 blocks per game last week for the Falcons of Fitchburg State. (PHOTO COURTESY: Kenzie Ullrich)

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Xavier Betancourt (Fitchburg State | Fr. | Tampa, Fla.): Betancourt averaged nine points, 6.5 rebounds, two assists, one steal and 1.5 blocks per game over two contests for the Falcons. Netted nine points, seven caroms and one block in a 94-81 setback to Rhode Island College on Tuesday before adding nine points, six boards, four assists, two steals, and two blocks in a 93-87 triumph over Thomas College on Friday.


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Malik Brown (Assumption College |RS-Jr.| Waldorf, Md.): Brown led the Greyhounds to an 87-86 conference victory over Southern New Hampshire University this past Saturday afternoon. He put up 20 points in the victory, going 8-for-14 from the field and 1-for-3 from three-point range. He added seven rebounds, two assists, and a steal in 32 minutes of play.

Mateus Ribeiro (Becker College | Jr.| Sao Paulo, Brazil): Ribeiro continues to lead the Hawks, averaging 14.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per game with 2.3 assists and 1.0 steals. The third-year player shot 51.4 percent from the floor and 44.4 percent from behind the arc. In Becker’s 71-70 win at MCLA last Saturday, Ribeiro posted 15 points and 11 rebounds on the day. It was Ribeiro’s fourth double-double through just seven games this season.

Joel Arteaga (Clark University | Soph. | Wyncote, Pa.): In a 2-0 week for the Cougars, the second-year guard averaged 17.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.5 steals. In a two-point win over Regis College, Arteaga posted 12 points on three of nine shooting, including six of eight from the charity stripe while tallying seven rebounds (two offensive boards), six assists, and two steals. Against Connecticut College, Arteaga exploded for a season-high 23 points on 7 of 14 shooting, including 7 of 13 from beyond the arc. He sank a pair of freebies while adding six boards, one assist, and one steal.

Tyler Dion (Worcester State | Sr. | Barre, Mass.): Tyler Dion was a player to watch last week, averaging 16 points, 1.5 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in a 1-1 week for the Lancers. Against Dean College, Dion scored 21 points with five three-pointers, before scoring 11 points with three trifectas in a loss to nationally ranked Nichols  College this past Saturday. 

Garrett Stephenson (WPI | Jr. | Townsend, MA): Stephenson averaged 16 points per game while shooting 60.3% from the floor during WPI’s perfect 3-0 week.  The center was named MVP of the Paula Titus Memorial Invitational at UMass Boston after scoring a career-high 28 points in an opening-round victory over Eastern Nazarene and 18 points to along with a team-high eight rebounds in a championship victory over the host Beacons.  On the season, Stephenson is averaging 15.0 points and 6.7 rebounds while shooting 61.3% for the 16th-ranked Crimson and Gray.


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

 

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

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation & @WACBAHoops 

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. 


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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.


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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

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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.

Follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter | Regular Season Stats and Standings

 MEN‘S ALL-STARS

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.

 WOMEN‘S ALL-STARS

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 15 (Feb. 26th)

 WACBABy WACBA Hoops | @WACBAHoops 

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.

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Echevarria averaged 26.0 points in back-to-back Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Tournament games last week. (PHOTO COURTESY: Nichols College Athletics)

WACBA Men’s Co-Player of the Week: Marcos Echevarria (Nichols College | Sr. | Lynn, Mass.): Echevarria averaged 26.0 points in back-to-back Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Tournament games as the Bison became the fourth team in conference history to capture its third-straight league title. The Lynn, Massachusetts native scored 21 points on 8 of 11 shooting in a come-from-behind win over Western New England last Thursday in the semifinals before stuffing the stat sheet with 31 points, nine assists, and five rebounds in a 105-90 championship win over Gordon College last Saturday at the Hart Center. Echevarria drained seven trifectas to become the all-time leading scorers in the CCC with 2,240 points.

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WACBA Men’s Co-Player of the Week: Jehyve Floyd (Holy Cross | Sr. | Sayreville, N.J.): Floyd averaged 17.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 4.5 blocked shots last week while hitting 88.2 percent of his field goal attempts (15 of 17). He posted 18 points, 12 rebounds, and five blocked shots against Boston University before tallying 17 points, eight rebounds, four assists, four blocks, and two steals in the 73-71 win at Lehigh University. Against Lehigh, Floyd converted a three-point play with 41.9 seconds left to give the Crusaders the lead for good.

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Jaekwon Spencer posted career-highs in both points (15) and rebounds (10) in a come-from-behind win over Western New England last Thursday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Nichols College Athletics)

WACBA Men’s Rookie of the Week: Jaekwon Spencer (Nichols College | Fr. | Bristol, Conn.): Against the Golden Bears, Spencer came off the bench and posted career-highs in both points (15) and rebounds (10) to help the Bison rally from a 19-point deficit to advance to the conference championship. The Bristol, Connecticut native was a perfect 5-of-5 from the charity stripe, while also recording a blocked shot. He played seven minutes against the Fighting Scots in the CCC Championship and picked up three points, two rebounds, two steals, and one assist in seven minutes.

Colin McNamara (WPI | Soph. | Arlington, Mass.): McNamara led the Engineers in scoring last week while sinking the game-winning bucket with no time left to edge MIT, 55-53, in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) semifinals last Thursday. The sophomore shared game-high honors with 20 points at Babson before doing the same with 13 at MIT. McNamara finished the week with 16 points in a NEWMAC championship setback to Emerson College last Saturday.

Nicholas Tracy (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Indianapolis, Ind.): Averaged 12 points, 4.5 rebounds, four assists and 1.5 steals per contest in two games for the Falcons. He posted 11 points, seven boards, six assists and one steal in a 67-55 victory over Worcester State on Tuesday before adding 13 points, two caroms, two assists and one steal in a 78-72 setback to Westfield State on Thursday.


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