WACBA Men’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, January 14th, 2020)

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 sixth 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 averaged 28.3 points in three games last week for the Nichols College men’s basketball team. (PHOTO COURTESY: Nichols College Athletics)

Men’s Basketball Player of the Week: DeAnte Bruton (Nichols College | Sr. | New London, Conn.): Bruton averaged 28.3 points (49.2 field goal percentage) as the Bison were a perfect 3-0 in three consecutive conference matchups. Bruton began the week with a 27-point, seven-rebound, three-assist, three steal effort against Endicott to snap the Gulls’ six-game winning streak. Two nights later, he poured in 30 points in just 24 minutes of action in a win over Roger Williams. Bruton capped the week with a 28-point outing at the University of New England on Saturday. He also dished out seven assists and snared five rebounds against the Nor’easters as the Bison moved to 5-0 in conference play for the first time since the 2016-17 campaign.


Men’s Rookie of the Week: Keegan Sharp (Fitchburg State | Fr. |Townsend, Mass.): Sharp averaged 14.0 points and eight rebounds per game for the Falcons over three games last week. The first-year posted seven points, five rebounds and one assist in a 78-55 setback to Williams College on Monday before adding a double-double of 19 points and ten caroms as well as one steal and two blocks in an 83-80 loss to Regis College on Thursday. Sharp concluded the week with 16 points and nine rebounds in a 79-61 triumph against Salem State on Saturday.


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Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria College | Sr. | Charlton, Mass.): In his team’s lone contest of the week, the senior forward recorded his 14th straight double-double with 25 points and 18 rebounds as the AMCATs defeated Norwich University in an early January conference matchup. Rapoza netted 15 of his 25 points in the second half – he finished 11 of 13 from the field. 

Jordan White (Assumption College | RS-Jr. | Prince Frederick, Md.): White put up double figures in two games for the Hounds last week. He started the week with 16 points off the bench in a setback at Saint Anselm. He went 7-for-9 from the field and added six rebounds in his 16 minutes of play. White put up 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds at Saint Rose on Saturday. He came up with two steals and a block in the setback.

Mateus Ribeiro (Becker College | Jr. | Sao Paulo, Brazil): Ribeiro continued to lead the Hawks this past week, averaging 15.7 points per game on 47.4 percent shooting over three games. The junior also averaged 6.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.7 steals per contest. Facing the Bulldogs of Dean College on Saturday, Ribeiro nearly carried Becker to victory with 21 points and eight boards before the Hawks came up just short. As of press time, Ribeiro ranks fourth in the nation in total minutes.

Tyler Dion (Worcester State | Sr. | Barre, Mass.): Dion was impressive in a come-from-behind win for Worcester State over Becker last Monday evening. The senior scored 23 points with five three-pointers, while also grabbing three rebounds, one steal, and one assist.

Garrett Stephenson (WPI | Jr. | Townsend, MA): Garrett Stephenson shot an eye-popping 80% during a 1-1 week for the Engineers. The junior center collected 12 points in WPI’s 68-52 conference-opening win over MIT before pouring in 22 points in a 93-81 setback to Babson in a match-up of nationally-ranked teams. Stephenson connected on 16-of-20 shots from the field and added six assists and five rebounds in the two contests. 


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

D3 Basketball: Men’s Basketball Top 10 Poll (Monday, Jan. 13th, 2020)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

Middlebury College remained our TOP team in our seventh New England D-III Men’s Basketball Top 10 Poll after a 2-1 week for the Panthers, which saw the Blue and White beat Hamilton College and Plattsburgh State.

Yes, the Panthers did lose their conference opener to Amherst College, but they were able to turn around one day later and score a one-point win over Hamilton. Both Amherst and Hamilton remained on our weekly poll this week, checking in eighth and ninth, respectively.

Colby College stretched its winning streak to 13-straight, thanks to back-to-back conference wins last weekend over Connecticut College and Trinity College. The Mules visit Middlebury on Friday, January 17th in what should be a very exciting (and interesting) contest.

Babson College remained our third team, despite falling to fourth-ranked Springfield College in their conference opener. The Beavers rebounded with an impressive win on the road against WPI.

Finally, Brandeis University returned to the poll following a 76-71 win over New York University. The Judges, who have won four straight, will look to continue their recent momentum this weekend against both Rochester and Emory.


New England D-III Basketball Men’s Top 10 Week Six Poll| Monday, January 13th, 2020

1. Middlebury College 14-1, 1-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1
2. Colby College  13-0, 2-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2
3. Babson College 11-2, 1-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 3
4. Springfield College 11-2, 2-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 8
5. Albertus Magnus  11-1, 0-0 GNAC Last Week: No. 4
6. Tufts University 11-2, 1-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 6
7. WPI 10-3, 1-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 5
8. Amherst College 10-4, 1-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 7
9. Hamilton College 11-3, 1-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 9
10. Brandeis University 9-3, 1-0 UAA Last Week: Not Ranked

ON THE RISE: Endicott College, Nichols College, Rhode Island College, and Western Connecticut 


Previous Polls: Preseason Poll |Week One| Week Two | Week ThreeWeek Four| Week Five |Week Six

D3 Basketball: Men’s Basketball Top 10 Poll (Monday, Jan. 6th, 2020)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

Happy New Year!

It’s time to unveil our initial New England D-III men’s basketball Top 10 Poll for 2020, which finds Middlebury College in the top spot – the Panthers were our top team at the end of the first semester – followed by Colby College (second) and Babson College (third).

The Panthers commenced 2020 with back-to-back wins over Colby-Sawyer and eighth-ranked Springfield College. This week, the Blue and White will visit seventh-ranked Amherst College on Friday, January 10th followed by ninth-ranked Hamilton College on Saturday, January 11th.

Colby has won a pair of games this month, including a 108-62 win over Bowdoin College on Sunday. The Mules will look to continue their recent momentum later this week against Connecticut College and Trinity College.

Babson begins conference play on Wednesday, January 8th when they host Springfield before making the trek to Worcester on Saturday for another important league meeting with WPI.


New England D-III Basketball Men’s Top 10 Week Six Poll| Monday, January 6th, 2020

1. Middlebury College 12-0, 0-0 NESCAC Previously: No. 1
2. Colby College  11-0, 0-0 NESCAC Previously: No. 3
3. Babson College 10-1, 0-0 NEWMAC Previously: No. 2
4. Albertus Magnus  11-1, 0-0 GNAC Previously: No. 7
5. WPI  9-2, 0-0 NEWMAC Previously: No. 9
6. Tufts University 10-2, 0-0 NESCAC Previously: No. 10
7. Amherst College 9-2, 0-0 NESCAC Previously: No. 6
8. Springfield College 9-2, 0-0 NEWMAC Previously: No. 4
9. Hamilton College 9-2, 0-0 NESCAC Previously: No. 5 
10. Rhode Island College 10-2, 3-0 LEC Previously: Not Ranked

ON THE RISE: Brandeis University, Endicott College, and Nichols College


Previous Polls: Preseason Poll |Week One| Week Two | Week ThreeWeek Four| Week Five 

 

WACBA Women’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) Women’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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Isabella Nerney netted 51 points in two games last week, including 36 points in her team’s eight-point win over Clark University. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brian Foley)

Co-Women’s Player of the Week: Isabella Nerney (Nichols College | Jr. | Guilford, Conn.): Nerney scored 51 points last week, which helped the Bison go 2-0 while picking up their first Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) win of the season. Last Tuesday, Nerney dropped in 15 points and snared five rebounds in the 69-62 come-from-behind win over conference-rival Wentworth. On Saturday, the Guilford, Connecticut native had a historic game by pouring in 36 points (10-of-20 FG), including a program-record eight three-pointers to go along with eight rebounds in the Bison’s 70-62 win against Clark University. Nerney’s s eight triples broke the program-record, which was held by current head coach MaryLynn Skarzenski. The 36 points scored against the Cougars were the second-most recorded in a game in program history.


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Nichols College first-year Alexis Finnerty averaged 20 points in a pair of games last week for the Bison. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brian Foley)

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Alexis Finnerty (Nichols College | Fr. | Chester, Conn.): Finnerty averaged 20 points per game this past week, as the Bison went 2-0 with one of their wins being their first conference victory of the 2019-20 season. Finnerty scored 18 points (6-of-9 FG) and hauled in four rebounds in the 69-62 win against Leopards. She scored 16 of her 18 points in the second half alone to help propel the Bison to the win. On Saturday, the Chester, Connecticut native dropped her second 20-plus point game of the season, scoring 22 in the Bison’s 70-62 win over Clark University. She also added three boards and three assists. And once again, she was very productive in crunch time against the Cougars, scoring 18 of her 22 points in the second half.


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MaryLynn Skarzenski recorded her 100th career win on the sidelines last week when she guided Nichols College to a seven-point win over Wentworth Institute of Technology. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brian Foley)

Women’s Milestone of the Week: MaryLynn Skarzenski (Nichols College): Skarzenski recorded her 100th career win on the sidelines last Wednesday by leading her Alma mater to a 69-62 win over Wentworth Institute of Technology. A member of the Class of 2009, Skarzenski enjoyed a successful four-year career with the Bison by becoming the program’s all-time leader in games played (115), assists (641), and steals (409). She was named a four-time CCC first-teamer and two-time Defensive Player of the Year. Additionally, she was named the CCC Player of the Year and Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year at the conclusion of the 2008-09 season. Skarzenski, who is in her third season with the Bison, cut her teeth into the coaching world as an assistant with the University of New England women’s basketball program before becoming the head coach at Daniel Webster College and Mitchell College. 


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Amber Wilson (Anna Maria College | Jr. | New York, N.Y.): Wilson enjoyed another successful week with the Anna Maria College women’s basketball program, averaging 18.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 2.0 steals. She began the week by netting a team-high 23 points in a five-point setback to Gordon College (69-64) to go along with six rebounds (all defensive caroms), five blocks, three assists, and two steals. Three days later against Mitchell College, Wilson tallied 14, while tallying nine defensive rebounds, six assists, six blocks, and two steals. Through eight contests this season, the junior from New York, New York is averaging career-bests in points (19.4) and rebounds (7.9) per game.

Meghan Reen (Assumption College | Jr. | Norwood, Mass.): Reen averaged 12.0 points this past week along with 4.0 assists and shooting 50.0 percent from the floor and 66.7 percent from beyond the arc. Reen led the Hounds in their match-up against Bentley University this past week with 12.0 points while going 5-for-10 from the floor and 2-for-3 from the three.

Cassidy Harrison (Becker College | Sr. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison averaged 11.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game this past week, including leading the Hawks to their New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) win at Bay Path on Saturday.

Hannah Favaloro (Clark University | Jr. | Blackstone, Mass.): Hannah Favaloro led the Cougars this week against Brandeis and Nichols in points, scoring 20 points and 16 points, respectively. The Blackstone, Mass. native, ended the week with an average of 8.5 rebounds per game and 63 minutes on the court. Favaloro is now averaging 13.7 points per game and 11.1 rebounds per game for the season.

Madalyn Smith (Holy Cross | Sr. | Sussex, N.J.): The Crusaders’ senior captain recorded a pair of double-figure performances against Rhode Island last Wednesday and UMass on Sunday. Against URI, she shattered her previous career-high of 16 with a 25-point showing, including sinking seven 3-pointers, the second-most in single-game program history. She followed that up with a 12-point, six-assist day at UMass. Smith leads the team with 34 assists this season. 

Spencer Vinson (WPI | Sr. | Los Angeles, Calf.): Vinson registered a season-best and team-high 18 points and five rebounds in WPI’s 56-44 setback this past Saturday to Tufts University. The senior was 8-of-14 from the floor and added three blocks and an assist in 29 minutes of action. She scored six of her points in the first half, which closed with WPI trailing by three, 21-18.


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

 

D3 Basketball: Men’s Basketball Top 10 Poll (Monday, Dec. 9th, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

Babson College becomes our biggest mover this week, checking in second overall following a trio of impressive wins last week against Amherst College (No. 6), Salem State, and Tufts University (No. 10).

The Beavers, who captured this past weekend’s New England Big 4 Challenge, matched their program’s best start to a season with their ninth consecutive victory.

Babson is off until the end of the month when they face Eastern Connecticut in the Trinity Holiday Invitational.

Colby College also moved-up this week, checking-in third overall following their ninth-straight win this past weekend against Colby-Sawyer. The Mules are one of two undefeated teams in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) and will certainly be a team to watch once the calendar turns to 2020.

Finally, we welcomed Albertus Magnus to this week’s poll – the Falcons have won eight-straight contests after starting their current campaign with an opening day loss to the University of Lynchburg.

The Falcons visit St. Lawrence University on Saturday before enjoying a few weeks off for the holidays.


New England D-III Basketball Men’s Top 10 Week Five Poll| Monday, December 9th, 2019

1. Middlebury College 9-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1
2. Babson College 9-0, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 8
3. Colby College  9-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 5
4. Springfield College  7-0, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 7
5. Hamilton College  8-1, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2
6. Amherst College  4-2, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 6
7. Albertus Magnus  8-1, 0-0 GNAC Last Week: Not Ranked 
8. Nichols College 6-1, 1-0 CCC Last Week: No. 3
9. WPI 8-2, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 9
10. Tufts University 6-2, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 4

ON THE RISE: Brandeis University, Emmanuel College, Rhode Island College, and UMass Dartmouth


Previous Polls: Preseason Poll |Week One| Week Two | Week ThreeWeek Four