WACBA HONOR ROLL: Men’s Basketball Week Four (Tuesday, Dec. 12th)

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

WORCESTER  With the fourth week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil the initial Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Basketball Honor Roll for the 2017-18 season, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


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Player of the Week:
 
Marcos Echevarria (Nichols | Jr. | Lynn, Mass.): Echevarria helped the Bison win three-straight games last week, while averaging 26.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 5.7 assists, and 1.0 steals per game. He scored 25 points, including 7-of-14 three-pointers, to go with five rebounds and five assists and a block in a 91-79 win at Roger Williams. He followed that up with 28 points, with 6-of-10 triples, four rebounds and five assists in a 90-77 win over Becker. He wrapped up the week with 25 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals in a 106-76 win at Anna Maria. For the week, Echevarria shot 46.7% (25-of-55) from the field, 50% (18-of-36) from beyond the arc, and 84.6% (11-of-13) from the free throw line.


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Rookie of the Week
: Biko Gayman (Clark University | Fr. | Port Pierce, Fla.): Clark rookie, Biko Gayman has an impressive week for the Cougars boasting 23.5 points, 5.0 assists and 4.5 steals per game as they split their two games on the week. In a tough set back to Fitchburg State the Port Pierce native scored 11 points to go with his four assists and two steals before lifting Clark to victory over Newbury with 36 points, seven steals and six assists adding six boards.


Honorable Mentions

Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria | Soph. | Charlton, Mass): Rapoza recorded his fifth double-double of the season on Saturday against Nichols, while tallying 10 points against Amherst College and 17 against Nichols College.

Samuel Durodola (Becker College | Sr. | Rosedale, N.Y.): Durodola stepped up this week for the Hawks of Becker College, averaging 21.7 points, 9.3 rebounds 2.7 assists and one block per game. After standout performances against Worcester State and regional powerhouse Nichols, Durodola had a monster performance against Gordon on Saturday, scoring 23 points with 13 rebounds as the Hawks outlasted the Scots in overtime, 79-75. For the season, the junior ranks top six in the NECC in scoring, rebounding and blocks.

Jonathan Perez (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Lowell, Mass.): Perez averaged 17.7 points, six rebounds, 0.3 assists and one steal per contest over three games for the Falcons. He notched a game-best 28 points, eight boards, one assist and one steal in a 90-70 triumph over Clark on Tuesday before adding ten points, five caroms and two steals in a setback to Williams on Thursday. Perez concluded the week with 15 points and five boards in an 85-63 loss to MIT on Saturday.

Will Watkins Jr. (Worcester State | Soph. | Southbridge, Mass.): Will Watkins Jr. averaged 16 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and a block in an 0-3 week for Worcester State. He was one rebound short of a double-double in the setback to Becker as he posted 20 points, shooting 53.3% from the field and 44.4% from 3-point range, collected nine boards and two blocks. In the loss to Mount Ida he recorded 16 points and seven rebounds, and put up 12 points with six rebounds and two assists in the loss to Salve Regina. Overall this week, he shot 45.2% from the field.

Chris Rodgers (WPI | Sr. | Franklin, Mass.): Rodgers averaged 20.5 points, on 17 of 29 shooting (58.6%) and five rebounds per game in a 1-1 week for the Engineers. He began with 10 points on 4-of-4 shooting in 15 minutes as the Engineers avenged their opening weekend loss in the Coghlin tournament final, and handed No. 20 Eastern Connecticut its first loss, with a 75-70 victory in Willimantic. The local product then pumped in a career and game-high 31 points to go with eight rebounds, five assists and a steal in an OT setback to Salem State.

D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Men’s Basketball Top 10 (Monday, Dec. 11th)

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By NoontimeSports.com

With another week of New England Division III men’s basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Top 10 Poll for Monday, December 11th.

This week’s poll – similar to the past three polls this season – is produced by the Noontime Sports College Basketball committee, which is made-up of athletic communication directors, coaches and media members here in New England. 

Men’s Basketball Top 10 | Monday, December 11th, 2017 

1. Middlebury College

6-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 1

2. Wesleyan University 

8-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 2 

3. Williams College 

8-1, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 4

4. MIT 

9-1, 0-0 NEWMAC

Last Week: No. 5

5. Nichols College 

8-1, 3-0 CCC

Last Week: No. 7

6. Hamilton College 

8-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 6

7. Eastern Connecticut 

8-1, 2-0 LEC

Last Week: No. 3

8. Keene State 

7-2, 2-0 LEC

Last Week: NR

9. Amherst College 

6-1, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 9 

10. Salem State 

7-2, 0-0 MASCAC

Last Week: NR

ON THE RISE: Albertus Magnus (5-2, 2-0 GNAC), Babson College (5-4, 0-0 NEWMAC), Bowdoin College (8-2, 0-0 NESCAC), Endicott College (5-2, 2-1 CCC), Husson University (6-1, 4-0 NAC), Southern Vermont (6-1, 0-0 NECC), Springfield College (4-2, 0-0 NEWMAC), Trinity College (6-2, 0-0 NESCAC), Tufts University (6-3, 0-0 NESCAC) and WPI (5-4, 0-0 NEWMAC).

D3 Hoops Notebook: NEWMAC Squads Highlight First Few Weeks Of Play

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

We’re just a few weeks into a brand new season of New England Division III basketball – maybe I shouldn’t say a ‘new season’ since a few weeks of hoops have already been recorded!

While we are starting to see certain teams emerge from the pack, we are also seeing some of the usual squads like Babson and WPI begin to pick-up momentum at the right time.

Last night – Thursday, December 7th, to be exact – the Beavers and Engineers scored impressive regional wins by knocking off Amherst and Eastern Connecticut State.

Both Amherst and Eastern Connecticut State are Top 25 teams, per the latest D3Hoops.com Men’s Basketball Poll.

For Babson, it was clutch free throw shooting down the stretch – the Beavers concluded the game eight of nine as a team from the stripe, while Amherst finished four of six. Babson’s Shyheim Ulrickson connected on all three freebies, while Nick Comenale was a perfect two-for-two. 

WPI had five players net double-figures in their 75-70 win over Eastern Connecticut, including Kahleb Downing, who added 15 points off the bench. Downing concluded the game four-of-seven from beyond the arc, while also recording seven assists, six boards and one block.

The win was WPI’s fifth of the season, while the loss halted Eastern Connecticut’s seven-game winning streak.

WPI is back in action tomorrow – that would be Saturday, December 9th, to be exact – when they host Salem State at 2 p.m. The Vikings are coming off their initial New England Big 4 Challenge win this past weekend, which included wins over Babson and Tufts.

In addition to solid wins by Babson and WPI, the NEWMAC saw a few other teams pick-up some impressive non-conference victories last night as Wheaton defeated Lasell, 65-60, while MIT topped Rhode Island College, 76-63, thanks to a career-high 32 points from Cameron Korb, who connected on 10 of 16 shots, including 8 of 13 from beyond the arc. 

As of today, MIT and Wheaton sit atop the NEWMAC with eight wins, respectively, while Babson, Coast Guard, Emerson and WPI have captured five games apiece.

News and Notes from New EnglandAs mentioned above, the Salem State men’s basketball team captured its first-ever New England Big 4 Challenge this past weekend when they defeated Babson and Tufts. I had a chance to PA Announce the game last weekend and wrote a few words about the Vikings’ win for D3Hoops.com.

The Middlebury women’s basketball team is off to a great start – they captured their eighth-straight contest last night by defeating Sage, 56-50. Middlebury’s Maya Davis led all scorers with 18 points. The Panthers take on Skidmore this evening at 8 p.m

As of this morning, Middlebury is one of five NESCAC women’s basketball teams that have yet to drop a single contest this season. Amherst, Bowdoin, Hamilton and Tufts remain undefeated as well, while Connecticut College and Williams have won six games, respectively.

Since falling to Wesleyan a few weeks ago, the Nichols men’s basketball team has won five-straight, including a 91-79 victory earlier this week against Roger Williams. The win against the Hawks was the team’s third-straight conference victory of the season. The two teams will meet again in January.

Games to Watch this WeekendAs always, Friday and Saturday will be busy days here in New England, so make sure to stay connected with both myself (@MattNoonan11) and (@NoontimeSports) on Twitter for scores and updates. Here are a few games I’ll be watching this weekend:

  • Men’s Basketball: No. 2 Middlebury at No. 16 Skidmore | Friday, Dec. 8th at 6 p.m.
  • Women’s Basketball: Middlebury at Skidmore | Friday, Dec. 8th at 8 p.m.
  • Men’s Basketball: Brandeis at No. 18 Wesleyan | Saturday, Dec. 9th at 1 p.m.
  • Women’s Basketball: Springfield at Worcester State | Saturday, Dec. 9th at 1 p.m.
  • Women’s Basketball: West Conn. at UMass Dartmouth | Saturday, Dec. 9th at 1 p.m.
  • Men’s Basketball: Springfield at No. 2 Williams | Saturday, Dec. 9th at 2 p.m.
  • Men’s Basketball: Salem State at WPI | Saturday, Dec. 9th at 2 p.m.
  • Women’s Basketball: UNE at Tufts | Saturday, Dec. 9th at 2 p.m.
  • Men’s Basketball: Western Conn. at UMass Dartmouth | Saturday, Dec. 9th at 3 p.m.
  • Women’s Basketball: Conn. College at Roger Williams | Sunday, Dec. 10th at 2 p.m.

WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week Three (Tuesday, Dec. 5th)

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

WORCESTER  With the third week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil the initial Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Basketball Honor Roll for the 2017-18 season, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


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Men’s Player of the Week: Will Watkins Jr. (Worcester State | Soph. | Southbridge, Mass.): Will Watkins Jr. poured in 37 points, seemingly unable to miss from 3-point land where he finished 10-of-14 from behind the arc and 13-of-18 from the field in the Lancers’ first win of the season over Norwich on Sunday. Watkins Jr. broke a Worcester State single-game record with the 10 three-pointers in contest. For the week, Watkins averaged 21 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists and one steal per game. He posted 11 points with three rebounds, two assists, and two steals in the setback to No. 20 Skidmore. Watkins then put up 13 points and 16 rebounds in the fallback to Lasell. He was named to the Ed Hockenbury Classic All-Tournament team this weekend where he put up 23 points against Wheaton in the opening round of the tournament before netting 37 points against Norwich.


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Men’s Rookie of the Week: Chris Cardoso (Worcester State | Fr. |Jamaica Plain, Mass.): The freshman guard averaged 12.5 points, 5.5 assists, 2.3 rebounds, and one steal in a 1-3 week for the Blue and Gold. Cardoso scored double-digits in 3-of-4 games played this week, putting up 16 points in the setback to No. 20 Skidmore, 14 points in the loss to Wheaton, and 15 points in the Lancers’ first win of the season against Norwich. Overall this week, he shot 44.2% (19-43) from the field and 41.7% (5-12) from 3-point range. At the Ed Hockenbury Tournament alone, he averaged 14.5 points and eight assists per game.


Honorable Mentions

Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria | Soph. | Charlton, Mass): Rapoza recorded his fourth double-double of the season against Regis with 16 points and 10 rebounds. He connected on five-of-nine attempts from the floor and was six-of-10 from the free throw line. Against Bowdoin, Rapoza scored 13 and grabbed eight rebounds.

Branislav Vujadinovic (Assumption College | Soph. | Belgrade, Serbia): Vujadinovic continued his strong solid season, averaging 19.0 points on 50 percent shooting with 7.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in an 0-2 week. The sophomore posted 14 points, seven rebounds and three assists in a two-point loss to St. Michael’s but rebound with a career-high 24 points, seven rebounds and one steal against undefeated Southern N.H.

Kareem Davis (Becker College | Jr. Lowell, Mass.): Davis continued to demonstrate why he’s one of the best players in the region, averaging 27 points, five rebounds three assists and 2.5 steals per game. The junior shot 47 percent from the floor, 47 percent from behind the arc and 92 percent from the free throw line. This included a 28 point, five rebound performance in the Hawks’ 92-73 win over Clark. As of press time, Davis was ranked second in the NECC with 21.8 points per game.

Jonathan Perez (Fitchburg State | Junior | Lowell, Mass.): Averaged 17.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.3 steals per game in a 2-1 week for the Falcons. Netted a game-best 28 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals in an 86-68 win over Elms on Tuesday before adding 17 points, seven boards and seven assists in a 73-71 triumph against Rhode Island College on Thursday. Concluded the week with seven points, five rebounds and two steals in a 77-45 setback to WPI on Saturday.

Jehyve Floyd (Holy Cross | Jr. | Sayreville, N.J.): Posted eight points and three rebounds against Manhattan, while leading the team with a career-high 15 points and six rebounds against La Salle. He averaged 11.5 points and 4.5 rebounds on the week, while hitting 66.7 percent of his field goal attempts. Floyd was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic.

Daequon Antoine (Nichols | Sr. | Fort Mill, S.C.): Daequon Antoine helped the Bison post a 2-0 mark this week, averaging 21.5 points on 59.3% shooting and 60% shooting from beyond the arc to go with 6.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 3.0 steals per game. In a 105-82 win over Endicott, Antoine knocked down 8-of-14 shots, including 5-of-8 three-pointers, to go with seven rebounds, two assists and three steals. He followed that up with 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting with 4-of-7 triples, five rebounds, two assists and three steals in a 100-86 win over Gordon.

WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week Three (Tuesday, Dec. 5th)

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

WORCESTER  With the third week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil the initial Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball Honor Roll for the 2017-18 season, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


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Women’s Player of the Week: Michaela McTomney (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Bellingham, Mass.): Averaged a double-double of 11.0 points and ten rebounds per contest as well as one block per game in three games for the Green and Gold. Collected 14 points, eight rebounds, one steal and three blocks in an 86-77 victory over Elms on Tuesday before adding six points, eight caroms and one steal in an 81-67 setback to UMass Boston on Thursday. Concluded the week with a double-double of 13 points and 14 boards to go along with two assists in a 77-76 setback to Dean on Saturday.


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Women’s Rookie of the Week: Mikaela Mitchell (Fitchburg State | Fr. | Millbury, Mass.): Averaged 15.3 points, seven rebounds, two assists and 1.3 steals per game over three contests for the Falcons. Netted 16 points, seven boards, three assists and one steal in an 86-77 win over Elms on Tuesday before adding eight points, six caroms, one assist and one steal in an 81-67 setback to UMass Boston on Thursday. Polished off the week with a game-best 22 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals in a 77-76 setback to Dean on Saturday.


Honorable Mentions

Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Soph. | Franklin, Mass.): Manis recorded her third double-double of the season – 11th of her career – against Albany, while netting 20 points against Brown. Against the Bears, she connected on seven of 11 attempts, including both three-pointers, while recording six rebounds and two assists. On Sunday against Albany, she tallied 18 points and 12 rebounds, including 10 defensive caroms. For the week, she was 12 of 22 from the field, a perfect three-from-three beyond the arc and 11 of 15 from the charity stripe.

Amy Assad (Nichols | Jr. | Millis, Mass.): Amy Assad helped lead the Bison to a 2-1 mark this week, averaging 14.7 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. In a non-conference 78-44 win over Anna Maria, Assad scored 12 points and pulled in five rebounds to go with three assists and two steals in only 16 minutes of action. She followed that up with a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds in a 66-54 setback to Endicott. She wrapped up the week with her second-straight double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds in a 59-51 win over Gordon.

Britt Herring (Worcester State | Jr. | West Brookfield, Mass.): The junior center averaged 12.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.5 blocks, and one assist per game in a 1-1 week for the Lancers. She put up a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds with three blocks in the Lancers’ setback to Connecticut College earlier in the week. On Sunday, Herring recorded 11 points with nine rebounds and four blocks in the road win over Gallaudet. Overall this week, she went 11-for-16 (68.8%) from the field.

D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Men’s Basketball Top 10 (Monday, Dec. 4th)

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By NoontimeSports.com

With another week of New England Division III men’s basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Top 10 Poll for Monday, December 4th.

This week’s poll – similar to the past two polls – is produced by the Noontime Sports College Basketball committee, which is made-up of athletic communication directors, coaches and media members here in New England. 

Men’s Basketball Top 10 | Monday, December 4th, 2017 

1. Middlebury College

4-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 2

2. Wesleyan University

6-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 5

3. Eastern Connecticut 

6-0, 1-0 LEC

Last Week: No. 3

4. Williams College 

5-1, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 1 

5. MIT 

6-1, 0-0 NEWMAC

Last Week: No. 7

6. Hamilton College 

6-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: NR

7. Nichols College 

5-1, 2-0 CCC

Last Week: No. 9

8. Amherst College

4-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 6 

9. Bowdoin College 

6-1, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 4

10. Roger Williams 

7-0, 2-0 CCC

Last Week: NR

ON THE RISE: Albertus Magnus (3-1, 1-0 GNAC), Babson College (4-4, 0-0 NEWMAC), Colby College (6-1, 0-0 NESCAC), Endicott College (3-2, 1-1 CCC), Husson University (4-0, 2-0 NAC), Keene State (5-2, 1-0 LEC), Salem State (6-2, 0-0 MASCAC), Springfield College (4-0, 0-0 NEWMAC), Southern Vermont (5-0, 0-0 NECC) and Tufts University (4-3, 0-0 NESCAC)

D3 Basketball: Noontime Sports Men’s Basketball Top 10 Poll (Mon. Nov. 27th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

With another week of New England NCAA Division III Basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Top 10 Men’s Basketball Poll (Week Two: Monday, November 27th), as well as our teams on the rise.

Men’s Basketball Poll (Week Two: Monday, November 27th, 2017) 

1. Williams College (8)

Last Week: No. 1 

Record: 4-0 (NESCAC)

2. Middlebury College (2)

Last Week: No. 2

Record: 4-0 (NESCAC)

3. Eastern Conn.  (1)

Last Week: No. 8

Record: 5-0 (LEC)

4. Bowdoin College 

Last Week: NR 

Record: 4-0 (NESCAC)

5. Wesleyan University 

Last Week: NR

Record: 4-0 (NESCAC)

6.  Amherst College 

Last Week: No. 9 

Record: 3-0 (NESCAC)

7. MIT 

Last Week: No. 6 

Record: 3-1 (NEWMAC)

8. Babson College 

Last Week: No. 5 

Record: 3-2 (NEWMAC)

9. Nichols College 

Last Week: No. 7 

Record: 3-1 (CCC)

10. Endicott College

Last Week: No. 4

Record: 2-1(CCC)

ON THE RISE: Albertus Magnus (1-1), Conn. College (2-2), Hamilton College (3-0), Husson University (2-0), Keene State (2-2), Roger Williams (5-0), Southern Vermont (4-0), Springfield (2-0), Trinity College (3-1), Tufts University (1-2) and WPI (2-2).

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