WACBA Honor Roll (Men’s Basketball) Week 13

Marcos Echevarria
Nichols’ Marcos Echevarria was tabbed this week’s WACBA Co-Player of the Week. (Photo Credit: Nichols College Athletics)

By WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops) 

WORCESTER, Mass.  Another week of college basketball is in the books, which means it is time to dish out our Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WABCA) Men’s Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week.

Men’s Player of the Week: Marcos Echevarria (Nichols | Soph. | Lynn, Mass.): Echevarria averaged 23 points, 6.3 assist, 5 rebounds, and two steals to backstop the Bison to their first Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Championship in program history last Saturday. In the championship contest against Endicott, Echevarria scored eight points in the final 40 seconds of the contest as the Bison rallied from a seven-point deficit to stun the Gulls. The CCC Player of the Year netted 25 points and dished out eight dimes in the first round against University of New England, then collected 21 points, seven assists, and six boards in the semifinals against Wentworth.

Robert Champion (Holy Cross | Sr. | Charlotte, N.C.): In a 1-1 week for the Crusaders, Champion averaged 20 points, five rebounds and 1.5 steals. He began the week with 13 points, five rebounds, two steals and one assist as Holy Cross edged Loyola, 63-62. Against Boston University, the senior guard netted 27 points – one point shy of his career-high. He finished the contest against the Terriers with five triples, five rebounds and one assist. For the week, he tallied 40 points, pulled down 10 rebounds, while registering a trio of steals and pair of assists, while sinking 8 of 11 free throws.

Men’s Player of the Week: Jerome Cunningham (Nichols | Fr. | Westbury, N.Y.): Cunningham averaged a double-double with 10.3 points and 14.0 rebounds to help the Bison secure their first Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Championship in program history. The 6-8 freshman posted 10 points, 16 rebounds, and three blocks against University of New England in the quarterfinals, then went for 11 points, 11 rebounds, and three blocks in the semifinals against Wentworth. In the championship contest against Endicott, Cunningham filled the stat sheet with 10 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocks. Cunningham shot 52 percent from the field.

Men’s Honor Roll

Kareem Davis (Becker | Soph. | Lowell, Mass.): Davis scored 31 points, making six three-pointers and going 11 of 11 from the free throw line to lead Becker to an exciting 79-70 upset victory at Southern Vermont College in the New England Collegiate Conference Championship (NECC) final. Davis was tabbed the Most Valuable Player of the NECC Tournament the same week he was named to the All-Conference team. For the week, the sophomore averaged 21.5 points with 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals while shooting a perfect 100 percent on his free throws to lead the Hawks into the NCAA Tournament.

Ryan DiBernardo (Worcester State | Sr. | Springfield, Mass.): DiBernardo led the Lancers in a 2-1 week as he averaged 14 points, four assists, and 3.7 rebounds. He tallied 10 points and seven rebounds in the win over Westfield State, and then picked up 17 points, five assists, and three rebounds in the win over Fitchburg State, helping the team to the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) championship game. Against Salem State in the final round, he totaled 15 points, three assists and one rebound.

Cal Howes (Worcester State | Fr. | Maynard, Mass.): The rookie averaged 10.3 points in a 2-1 week for the Lancers. He picked up 12 points, a rebound and a steal in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) quarterfinal win over Westfield State, and then helped the Blue and Gold with seven points, three rebounds and an assist in the semifinal win over Fitchburg. In the MASCAC Championship game, Howes registered 12 points, three rebounds, two assists and a block.

Ian Converse (WPI | Sr. | Woodstock, Conn.): Converse went off for 23 points and nine rebounds in Saturday’s New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) semifinal versus eventual champion MIT. The senior shot 50 percent from inside the arc and was 3-for-4 at the free throw line in what proved to be his final game with the Crimson and Gray.

 

New England D3 Notebook: Eastern Conn. State Starts New Year With Win Over Amherst

Eastern Connecticut State University kicked-off the second half of its 2016-17 campaign with an impressive win over Amherst College earlier this week. (PHOTO CREDIT: Eastern Connecticut State University Athletics)
Eastern Connecticut State University kicked-off the second half of its 2016-17 campaign with an impressive win over Amherst College earlier this week. (PHOTO CREDIT: Eastern Connecticut State University Athletics)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

Happy 2017, everyone!

I hope the New Year is treating you (and your family and friends) well.

It has been a while since I pumped out a New England D3Hoops notebook, so my goal for the remainder of the season to publish at least one (maybe two) per week.

Let’s kick off this notebook with a big win from Connecticut earlier this week where the Eastern Connecticut State University men’s basketball scored an impressive win over Amherst College. Senior Hugh Lindo helped the Warriors secure their eighth win of the season by tallying 21 points, while pulling down 14 rebounds.

One of Lindo’s 21 points happened to be his 1,000th point of his career.

Lindo became the program’s all-time leading rebounder last month when the Warriors defeated Southern Maine. He currently leads the unit with 159 caroms.

Eastern Connecticut has won four consecutive contests, dating back to an 89-72 win last month over Eastern at the Hoop Miami Holiday Slam. Additionally, the Warriors have captured six of their last seven games and will look to extend their current winning streak to five-straight wins when they host Plymouth State on Saturday, January 7 with tip-off scheduled for 3:00 p.m.

Could the Babson College women’s basketball team be the ‘team to beat’ in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC)?

I think so!

The Beavers rebounded after a tough loss a few days ago – technically, last year (December) – by starting the New Year with a 65-47 win over WPI.

The game, which was held in Worcester, Massachusetts, was a rematch of last year’s tournament final.

Junior Brenna LeGacy led the Green and White with 18 points, while the Beavers combined for 12 of 13 free throws en route to their 10th win of the season. Babson is now 34-21 all-time against WPI and has won 16 of their last 18 meetings against the Engineers, according to yesterday’s release.

Babson will look to capture their fifth-straight NEWMAC contest on Saturday when they host Mount Holyoke.

Staying in the NEWMAC, the Springfield College men’s basketball team scored an impressive win last night, defeating WPI, 71-63. The win was the Pride’s fourth-straight victory, dating back to their initial win of their current steak over Amherst.

First-year Jake Ross helped the Pride earn their initial league win by netting 29 points (that matched his career-high point total), while adding seven rebounds, five steals and a quartet of swipes.

Ross was tabbed this week’s NEWMAC Co-Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week.

Springfield also received career-best 25 points from junior Andy McNulty – 15 of his 25 points came from beyond the arc.

Springfield is my pick to challenge Babson for the NEWMAC crown – I am expecting the Pride and Beavers to reach the league championship, but let’s not forget about MIT and WPI – both teams could also appear in the league’s finale, too.

The Endicott College men’s basketball team has yet to lose a Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) tilt this season. Recently, they defeated Wentworth, 76-67, to bump their league record to 4-0.

This evening, the Gulls host Gordon College, which lost a heartbreaker to Nichols College on Tuesday. Nichols and Endicott are tied for first place in the conference, but keep an eye on the Fighting Scots over the next few weeks.

Following their contest against Gordon, Endicott will hit the road for a pair of league tilts, beginning Saturday at Western New England followed by a visit to Salve Regina next Wednesday.

Prior to their win over Wentworth, Endicott captured the Salem State Holiday Classic, defeating both Regis College and Southern Maine. The win over the Pride provided head coach Kevin Bettencourt with his 50th career victory with the Gulls.

Looking for a good game to watch online (or follow via live stats) this evening? Tune into Roger Williams versus University of New England women’s basketball with tip-off scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

A few coaches have told me the Hawks should be a ‘team to watch’ over the next few weeks – don’t be shocked if they crack our Noontime Sports Top 10 Women’s Basketball Poll.

A win over the Nor’easters would be Roger Williams’ first win since edging University of New England in overtime on February 21, 2015.

Senior Bridget Quilty and junior Anna Walther have paced the Blue and Gold’s offense, netting 151 and 128 points, respectively. Quilty also leads the team in rebounds with 67, while junior Mariah Nichols is second with 59.

Have a question or thought or opinion? Let us know by sending us either a tweet or tweet message to @NoontimeSports or @MattNoonan11

WACBA Honor Roll (Men’s Basketball) Week Four

DeAnte Burton was tabbed this week's WACBA Men's Co-Rookie of the Week. (Photo Credit: Nichols College Athletics)
DeAnte Burton was tabbed this week’s WACBA Men’s Co-Rookie of the Week. (Photo Credit: Nichols College Athletics)

By WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER, Mass. – For the fourth-staight week, the Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) and Noontime Sports is proud to unveil our WACBA Men’s Basketball Honor Roll (Week Four), including our player and rookie(s) of the week.

Men’s Player of the Week: Samuel Durodola (Becker | Jr. | Rosedale, N.Y.): Durodola continued to put up big numbers for the Hawks, as Becker went won a pair of contests last week. The junior forward averaged 21 points, 10.5 rebounds and two blocks per game, while making 66 percent of his shots. Durodola scored 20 points in Becker’s 75-68 win at Lesley on Saturday, and he continues to lead the conference in rebounding.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Branislav Vujadinovic (Assumption | Fr. | Belgrade, Serbia): Vujadinovic came up big for the Hounds last week, averaging 11.5 points and 4.5 rebounds while making six of nine trifectas and shooting 41.2 percent from the floor overall. In a loss to St. Anselm, he posted eight points, three rebounds and one block. He then made his first career start against Merrimack and scored a career-high 15 points with six rebounds as Assumption fell 62-59 to Merrimack.

DeAnte Bruton (Nichols | Fr.| New London, Conn.): Bruton averaged 23.3 points per game and shot 50 percent from the field as the Bison completed a 3-0 week. He recorded his third 30-point effort of the season with 35 points (five three-pointers) in a road win at Western New England on Tuesday. After scoring 12 in a win at Newbury on Thursday, Bruton filled the stat sheet with 23 points, five rebounds, four assists, and four steals in a win against Framingham State on Saturday. He is averaging 22.2 ppg this season.

Men’s Honor Roll

Robert Champion (Holy Cross | Sr. | Charlotte, N.C.): Cross began the week tallying 13 points and a game-high eight rebounds against Maine. A few days later, he led the Crusaders with 28 points, six rebounds, five swipes and four assists in a victory over Quinnipiac. He scored all 11 of Holy Cross’ in an 11-2 first half run, which gave the Crusaders a 10-point lead over the Bobcats. Additionally, set a career-best with 28 points and five steals in the team’s win against Quinnipiac.

Damien Rance (Assumption | Soph. | Melbourne, Australia): Rance was solid for the Hounds this past week, averaging 15.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game in a pair of losses. In a loss to St. Anselm, Rance scored 15 points with seven rebounds and then follow it up with 15 points, ten rebounds and four assists in a tough three-point loss to Merrimack last Thursday.

Antonio White Jr. (Becker | Fr. | Middletown, Conn.): White posted his first career double-double on Saturday at Lesley with 11 points and 10 rebounds on 50 percent shooting. For the week, the rookie averaged 7.0 points and 8.5 rebounds.

Joe Atkinson (Clark | Sr. | Milford, Mass.): Atkinson, the nation’s leading three-point shooter, fell just shy of averaging a double-double in a 3-0 week for the Scarlet and White. In an 87-85 win over Fitchburg State, Atkinson nearly had a triple-double with eight points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Then in a hard-fought win over Framingham State, he recorded 15 points, ten rebounds and three assists. The senior guard capped off his week with an eight-point, nine-rebound, five-assist showing in a triumph over Western New England. For the week he averaged 10.3 points, 9.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists.

Marcos Echevarria (Nichols | Soph. | Lynn, Mass.): Echevarria averaged 28.3 points per game (44.4 FG pct.) as the Bison moved to 7-2 on the season with a perfect 3-0 week. He scored 25 points to go with six boards in a road conference win at Western New England on Tuesday. Echevarria then tied a school-record with nine 3-pointers en route to scoring 34 points in a win at Newbury on Thursday. He capped the week with a 25-point, five-assist, four-rebound and four-steal performance in a win over Framingham State on Saturday. He leads the conference in scoring at 26.4 points per game.

Jamal Mustapha (Worcester State | Jr. | Worcester, Mass.): The junior guard averaged 12.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.3 steals, and 2.0 assists per game in a 1-2 week for Worcester State. Mustapha led the Lancers with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds in a setback to UMass Dartmouth before tallying a team-high 16 points in a loss to Gordon. In the Lancers’ first win of the season, Mustapha scored seven points and marked three steals. Overall this week, he shot 53.1 percent from the field.

Cal Howes (Worcester State | Fr. | Maynard, Mass.): Cal Howes netted a career-high 17 points in the Lancers’ 63-55 win over the visiting Salve Regina University on Saturday. Howes drained four of eight triples, netted one jumper, and chipped in three free throws for a game-high 17 points. Earlier in the week, Howes chipped in six points in the setback to UMass Dartmouth, and then two points in the loss to Gordon.

Sean Doncaster (WPI | Sr. | Medford, Mass.) Doncaster scored 18.5 points per game, including a career-high 29 at Salem State on Saturday. In just 22 minutes against MCLA earlier in the week, Doncaster netted eight points and doled out seven assists.

WACBA Honor Roll (Men’s Basketball) Week Three

DeAnte Burton was tabbed this week's WACBA Men's Rookie of the Week. (Photo Credit: Nichols College Athletics)
DeAnte Burton was tabbed this week’s WACBA Men’s Rookie of the Week. (Photo Credit: Nichols College Athletics)

By WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER, Mass. – For the third-straight week, the Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) is proud to unveil its men’s basketball honor roll, including our first-ever milestone honoree.

Congratulations to this week’s honor roll and remember to stay connected with Noontime Sports (@NoontimeSports) and WACBA (@WACBAHoops) on social media.

Men’s Player of the Week: Samuel Durodola (Becker | Jr. | Rosedale, N.Y.): Durodola was a dominant inside force over three games this past week, averaging 20.3 points and 14.6 rebounds to go along with 2.0 assists and 1.0 steals. Facing Newbury in Becker’s New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) opener, Durodola pulled down 20 boards with 15 points in a 69-65 victory. As of press time, Durodola leads the entire conference in rebounding at 11.3 rebounds per game. For his accomplishments, Durodola was named NECC Player of the Week on Monday.

Jalen Williams (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Meriden, Conn.): Williams averaged a double-double of 14.0 points and 13.5 rebounds per contest as well as 1.5 assists per game in a 2-0 week for the Falcons. He collected a double-double of 17 points and 19 boards to go along with two assists in a 91-65 win over Elms on Tuesday before adding 11 points, eight caroms and one assist in a 74-61 win against the 23rd ranked Engineers of WPI on Saturday.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: DeAnte Bruton (Nichols | Fr. | New London, Conn.): Bruton averaged 19.0 points per game and shot 54 percent from the field to help the Bison earn a pair of conference wins last week. Bruton scored a career-high 36 points against Becker on Monday before chipping in 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting to help Nichols defeat Roger Williams on Wednesday. Bruton then scored 16 of his 23 points in the second half against Wentworth on Saturday, helping the Bison erase a 12-point second-half deficit and move to 2-0 in Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) play. He also averaged 4.0 rebounds per game and 2.0 steals per game, and shot 88 percent from the free throw line (15-of-17).

Men’s Milestone: Kyle Credle (Becker | Sr. | Queens, N.Y.): Credle became the 17th Hawk to eclipse the 1,000-point-mark as he scored a game-high 26 points in Becker’s 69-65 win at Newbury College this past weekend. Credle reached the mark on a jumper with 10:33 to go in the game, a basket that got the Hawks to within one possession for the first time since 8-5 of the 13:31 mark in the first half. For the week, Credle averaged 18.6 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.

Men’s Honor Roll:

Joe Atkinson (Clark | Sr. | Milford, Mass.): Atkinson had an incredible week for the Cougars, who went 1-1. Against Connecticut College, Atkinson recorded a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds, while shooting 6-of-12 from the field. A few days later against Becker, he scored a career high 32 points and added ten more rebounds, while going 12-for-14 from the field, including a sizzling 8-for-8 from behind the arc. For the week, he averaged 25.5 points and ten rebounds, finished 18-of-26 from the field and 12-of-13 from beyond the arc.

Marcos Echevarria (Nichols | Soph. | Lynn, Mass.): After scoring 20 points against non-conference foe Becker on Monday, Echevarria made 14-of-16 from the charity stripe and finished with 20 points in a win over Roger Williams. On Saturday, he poured in 35 points to lift the Bison to a come-from-behind win over Wentworth. For the week, Echevarria made 28 of his 31 free throw attempts (90 percent) and also averaged 4.0 assists per game, 4.0 rebounds per game, and 2.5 steals per game.

Jake Wisniewski (WPI | Fr. | West Brookfield, Mass.) Wisniewski rebounded from a relatively quiet game against No. 3 Tufts to average 15 points and 5.5 rebounds with a block and a steal for the Engineers. On Thursday he led the way with a game-best 16 points in 23 minutes at Framingham State before adding 14 more to go with eight rebounds in a WACBA showdown at Fitchburg State on Saturday.

Corey Gatta (Worcester State | Jr. | Sturbridge, Mass.): The junior guard averaged 13 points per game in a 0-2 week for the Lancers. He tallied 10 points, eight rebounds (team-high) and four assists in a 67-53 setback to Lasell. He then recorded 16 points, going 4-for-5 (80%) from the field, 2-for-2 (100%) from beyond the arc, and 6-for-6 (100%) from the free throw line in Saturday’s setback to Wheaton.

WACBA Honor Roll (Men’s Basketball) Week Two

WPI's Connor Willgress  was tabbed this week's WACBA Men's Player of the Week after an impressive performance last week against Worcester State. (PHOTO CREDIT: WPI Athletics/Frank Poulin)
WPI’s Connor Willgress was tabbed this week’s WACBA Men’s Player of the Week after an impressive performance last week against Worcester State. (PHOTO CREDIT: WPI Athletics/Frank Poulin)

By WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

Men’s Player of the Week: Connor Willgress (WPI, | Jr. | Mill Creek, Wash.): Willgress stuffed the stat sheet with career-best of 15 points and six rebounds, along with a pair of steals and an assist to help the Engineers knock off city rival Worcester State last Tuesday. In addition to scoring eight of the game’s first 10 points, he was five-of-eight from the field, including three-of-four from beyond the arc to go with a pair of free throws in 27 minutes.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: DeAnte Bruton (Nichols | Fr. | New London, Conn.): Bruton scored a career-high 30 points in just 28 minutes as the Bison defeated Westfield State last Tuesday. He canned 8-of-12 from the field – including four-of-seven from downtown to go along with three steals, three rebounds, and three assists.

Men’s Honor Roll:

Jaleel Bell (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Dorchester, Mass.): Collected 23 points, nine rebounds, one assist and two steals for the Falcons in a 90-78 setback to Albertus Magnus on Tuesday evening.

Cal Howes (Worcester State | Fr. | Maynard, Mass.): The first-year guard led the Lancers with a team-high 11 points on three trifectas and two good free throws in a 91-54 setback to WPI. He also registered a rebound and a steal in 23 minutes played.

WACBA Honor Roll (Men’s Basketball) Week One

Fitchburg State's Jaleel Bell was one of two student-athletes to earn this week's WACBA Player of the Week honors. (PHOTO CREDIT: Fitchburg State Athletics)
Fitchburg State’s Jaleel Bell was one of two student-athletes to earn this week’s WACBA Player of the Week honors. (PHOTO CREDIT: Fitchburg State Athletics)

By WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER, MASS. – With the first week of the NCAA College Basketball season in the book, it is time to unveil our first Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Honor Roll of the 2016-17 season, featuring our Men’s Player and Rookie of the Week.

Men’s Player of the Week:

Jaleel Bell (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Dorchester, Mass.): Averaged 28.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game in three games for the Falcons. Registered a double-double of 30 points and 11 rebounds as well as three assists and three steals in a 68-66 setback to Rhode Island College on Tuesday before adding 44 points, six rebounds and three steals in an 88-78 win over Regis on Friday. Concluded the week, collecting 11 points, two caroms, one assist and three steals in an 81-63 setback to Colby College on Saturday.

Marcos Echevarria (Nichols | Soph. | Lynn, Mass.): Echevarria averaged 27.0 ppg last week for the Bison, who opened the season with two games last week. He scored 17 points in the season opener at Thomas (ME) on Tuesday, then scored a career-high 37 points in a win over Lasell on Saturday. Echevarria knocked down six three-pointers and went 11-of-14 from the line against the Lasers.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Jake Wisniewski (WPI | Fr. | West Brookfield, Mass.): Wisniewski averaged nine points per game even with seeing limited minutes against Salve Regina Friday night. He debuted with 14 points, seven rebounds and a pair of assists versus Eastern Connecticut. The local product scored 11 and pulled down six boards against DeSales in Saturday’s championship contest.

Honor Roll:

Karl Ziegler (Assumption | Sr. | Annadale, Va.): Ziegler was instrumental in the Hounds’ opening conference 2-0 for the first time since the 2012-13 season, averaging 18.0 points and 6.5 rebounds while shooting 63.6 percent from the floor. Facing Stonehill, he went 6-of-9 from the floor for 16 points and seven rebounds as Assumption won 74-69. On Saturday, Ziegler put up 20 points with six rebounds as the Hounds took down St. Michael’s, 82-78.

Kareem Davis (Becker | Soph. | Lowell, Mass.): Davis began his season with a blistering start, scoring exactly 24 points in each of his first three games. Davis is shooting 45 percent from the floor, 44 percent from behind the three-point arc and 93 percent from the free throw line. Davis is also averaging 3.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 39.7 minutes per game.

Luca McCormick (Clark University | Soph. | Bradenton, Fla.): During a 2-1 week for the Cougars, McCormick literally carried the team to a pair of victories with two game-winning shots. First, in Clark’s 77-74 win over Worcester State, McCormick hit the game-winning three-pointer with seconds remaining to give the Scarlet and White a season-opening win. In that contest he finished with 24 points on 8-for-14 shooting. Then, in Clark’s 71-70 win over Newbury College, McCormick was again the hero, dropping in the game-winning/go-ahead three-point bomb with less than ten seconds left in regulation. He finished that contest with 22 points and ten rebounds. He also had 13 points and seven rebounds in the Scarlet and White’s only loss of the week, an 85-78 defeat to Rhode Island College. For the week, he averaged 19.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.

Jamal Mustapha (Worcester State | Jr. | Worcester, Mass.): The junior guard led the Lancers in scoring this past week, averaging 14 points per game. He tallied 14 points, seven rebounds, and three assists and a block in the Lancers’ 77-74 loss to Clark. Mustapha scored a game-high 17 points in the 78-60 setback to Roanoke, and then put up another 11 in the loss to Newport News Apprentice. Mustapha finished the week with a 47.2 field goal percentage.

Ian Converse (WPI | Sr. | Woodstock, Conn.): Converse averaged 18 points and nine rebounds in a 3-0 week for the Engineers. He was tabbed the Ted Coghlin Memorial Tournament Most Valuable Player following WPI’s overtime win over DeSales. He picked up his fifth career double-double on Friday night against Salve Regina and added 21 points, including 10 in the first half during Saturday’s title game.