WACBAHoops Reveals First Wave of Postseason Accolades

wacba-logoBy WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops) 

WORCESTER – Nichols swept the men’s major awards while Assumption, Becker, Fitchburg State and WPI took top billing for the women as the Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) resumed its postseason awards program. Additionally, 12 student-athletes from each gender were tabbed All-WACBA. Voters included sports information directors or primary contacts from each of the nine NCAA schools in Worcester County, as well as three members representing the local media.

Nichols’ Marcos Echevarria was named Player of the Year while teammate DeAnte Bruton was tabbed the Rookie of the Year and head coach Tom Glynn was recognized as the Coach of the Year. WPI’s Ama Biney was unanimously selected as the Women’s Player of the Year as Fitchburg State’s Kyra Rose took home another Rookie of the Year nod. Assumption’s Kerry Phayre and Becker’s David Bostick were chosen as Co-Coaches of the Year.

Echevarria and Becker’s Samuel Durodola earned first team votes on all 12 ballots. Fitchburg State’s Jaleel Bell, Becker’s Kyle Credle, Bruton and Anna Maria’s Mike Rapoza also earned high praise from the voters. WPI bookended the second team with Ian Converse and Sean Doncaster. Joining the Engineer duo was Worcester State’s Paul Brooks, Becker’s Kareem Davis, and Holy Cross’ Malachi Alexander and Robert Champion.

Biney was the lone consensus first teamer on the women’s ballot.  She was followed by Rose, Worcester State’s Britt Herring, Clark’s Ogechi Ezemma, Holy Cross’ Lauren Manis and Becker’s Cassidy Harrison. The women’s second team was the only one to feature student from each NCAA division. DII Assumption’s Jo Impellizeri led the way as WPI’s Priscilla Dunphy, Worcester State’s Kaitlin Berkel, Becker’s Adrianna Dowdy, DI Holy Cross’ Infinti Thomas-Waheed and Anna Maria’s Deja Taitt comprised the rest of the list.

The coaches group is in the midst of voting for the next Paul N. Johnson Award winner and the inaugural Pat Oroszko Courage Award recipient.

WACBA (Worcester Area College Basketball Association) is an organization billed as “one of its kind in the country” featuring 10 colleges, 20 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 Country Area.

MAJOR AWARD WINNERS

Men’s Player of the Year

Nichols sophomore Marcos Echevarria (Lynn, Mass.)

Women’s Player of the Year

WPI junior Ama Biney (Worcester, Mass,)

Men’s Rookie of the Year

Nichols freshman DeAnte Bruton (New London, Conn.)

Women’s Rookie of the Year

Fitchburg State freshman Kyra Rose (Rockland, Mass.)

Men’s Coach of the Year

Tom Glynn, Nichols

Women’s Co-Coaches of the Year

Kerry Phayre, Assumption and David Bostick, Becker

ALL-WACBA TEAMS 

MEN’S FIRST

 

Name

School

Class

Hometown

1stPl

Marcos Echevarria

Nichols

So

Lynn, Mass.

7

Samuel Durodola

Becker

Jr

Rosedale, N.Y.

1

Jaleel Bell

Fitchburg St.

Sr

Dorchester, Mass.

1

Kyle Credle

Becker

Sr

Queens, N.Y.

1

DeAnte Bruton

Nichols

Fr

New London, Conn.

Mike Rapoza

Anna Maria

Fr

Charlton, Mass.

2

 

 

 

 

 

MEN’S SECOND

 

Ian Converse

WPI

Sr

Woodstock, Conn.

Paul Brooks

Worcester St.

Sr

Arlington, Mass.

Kareem Davis

Becker

So

Lowell, Mass.

Malachi Alexander

Holy Cross

Sr

Bowie, Md.

Robert Champion

Holy Cross

Sr

Charlotte, N.C.

Sean Doncaster

WPI

Sr

Medford, Mass.

 

WOMEN’S FIRST

 

Name

School

Class

Hometown

1stPl

Ama Biney

WPI

Jr

Worcester, Mass.

        9

Kyra Rose

Fitchburg St.

Fr

Rockland, Mass.

        1

Britt Herring

Worcester St.

So

W. Brookfield, Mass.

         

Ogechi Ezemma

Clark

So

Hope Valley, R.I.

        2

Lauren Manis

Holy Cross

Fr

Franklin, Mass.

       

Cassidy Harrison

Becker

Fr

Foxborough, Mass.

         

 

 

 

 

 

WOMEN’S SECOND

 

Jo Impellizeri

Assumption

Sr

Seaford, N.Y.

          

Priscilla Dunphy

WPI

Sr

Barrington, R.I.

          

Kaitlyn Berkel

Worcester St.

So

Waterford, Conn.

          

Adriana Dowdy

Becker

So

East Haven, Conn.

          

I. Thomas-Waheed

Holy Cross

Jr

Newton, Mass.

          

Deja Taitt

Anna Maria

Sr

Cambia Heights, N.Y.

          

 

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.

 

WACBA Honor Roll (Men’s Basketball) Week 12

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Worcester State’s Paul Brooks was tabbed this week’s WACBA Men’s Player of the Week. (PHOTO CREDIT: Worcester State University 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: Paul Brooks (Worcester State | Sr. | Arlington, Mass.): The senior center averaged a double-double of 14.5 points and 13.0 rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Lancers. Brooks picked up 10 points and 13 rebounds with four blocks in the 66-54 win over Framingham State. He then collected a game-high 19 points, 13 rebounds, and another four blocks in his team’s setback to Westfield State. Overall this week, Brooks shot 57.1% from the field.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Antonio White Jr. (Becker | Fr. | Middletown, Conn.): White was named NECC Rookie of the Week after averaging 16 points on 49 percent shooting with 8.3 rebounds over three games to conclude his standout rookie regular season. The Hawks finished the week 2-1 earning the second seed in the NECC Tournament.

Men’s Milestone: Robert Champion (Holy Cross | Sr. | Charlotte, N.C.): Champion paced the Crusaders with 21 points, along with a pair of steals in a 52-47 setback to Army before stuffing the stat sheet with 16 points, five rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal in a 69-54 win over American. During his team’s contest against American, Champion became the 51st student-athlete to eclipse the 1,000th point mark in program history – he recorded his 1,000th career point on a tip-in with 4:28 remaining in the second half.

Men’s Honor Roll:

Malik Brown (Assumption | Fr. | Waldorf, Md.): Brown came through with a career performance in a 1-1 week for the Hounds while averaging 13.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. The freshman obliterated his previous career high of seven points by going off for 21 points and 12 rebounds in 24 minutes to help Assumption take down St. Michael’s by a score of 98-88. Later in the week, Brown scored five points with two rebounds in just eight minutes of action.

Damien Rance (Assumption | Soph. | Melbourne, Australia): Rance was dominant in a 1-1 week for Assumption, averaging 20.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game while shooting 59.1 percent from the floor and making 10 of 11 free throw attempts. The sophomore opened the week by netting 24 points, while tallying eight rebounds, four assists and one steal as the Hounds nearly took down Merrimack, 80-74. Rance followed it up with 16 points, five rebounds and five assists as Assumption took down St. Michael’s by a score of 98-88.

Samuel Durodola (Becker | Jr. | Rosedale, N.Y.): Durodola’s dominance continued this past week, as he averaged 26.3 points and 7.0 rebounds per game on 64.4 percent shooting to lead Becker to a 2-1 week. First, against Wheelock, Durodola scored 28 points with nine rebounds as he powered the Hawks to a 69-65 win. On Thursday the junior scored 17 in a narrow 87-83 loss. Finally, on Saturday, Durodola posted the second highest point total of his career as he finished with 34 points in a 102-88 victory over Mitchell.

Leonny Burgos (Fitchburg State | Sr.| Lawrence, Mass.): Burgos averaged 19.5 points, 1.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists and three steals per game in a 2-0 week for the Falcons. He netted a career-best 29 points, one board, five assists and three steals in a 96-83 win over Salem State on Wednesday before adding ten points, two caroms, six assists and three steals in a 72-64 triumph against Framingham State on Saturday.

Ian Converse (WPI | Sr. | Woodstock, Conn.): Converse narrowly missed averaging a double-double in the Engineers 2-0 week as he posted 23.5 points and 9.5 rebounds to go with four assists, three blocks and three steals. Converse began the week with 24 points and eight rebounds at Wheaton before scoring 23 and grabbing 11 rebounds in the season finale versus Clark. He shot 50 percent from the field in both games.

Jake Wisniewski (WPI | Fr. | West Brookfield, Mass.): Wisniewski averaged 11 points on 7 of 10 shooting from the field and 8 for 9 at the charity stripe in 13.5 minutes per game. He went 4 for 6 and 5 for 6 for 13 points at Wheaton, as well as all four of his rebounds on the week. On Saturday versus Clark, Wisniewski added nine points on 3 of 4 from the field and 3 for 3 at the line in just 11 minutes.

WACBA Honor Roll (Men’s Basketball) Week 11

Jaleel Bell

Fitchburg State’s Jaleel Bell earned this week’s WACBA Player of the Week honors. (PHOTO CREDIT: Fitchburg State 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: Jaleel Bell (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Dorchester, Mass.): Bell averaged 27 points, 9.5 rebounds, three assists, 1.5 steals and two blocks per contest in a 2-0 week for the Falcons. He netted a double-double of 28 points and 11 rebounds as well as three assists and three blocks in an 84-70 win over Worcester State on Wednesday before adding a game-best 26 points, eight caroms, three assists, three steals and one block in a 90-65 triumph over MCLA on Saturday.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: DeAnte Bruton (Nichols | Fr. | Lynn, Mass.): Bruton averaged 28 points (55 pct. FG) as the Bison scored a pair of wins to pull into a first-place tie last week with Endicott. He poured in a career-high 38 points on 14-of-29 shooting in a win over the Gulls on Wednesday. He then filled the stat sheet with 18 points and five rebounds in a road win at Salve Regina on Saturday. Bruton also averaged 3.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.5 steals per game last week, too.

Men’s Honor Roll

Samuel Durodola (Becker | Jr. | Rosedale, N.Y.): Durodola continued to show why he was one of the most dominant inside players in the region this past week, despite Becker’s losses to Southern Vermont. Durodola averaged 25 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and two blocks per game, all while shooting 50 percent from the floor. At press time, Durodola ranked in the top five in the NECC in scoring, rebounding, shooting and blocks.    

Antonio White Jr. (Becker | Fr. | Middletown, Conn.): White averaged 13 points and 10 rebounds per game for the Hawks this past week, while also swatting away three shots. White was an iron man for Becker, averaging 39.5 minutes per game. The freshman continues to be one of the standout rookies not only in the NECC but throughout the region.

Robert Champion (Holy Cross | Sr. | Charlotte, N.C.): Champion led the team at Bucknell with 19 points, four rebounds and two assists. He then scored a team-high 20 points at Lafayette, while hitting six of 12 shots from three-point range. His six made three-pointers at Lafayette tied for the seventh-highest single game total in school history. Champion Finished the week by totaling 13 points, six rebounds and two assists in the victory over Lehigh.

Paul Brooks (Worcester State | Sr. | Arlington, Mass.): Brooks averaged 12.3 points, 9.7 rebounds and three blocks in a 1-2 week for the Lancers. He tallied a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds in the 69-65 win over Bridgewater State and a second double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds in the 84-70 setback to Fitchburg State.

Ian Converse (WPI | Sr | Woodstock, Conn.): Converse averaged a double-double of 17.5 points and 12 rebounds in a 1-1 week. On Saturday he poured in 21 points and hauled in 15 rebounds in a win at Coast Guard. He also handed the Engineers a pair of second-half leads, too. On Wednesday, Converse totaled 14 points and nine boards in an overtime setback to MIT.

WACBA Honor Roll (Men’s Basketball) Week 10

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Nichols’ Jerome Cunningham was tabbed this week’s WACBA Rookie 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: Kyle Credle (Becker | Sr. | Queens, N.Y.): Credle had a great week as he averaged 20.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.3 steals per game in three victories this past week, while shooting 51 percent from the floor and 40 percent from behind the arc. First, in Becker’s 78-64 win at Regis, Credle scored 20 points on just 14 shots while dishing out five assists. Then against Elms, Credle posted a double-double with 22 points, ten rebounds and six assists in a 77-60 victory. Finally on Saturday, with the Hawks down by two at home to Lesley, Credle buried a game-winning three-pointer with seven seconds left to lift his team to the victory. Credle finished with 20 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals in the superb effort. For the season, the senior team captain leads Becker in scoring, assists and steals.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Jerome Cunningham (Nichols | Fr.| Westbury, N.Y.): Cunningham averaged a double-double with 15.5 ppg and 10.5 rpg in a pair of Nichols wins. He collected 17 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, and two blocks against Western New England on Wednesday, then put up 14 points, nine rebounds, and three blocks in a road win against Curry on Saturday. The 6-8 freshman is averaging 8.6 ppg and 8.9 rpg on the season, as well as two blocks.

Men’s Honor Roll:

Lamar Berk (Clark University | Sr. | Saint Augustine, Fla.): The senior forward was stellar in a pair of games last week as the Cougars went 1-1. In an 82-64 win on the road against Coast Guard, Berk finished with game and career-highs of 19 points and 15 rebounds. Then in a last second loss to Emerson on Saturday, he registered another double-double, ending with game bests of 16 points and 12 rebounds. For the week, he averaged 17.5 points and 13.5 rebounds while connecting on 61 percent of his shots (14-for-23) and all nine of his free throw attempts.

Jaleel Bell (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Dorchester, Mass.): Bell averaged 20.5 points, nine rebounds, 1.5 assists, one steal and one block per game in two contests for the Falcons. He posted a game-best 22 points, eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in a 68-64 setback to Williams College on Monday before adding a double-double of 19 points and ten caroms as well as one assist, one steal and one block in an 81-78 victory against Bridgewater State on Saturday.

Robert Champion (Holy Cross | Sr. | Charlotte, N.C.): Champion netted a team-high17 points, while recording six rebounds and four assists in the Crusaders’ 56-50 win over Colgate. His six rebounds and four assists were the most recorded by a student-athlete in purple and white, too.

Marcos Echevarria (Nichols | Soph. | Lynn, Mass.): Echevarria averaged 22.0 points (10-of-21 three-pointers), 3.5 assists, and 3.5 rebounds in a pair of wins for the Bison last week. He opened the week with a 27-point effort (six three-pointers) against the Golden Bears, against which he also notched five rebounds, four assists, and one steal. On Saturday, Echevarria scored 17 points in 26 minutes in a win at Curry. On the season, he is averaging 24.3 points per game and making 43 percent of his three-pointers.

Aaron Anniballi (Worcester State | Sr. | Milford, Mass.): The senior guard led the Lancers with a career-high 22 points, seven rebounds and six assists in the Lancers’ 91-84 setback to Salem State. Anniballi shot 53.3% (8-15) from the field and 50% on 5-of-10 triples in the loss.

Ian Converse (WPI | Sr. | Woodstock, Conn.): Converse averaged 15.5 points and four rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Engineers. He began with 14 points in a road win at Emerson Wednesday before scoring 13 of his 17 points in the second half against No. 1 Babson on Saturday.

Jake Wisniewski (WPI | Fr. | West Brookfield, Mass.): Wisniewski averaged 10 points per game in 19.5 minutes per contest in a 1-1 week. He totaled 17 points on 7 of 12 shooting from the field, while netting three-of-four free throw attempts in a road win at Emerson. He was tabbed to start Saturday against No. 1 Babson; however, he was relatively quiet with three points and three offensive rebounds.

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.

Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Honor Roll (Week Six)

By NoontimeSports.com 

WORCESTER, Mass. – With a few days of January basketball (and some end of December hoops, too) in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area Collegiate Basketball Association (WACBA) honor roll, including the players and rookies of the week.

Men’s Player of the Week: Jaleel Bell (Jr.), Fitchburg State (Dorchester, Mass.): Averaged 25.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per contest in a 2-0 week for the Falcons. Totaled a game best 28 points, eight rebounds, two assists and one steal in an 88-82 overtime win over Brandeis on Wednesday before adding 23 points, nine boards, one steal and four assists in an 82-74 victory against Western New England on Saturday.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Karl Charles (Fr.), Holy Cross (Piscataway, N.J.): Totaled 15 points, six rebounds, a career-high five assists and two blocked shots in the victory over Boston University. Charles recorded a career-best 16 points, five rebounds, three steals and two assists at Navy. He hit 56.3 percent of his field goals and 84.6 percent of his foul shots on the week.

Women’s Player of the Week: Ama Biney (Soph.), WPI (Worcester, MA/Holy Name): Biney averaged 14.3 points per game to help the Engineers continue their best start in program history with three victories over the holiday break. The sophomore guard helped the Engineers sweep their two contests in Florida by notching a career-high 21 points, to go along with a game-best six rebounds and three assists in the second game of the tournament with a 67-51 victory over Alvernia. Biney continued her strong play by leading all players with 17 points as WPI opened 2016 with a 59-46 road victory at Simmons.

Infiniti Thomas-Waheed (Fr.), Holy Cross (Newton, Mass): Thomas-Waheed posted her two best games as a Crusader last week in helping Holy Cross begin the Patriot League slate with a 2-0 record. She averaged 20.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.0 steals, 2.5 assists and 2.0 blocks per game, while shooting 46.9 percent from the field (15-32) and 57.1 percent from behind the arc (8-14). Against Boston University, she totaled 20 points on 7-of-19 shooting, to go along with six rebounds and a career-high five steals. Against Navy, Thomas-Waheed recorded a game- and career-high 21 points – including a personal-best 5-of-6 clip from behind the arc – to go along with three rebounds, three assists and a trio of steals.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Kaitlyn Berkel (Fr.), Worcester State (Waterford, Conn.): Berkel led the Lancers in a 0-2 week at the Arizona Shootout in Phoenix. Berkel averaged 12 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, while shooting 55 percent from the field. Berkel tacked on a game-high four blocks against Eastern Connecticut, while also registering a double-double against the Warriors with 10 rebounds and 13 points.

Honor Roll:

Robert Champion (Jr.), Holy Cross (Charlotte, N.C.): Totaled 11 points, five assists, three steals and two rebounds in the victory over Boston University. Champion led the team with game highs of 20 points and seven rebounds at Navy. He hit 46.2 percent of his three-pointers and 83.3 percent of his free throws on the week.

Kamali Bey (Soph.), Assumption (Springfield, Mass.): In a 1-2 stretch, Bey averaged 18 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game while shooting 62.9 percent from the field. He posted 19 points in each game of the East Region Classic vs. Holy Family and Philadelphia, followed by a 16-point performance vs. Merrimack.

Kelly Carey (Jr.), Assumption (Long Beach, N.Y.): In a 3-0 stretch for the No. 21 Hounds, Carey averaged 13 points, three rebounds and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 40 percent from three and a perfect 7-for-7 at the line. Highlighting her performance was a 16-point, six-rebound effort in a road win at Merrimack to keep the Hounds alone in first place.

Nicole Mareiro (Jr.), Anna Maria (Acushnet, Mass.): Mareiro had a career day for the AMCATS against Clark, hitting six three-pointers en route to a 22-point performance in Anna Maria’s 65-56 comeback win. She shot 46.7 percent from the floor in the victory. On the week, Mareiro averaged 15 points per game while tallying 11 rebounds, six assists and four steals.

Patrick Bradanese (Sr.), Anna Maria (Billerica, Mass.): Bradanese was the team’s best scorer on the week, dropping 15 points against Trinity and 23 points in a win against Pine Manor to average 19.0 points per game. He finished the week shooting 39.1 percent from the floor, alongside a 9-for-10 effort from the charity stripe.

Tyler Huffman (Sr.), Clark (West Hartford, Conn.): Huffman was huge for the Cougars as they snapped an eight game losing streak by winning both of their contests in the first-ever Clark Alumni Holiday Invitational. In the Cougars’ 99-94 double-overtime win over Wentworth, Huffman hit the game-tying three-pointer as time expired to force a second overtime and he scored nine of his 12 points after regulation. Then, in a 63-58 win over Roger Williams, Huffman recorded a game-high 19 points including going a perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line as the Scarlet and White won back-to-back games for the first time this season.

Luca McCormic (Fr.), Clark (Bradenton, Fla.): In a pair of wins at the first-ever Clark Holiday Invitational, McCormick was extremely efficient, scoring 17 points per game as the Cougars went 2-0. He pumped in 20 points in just 24 minutes in the Scarlet and White’s 99-94 double-overtime win over Wentworth. Then coming off the bench, he posted 14 points – all in the second half as Clark held on for a 63-58 win over Roger Williams. In the two contests, McCormick shot 61 percent from the field (11-for-18) and 80 percent from the charity stripe (8-for-10), while also averaging 4.5 rebounds per game.

Paul Brooks (Jr.), Worcester State (Arlington, Mass.): Brooks averaged 13 points, 9.3 rebounds, and six blocks in a 3-0 week for the Lancers. Brooks registered a double-double in the 61-58 win over Roger Williams, and then was just one rebound shy of another in the 81-66 victory over Wentworth. Brooks met the Worcester State all-time record for blocks in a single game with eight on Saturday (vs. Gordon) – this is his second time matching this record. Brooks shot 59.4 percent from the field and was named to the 2015 Clark Alumni Holiday Invitational All-Tournament Team.

Alex Santos (Fr.), Worcester State (Lawrence, Mass.): Santos averaged 16.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 2.7 assists in a 3-0 week for the Lancers. Santos went a stunning 80% (4-5) from 3-point range in the 81-66 win over Wentworth on Wednesday, as Worcester State overall drained 13 3-pointers (one short of the school record). Overall this week, Santos shot 41.5% (17-41) from the field, and 42.3% (11-26) from 3-point range.

Clyde Niba (Sr.), WPI (Atlanta, Ga.): Niba averaged 13.5 points and nine rebounds as the Engineers closed out the non-conference portion of their schedule with a pair of tough road victories last week. The senior led all scorers with 20 points, including four 3-pointers, and added eight rebounds as WPI defeated 2015 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 participant Bates. Niba then grabbed a game-best 10 rebounds to go along with seven points as the nationally-ranked Crimson and Gray handed previously undefeated Eastern Nazarene its first loss 67-65 on a buzzer-beater.