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 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

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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 Nine

By WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops

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An impressive week by John Pisacreta earned him WACBA Men’s Player of the Week honors. (PHOTO CREDIT: Clark University Athletics)

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: John Pisacreta (Clark | Jr. | Andover, Mass.): The New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Offensive Player of the Week averaged 25 points per game in the two contests last week as the Cougars went up against the conference’s top two teams. In a closer-than-you-think, 90-81 defeat at the hands of the nation’s No. 1 team, Babson College, Pisacreta finished with a team-best 21 points on 7-for-11 shooting, including a 5-for-6 performance from behind the arc. Along with his scoring, he added four rebounds, three assists and three steals in his 31 minutes of action. Then, in a huge 74-69 road win at MIT, he pumped in 20 of his career-high 29 points in the second half as the Cougars held on for a crucial league victory. In addition to his point total, Pisacreta provided four rebounds and three steals. For the week, he shot 14-for-24 from the field (58 percent), including 11-for-16 (68 percent) from three-point land and was a perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria | Fr. | Charlton, Mass.): Rapoza averaged 18.5 points and 15.0 rebounds in an 0-2 week for the AMCATS. The big man had 21 points and 12 boards in 39 minutes against Emmanuel before producing 16 points and 18 rebounds at Suffolk en route to his third consecutive GNAC Rookie of the Week honor.

Men’s Milestone of the Week: Marcos Echevarria (Nichols | Soph. | Lynn, Mass.): Echevarria became the 28th student-athlete in program history to reach the 1,000-point mark for his career last week, averaging 26 points per game in back-to-back wins. He knocked down eight trifectas en route route to scoring 30 in a road win at Roger Williams last Wednesday and then scored 22 points in a win over Gordon on Saturday. Echevarria , who is only a sophomore, also averaged six assists and 3.5 steals last week.

Men’s Honor Roll: 

Samuel Durodola (Becker | Jr. | Rosedale, N.Y.): Durodola’s dominant play continued this past week, as he averaged 28.5 points, 14.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game in two Becker victories. The junior forward also shot 74 percent from the floor. In the Hawks’ 89-69 win over Wheelock, Durodola had a monster performance with 27 points, 18 rebounds and six assists. Durodola reached a double-double just 15:08 into the game. Then, in Becker’s 89-80 win against Newbury, Durodola had a career-high 30 points with ten rebounds, shooting 13 of 15 from the floor. For his performances, Durodola was named New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Player of the Week.

Antonio White Jr. (Becker | Fr. | Middletown, Conn.): White has been a major force in his first season with the Hawks. He is averaged 19.5 points and 9.5 rebounds this past week in a pair of Becker wins. In the 89-69 victory over Wheelock, White scored 20 of his career-high 30 points in the second half to go along with six rebounds. Then, in the 89-80 win against Newbury, White scored nine points while pulling down a game high 13 boards. For his performances, White was named the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Rookie of the Week.

Jaleel Bell (Fitchburg State | Sr. |Dorchester, Mass.): Bell averaged 19.5 points, nine rebounds, three assists and three steals in two games for the Falcons last week. He registered a double-double of 21 points and ten rebounds, along with two assists and two steals in a 78-69 overtime win against Framingham State before adding a game-best 18 points, eight boards, four assists and four steals in a 75-59 triumph against Westfield State on Saturday.

Malachi Alexander (Holy Cross | Sr. | Bowie, Md.): Alexander led the Crusaders with 15 points, seven rebounds, a career-high five steals and three assists in his team’s victory over American. He scored a team-high 20 points on eight of 13 shooting at Loyola. He finished the week with 11 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals at Navy.

DeAnte Bruton (Nichols | Fr. | New London, Conn.): Bruton scored a game-high 30 points in a home win over Gordon on Saturday. He made 57 percent of his field goals and also recorded four assists. For the week, Bruton averaged 19 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists while shooting 42 percent.

Corey Gatta (Worcester State | Jr. | Sturbridge, Mass.): Gatta averaged 13 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in a 1-1 week for the Lancers. In his team’s 69-60 win over Westfield State, Gatta went 5-for-10 (50%) from the field and two-for-five (40%) from beyond the arc. On Saturday, Gatta went 5-for-11 from the field (45.5%) and drained four-of-seven triples (57.1%) to tally 14 points in the win over MCLA.

Cal Howes (Worcester State | Fr. | Maynard, Mass.): The first-year guard averaged eight points and three rebounds in a 2-0 week for the Lancers. Howes scored five points in the win over Westfield State, and then went four-for-eight (50%) from the field and three-for-five (60%) from three-point range to total 11 points in his team’s 80-54 win over MCLA.

Chris Rodgers (WPI | Jr. | Franklin, Mass.): Rodgers had another outstanding week for the Engineers, averaging 20.5 points and 8.5 rebounds to go with seven assists, four steals and one block. He scored 18 against Coast Guard before erupting for a career-high 23, while narrowly missing a double double with nine boards, at Springfield. He had the final say for the Crimson and Gray in both contests as he canned a pair of freebies and punctuated Wednesday’s win with a dunk. He then went on to register the final seven points on Saturday.

WACBA Honor Roll (Men’s Basketball) Week Eight

By WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops

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Worcester State’s Paul Brooks netted his 1,000th point last weekend as the Lancers defeated Framingham State on the road. (PHOTO CREDIT: Worcester State University Athletics)

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 26.5 points, nine rebounds, three assists, two steals and 0.5 blocks per game in a 2-1 week for the Falcons. He netted 16 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals in a 101-66 win over MCLA on Wednesday before adding a game-best 37 points, 11 caroms, two assists, two steals and one block in an 87-83 triumph against Salem State on Saturday.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: DeAnte Bruton (Nichols | Fr. | New London, Conn.): Bruton averaged 18.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steals for the Bison last week. Bruton scored 14 points to go with eight boards and five assists in a home win over Salve Regina on Wednesday before netting a team-high 22 points (50.0 pct. shooting) at Wentworth on Saturday.

Men’s Basketball Milestone: Paul Brooks (Worcester St. | Sr. | Arlington, Mass.): Not only did the senior center average a double-double of 13.5 points and 11 rebounds this past week, but he also reached his 1,000th career point in the Lancers’ 59-55 win over Framingham State on Saturday. Brooks netted a team-high 18 points, going 8-for-13 from the floor, in his team’s setback to Bridgewater State earlier in the week, and then a game-high 15 rebounds and five blocks in the Framingham win.

Men’s Honor Roll:

Samuel Durodola (Becker | Jr. | Rosedale, N.Y.): Durodola recorded a pair of impressive performances last week, averaging 22.5 points, 12.0 rebounds, 2.0 blocks with 1.5 assists, while shooting 60 percent from the parquet. Against Daniel Webster last Thursday – a 67-62 win for the Hawks – the Rosedale, New York native posted a double-double of 18 points and a game-high 16 rebounds. Then on Saturday, Durodola finished with 27 points, eight rebounds and three blocks as the Hawks topped Mitchell, 80-67. Durodola, the NECC’s leading rebounder, has Becker in first place in the standings.

Chris Rodgers (WPI | Jr. | Franklin, Mass.): Rodgers had a career week for the Engineers, beginning with a career-best 21 points and a team-best seven rebounds to go with two assists, one steal and one block at Clark last Wednesday. On Saturday, Rodgers added 16 more points, five assists, four rebounds, one steal and one block against Wheaton. In all, the junior averaged 18.5 points and 5.5 rebounds to go with seven helpers, two blocks and two assists on the week.

 

WACBA Honor Roll (Men’s Basketball) Week Seven

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Becker College first-year Antonio White Jr. was tabbed this week’s WACBA Rookie of the Week. (PHOTO CREDIT: Becker College Athletics | Foley Photography)

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: Samuel Durodola (Becker College | Jr. | Rosedale, N.Y.): Samuel Durodola averaged 16.5 points, 13.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists this past week while shooting 52 percent from the floor. In Becker’s 72-71 win at Elms last Tuesday, Durodola scored the game-winning layup with two seconds left to lift the Hawks to a one-point victory. Facing Regis two days later, Durodola posted his fifth double-double of the season, scoring 24 points with 16 rebounds, a career-high six assists, two steals and one block. The junior has helped Becker to a 4-0 start in conference play.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Antonio White Jr. (Becker | Fr. | Middletown, Conn.): White had his best game of the season on Tuesday at Elms, scoring 24 points with 17 rebounds – both career highs – as Becker prevailed 72-71. For the week, White averaged 14 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game.

Men’s Honor Roll:

Declan Soukup (Assumption | Sr. | Melbourne, Australia): Soukup averaged 15.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game, while shooting 63.2 percent from the floor in a 0-2 week for the Hounds. The senior scored 13 points with two threes, five assists and three rebounds as his team lost 71-65 to Saint Rose. Soukup followed it up with 17 points, including 11 straight for Assumption in the second half to pull them back into the game. He added four rebounds as the Hounds erased a 15-point second-half deficit to tie the game in the final seconds before ultimately falling 80-78 at the buzzer.

Brendan Kittredge (Clark University | Soph. | Clinton, Mass.): In a huge 2-0 week for the Cougars, Kittredge averaged 13.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists. He shot 67 percent from the field (10-for-16) and 100 percent from the free throw line (5-for-5). In Clark’s first win at Emerson since the Lions became a conference member, Kittredge sparked a key run and finished with eight points, five rebounds and three assists. Then in a 95-85 win over Coast Guard, he scored a career-high 18 points and doled out five assists.

Jaleel Bell (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Dorchester, Mass.): Bell averaged 17.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.3 steals and one block per contest in three games for the Falcons this past week. He collected 13 points, six boards, two assists and one steal in an 84-59 setback to MIT on Monday before adding 23 points nine caroms, two assists and one steal in an 83-77 setback Bridgewater State on Wednesday. Bell concluded the week by registering 15 points, nine rebounds, two assists, four steals and three blocks in a 90-89 overtime win against Worcester State on Saturday.

Malachi Alexander (Holy Cross | Sr. | Bowie, Md.): Alexander began the week by posting 19 points and six rebounds in the victory over Lafayette. He followed that by leading the team with 15 points and four rebounds at Lehigh.

DeAnte Bruton (Nichols | Fr. | New London, Conn.): Bruton averaged 25.5 points per game for the Bison last week, scoring 30 against Eastern Nazarene on Wednesday and 21 against first-place Endicott three days later. Bruton, who also shot 49 percent from the field and snared 3.5 rebounds per game, sits second in the conference at 21.6 points per game.

Jamal Mustapha (Worcester State | Jr. | Worcester, Mass.): The junior guard scored 29 points while shooting 90% (9-of-10) from the field in Saturday’s 90-89 overtime loss to Fitchburg State. Mustapha also registered eight rebounds (four offensive) and three assists in the game.

Dave Zielinski (WPI | Jr. | Shelton, Conn.): Zielinski had a breakout week for the Engineers by making the best of his first two career starts by averaging 16 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.0 steals. He scored 11 points in 26 minutes against No. 1 Babson before draining a season-high seven trifectas against Emerson on Saturday.

Jake Wisniewski (WPI | Fr. | West Brookfield, Mass.): Wisniewski averaged 11.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 21 minutes per game for the Engineers. He notched nine points and five boards and two swipes at No. 1 Babson. On Saturday, the rookie totaled 14 points and eight rebounds in the Boynton Hillers’ first conference win of the season versus Emerson.

WACBA Honor Roll (Men’s Basketball) Week Six

 

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Fitchburg State’s Jaleel Bell wast tabbed 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.

Player of the Week: Jaleel Bell (Fitchburg St. | Sr. | Dorchester, Mass.): Bell averaged 22.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.7 steals per game in three contests for the Falcons last week. He registered 29 points (11-for-17), ten rebounds and four assists in an 88-81 setback to Westfield State on Wednesday before adding a game-best 29 points (11-of-17), nine caroms, two assists and one block in a 71-66 overtime win over Southern Vermont on Saturday afternoon.

Rookie of the Week: Tyler Dion (Nichols | Fr. | Barre, Mass.): Dion knocked 46 percent of his shots from downtown, including 12-of-25 over a two-game stretch, as the Bison went 3-0 and moved into sole possession of first place in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC). Dion averaged 16.3 points per game and recorded a career-high in back-to-back games, scoring 17 points in a win over Curry on Thursday before pouring in a team-high 23 points (7-of-13 FG) in a road win at UNE on Saturday. Dion also averaged 3.3 assist per game. 

Honor Roll:

Marcus Murray (Assumption | Sr. | Washington, D.C.): Murray helped Assumption snap an eight-game losing streak while averaging 21.5 points and 4.5 assists on 50 percent shooting from the floor and beyond the arc. The senior posted 22 points with six assists and three steals, and made 6 of 7 free throws as the Hounds earned a 77-72 win over American International. On Saturday, he scored 20 points and made four threes while grabbing three boards and dishing off three assists in a loss to Le Moyne.

Samuel Durodola (Becker | Jr. | Rosedale, N.Y.): Durodola scored 21 points with 11 rebounds in Becker’s 84-81 loss at Keene State.

Marcos Echevarria (Nichols | Soph. | Lynn, Mass.): Echevarria averaged 19.7 points per game, 5.3 assists per game and 3.7 steals per gams as the Bison improved to 6-0 in the conference with three wins last week. He opened the week by scoring 25 points in a road win at Gordon with the final two shots coming on a buzzer-beating layup to win the game. Two nights later, he dropped in 23 points in 23 minutes against Curry, and then scored 11 in a road win at UNE. Echevarria continues to lead the conference in scoring at 24.9 points per game.

Paul Brooks (Worcester St. | Sr. | Arlington, Mass.): The senior center averaged a double-double of 15.5 points and 11.0 rebounds per game in a 1-1 week for the Lancers. Brooks tallied 10 points and grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds in a 73-48 win over MCLA, and then picked up a team-best 21 points and 12 rebounds against Salem State. Brooks shot 53.6 percent from the field throughout the week.

Cal Howes (Worcester St. | Fr. | Maynard, Mass.): Howes averaged 10.5 points per game in a 1-1 week for the Lancers. He tallied nine points, three rebounds, and two assists in a 73-48 win over MCLA. He then shot 50 percent from the field and scored 12 points and turned away two Viking shots in his team’s loss to Salem State.

Sean Doncaster (WPI | Sr. | Medford, Mass.): Doncaster scored 16 points in each of WPI’s games last week. In addition to totaling team-bests of 16 points in each contest, Doncaster also paced the Engineers with for rebounds Wednesday and six Saturday.