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 Six

 

Jaleel Bell
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.

WACBA Honor Roll (Men’s Basketball) Week Five

WPI's Sean Doncaster was tabbed this week's WACBA Men's Player of the Week. (PHOTO CREDIT: Frank Poulin/WPI Athletics)
WPI’s Sean Doncaster was tabbed this week’s WACBA Men’s Player of the Week. (PHOTO CREDIT: Frank Poulin/WPI Athletics)

By WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

Ah, a new year has arrived, which means we’re back to reporting about basketball, specifically in the Worcester area. So, to kick-off another year (2017, to be exact!), here is this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Honor Roll.

Men’s Player of the Week: Sean Doncaster (WPI | Sr. | Medford, Mass.): Doncaster led the Engineers to a pair of victories last week by stuffing the stat sheets with 31 points, 14 rebounds, 11 assists and four steals in victories over Keene State and Eastern Nazarene. With WPI trailing by a point with less than a minute to go against the Owls, the senior drained the go-ahead triple before ending the contest with 13 points and eight boards. He continued shine from the outside versus Eastern Nazarene, nailing all four of his trifectas against the Lions, while scoring 20 points, grabbing six rebounds and dishing out a game-high six assists.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Cal Howes (Worcester State | Fr. | Maynard, Mass.): The first-year guard averaged 16 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in a 1-1 week for the Lancers. He scored 12 points in his team’s win over Sage before tallying 20 points in a 79-63 setback to Roger Williams.

Men’s Honor Roll:

Marcus Murray (Assumption | Sr. | Washington, D.C.): Murray had an impressive game for Assumption last Friday in a 70-68 loss to Molloy. The senior posted 19 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals while converting four of his six three-point attempts, as the Hounds nearly overcame an eight-point deficit in the final 40 seconds of regulation.

Kyle Credle (Becker | Sr. | Queens, N.Y.): Credle highlighted Becker’s come-from-behind victory over Gordon College last month, netting a game-high 24 points, while stuffing the stat sheet with seven caroms, four assists and three steals. Credle was clutch down the stretch, sinking a pair of free throws before drilling two triples and a jumper minutes later to help Becker defeat the Fighting Scots and enter the holiday break on a four-game winning streak.

Jaleel Bell (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Dorchester, Mass.): Bell netted 26 points on 10-of-17 shooting to go along with nine rebounds, eight assists and four steals in a 79-70 win over Brandeis University.

Marcos Echevarria (Nichols | Soph. | Lynn, Mass.): Echevarria poured in a team-high 27 points in a 104-73 win over Anna Maria last Friday. He knocked down six three-pointers and collected seven rebounds and four steals in 34 minutes.

DeAnte Bruton (Nichols | Fr. | New London, Conn.): Bruton filled the stat sheet with 19 points (8-of-13 from the field), three assists, two boards, and two swipes in a win over Anna Maria last Friday. He is averaging 21.9 points per game this season.

Paul Brooks (Worcester St. | Sr. | Arlington, Mass.): The senior center averaged 17 points, four rebounds, and four blocks per game in a 1-1 week for the Lancers. He scored 13 points against Sage and then netted a team-high 21 points against Roger Williams. Over the span of the two games, Brooks shot 80 percent from the field, sinking 16-of-20 buckets.

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.

Noontime Sports D3 Men’s Basketball Preseason Team

basketball-preseasonBy NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

The NCAA Division III Basketball season officially tips-off next Tuesday, November 15th and in honor of a brand new season, we’re dishing out our Noontime Sports D3 Men’s Basketball Preseason Team.

Congratulations to the student-athletes that landed on our inaugural team and best of luck this season!

Forwards/Centers

Jordan Cooper (Brandeis)

Jason Ganley (Wentworth)

Marcus Faison (Salem State)

David George (Amherst)

Hugh Lindo (East Conn.)

Isaiah Nelsen (Babson)

Ed Ogundeko (Trinity)

Tom Palleschi (Tufts)

Nick Portelance (UMass Dartmouth)

Jack Simonds (Bowdoin)

 

Guards

Daniel Aronowitz (Williams)

Jaleel Bell (Fitchburg State)

Jayde Dawson (Amherst)

Sean Doncaster (WPI)

Joey Flannery (Babson)

Bradley Jomard (MIT)

Johnny McCarthy (Amherst)

Matt Ozzella (Keene State)

Matt St. Amour (Middlebury)

Kamahl Walker (Endicott)