WACBA Men’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, February 11th, 2020)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation & @WACBAHoops 

Another week of college basketball in the Worcester area is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our tenth Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Honor Roll for the 2019-20 season.

Noontime Sports is proud to partner with WACBA for the seventh consecutive season to host the weekly honor roll, which will be seen every Tuesday throughout the current college basketball season. Each week, we will select a player and rookie of the week, as well as highlight various milestones, too.

Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more. 


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Anna Maria College’s Mike Rapoza averaged a double-double in back-to-back contests for the AMCATs last week. (PHOTO COURTESY: Anna Maria College Athletics)

Men’s Basketball Player of the Week: Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria College | Sr. | Charlton, Mass.): Rapoza helped the AMCATs win a pair of games last week by averaging a double-double of 29 points and 12 rebounds. The senior forward began the week by netting 20 points on 10 of 14 shooting while recording eight rebounds, two blocks, one assist, and one steal against Saint Joseph’s (Maine) before producing a team-high 38 points on 12 of 15 shooting to go with 16 rebounds, four assists, two blocks, and one steal against Johnson & Wales University.


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John Lowther averaged 9.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in a 2-0 week for WPI men’s basketball. (PHOTO COURTESY: WPI ATHLETICS)

Men’s Rookie of the Week: John Lowther (WPI | Fr.| Hingham MA): Lowther continued his recent strong play, averaging 9.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists as the Crimson and Gray won a pair of games last week to improve to 17-4 overall and 8-2 in league play. The first-year center connected on 7-of-11 (63.6%) shots from the floor and drained both of his 3-point attempts.


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Tyler Davern became the 29th player in Clark University men’s basketball program history to net 1,000 points last weekend against Babson College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Clark University Athletics)

Men’s Basketball Milestone of the Week: Tyler Davern (Clark University | Jr. |Webster, Mass.): Davern was a player to watch last week for the Cougars, averaging 23.5 points and 10.0 rebounds in back-to-back games while becoming the 29th member of the Clark University men’s basketball program to net 1,000 points. The third-year forward reached 1,000 points this past Saturday against Babson College when he registered 24 points to go with nine rebounds in 35 minutes. Three days earlier against WPI, Davern produced 23 points on 9 of 14 shooting to go with 11 rebounds, one assist, and one block.


Men’s WACBA Honor Roll | Tuesday, February 11th, 2020

Malik Brown (Assumption College | RS-Jr. | Waldorf, Md.): Brown finished the week with a total of 32 points in two games. He started the week with 10 points and five rebounds in a setback to Saint Anselm before leading the Hounds with 22 points and nine rebounds at Southern New Hampshire on Saturday.

Mateus Ribeiro (Becker College | Jr. | Sao Paulo, Brazil): Ribeiro continued to produce for the Hawks this past week, averaging 11.5 points per game with 8.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 3.5 steals over two games.

Devon Johnson (Fitchburg State | Soph. | Washington, D.C.): Johnson averaged 13 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals per contest for the Falcons. He totaled a career-best 20 points, ten rebounds, seven assists, and two steals in an 83-80 setback to MCLA on Wednesday before adding six points, two caroms, three assists and four steals in a 72-55 loss to Westfield State on Saturday.

Jaekwon Spencer (Nichols College | Soph. | Bristol, Conn.): Spencer poured in a career-high 26 points on 11-of-12 shooting (.917 FG pct.) in a win over Salve Regina this past Saturday at the Nichols Athletic Center. Spencer was also a perfect 3-for-3 from downtown and also collected five rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 28 minutes.

Corey Olivier (Worcester State | So. | Maynard, Mass.): In a 1-1 week for the Lancers, Olivier averaged a team-high 18.5 points per game while averaging 6.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game with an assist to turnover ratio of 1.6.

Kahleb Downing (WPI | Jr. | Middletown, Conn.): During a 2-0 week for the Engineers, the junior point guard doled out 17 assists while committing just two turnovers. Downing averaged 11.5 points, 8.5 assists, and 6.0 rebounds while shooting 50% from the floor and an eye-popping 54.5% from 3-point land. In a 90-81 victory over Coast Guard Academy this past Saturday, the junior flirted with a triple-double, notching 20 points while dishing out eight assists and hauling in seven rebounds.


Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more. 

WACBA Men’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, Nov. 19th, 2019)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation & @WACBAHoops 

Another season of college basketball in the Worcester area has officially begun, which means it is time to unveil our initial Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Honor Roll for the 2019-20 season.

Noontime Sports is proud to sponsor with WACBA for the seventh consecutive season to host the weekly honor roll, which will be seen every Tuesday throughout the current college basketball season. Each week, we will select a player and rookie of the week, as well as highlight various milestones, too.

Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more. 


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DeAnte Bruton moved into fifth place on the all-time scoring list at Nichols College this past weekend. (PHOTO COURTESY: Nichols College Athletics)

MBB POW: DeAnte Bruton (Nichols College | Sr. | New London, Conn.): Bruton averaged 25.0 points, 5.5 assists, and 5.5 rebounds while being named the MVP of the Ted Coghlin Memorial Tournament this past weekend at WPI. Bruton netted 17 points in a win over Eastern Connecticut State on Friday, then poured in 33 points to go with seven assists, five boards, and three steals in 40 minutes of action in a win over New England College. In the process, Bruton moved into sole possession of fifth-place on the all-time scoring list at Nichols.


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Isiah Gaiter has enjoyed a successful start to his collegiate career with Assumption College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Assumption College Athletics)

Men’s Basketball Rookie of the Week: Isiah Gaiter (Assumption College | Fr. | Meriden, Conn.): Gaiter is the Greyhounds’ fourth top scorer after four games this season, averaging 9.5 points per contest. He has recorded 14 rebounds in four games, too, to go along with 13 assists and a team-high seven steals. He is averaging 15.4 points per 40 minutes and is shooting 50 percent (13-26) from the field and 83.3 percent (10-12) from the free-throw line.


Men’s Basketball Milestone: Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria College | Sr. | Charlton, MA): Rapoza has enjoyed a successful start to his final season with the AMCATs by recording four consecutive double-doubles, including 22 points and 19 rebounds earlier this month against Salem State University. His impressive effort against the Vikings helped him reach 1,000-points and 1,000 rebounds.

Men’s Basketball Milestone: Tyler Dion (Worcester State | Sr. | Barre, Mass.): Dion got off to a quality start to his senior season, averaging 15.3 points per game in the year’s first four contests. Dion’s strongest outing of the week came in the consolation game of the Williams College Tip-Off Tournament when he scored 24 points while reaching the 1,000-point plateau. Dion netted 594 points as a member of the Nichols College men’s basketball program before transferring to Worcester State prior to his junior season.


Matthew Kelly (Assumption College | Jr. | North Potomac, Md.): Kelly has scored 82 points in four contests this season while leading the Greyhounds in points per game (20.5). He has contributed 18 assists and has pulled down 16 rebounds. He is currently shooting 45.2 percent (14-31) from behind the arc and 72.7 percent (8-11) from the free-throw line.

Mateus Ribeiro (Becker College | Jr. | Sao Paulo, Brazil): Ribeiro had a strong open to his 2019-2020 season, averaging 16.0 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game over four games. The third-year player shot 49.1 percent from the floor over that stretch, leading the Hawks to a 2-2 record. Ribeiro was named to the All-Tournament team of the Buffalo Wild Wings Classic hosted by Stevenson University for his play this past weekend.

Tyler Davern (Clark University | Jr. | Webster, Mass.): In four contests this season, Davern has averaged 22.5 points and 9.8 rebounds. He recently netted a career-high 36 points to go along with 13 rebounds last Friday in his team’s 80-70 win over the University of Maine at Presque Isle before posting a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds in a 75-65 setback to Wesleyan University.

Nicholas Tracy (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Indianapolis, Ind.): Tracy averaged 22.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists, two steals and one block per game in a 3-0 start for the Falcons. Tracy netted 29 points, eight rebounds, one assist, two steals and a block in an 83-74 season-opening victory against Lasell College. He then added 24 points, seven boards, two assists, two steals, and two blocks in a 90-79 triumph over Clark University on Wednesday before notching 14 points, eight rebounds, one assist and two steals in an 81-80 victory over Dean College on Saturday.

Garrett Stephenson (WPI | Jr. | Townsend, Mass.): Stephenson has been the Crimson and Gray’s leading scorer through three contests with 42 points on 18 of 29 shooting (6 of 10 from the charity stripe). He also leads the team with 27 rebounds. Stephenson’s best outing of the season came this past weekend when netted a season-high 20 points on 10 of 12 shooting while adding eight rebounds (two offensive caroms) and two assists in an 88-63 win over Eastern Nazarene.

 

 

WACBA Reveals 2018-19 All-Star Selections

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By WACBA Hoops | @WACBAHoops 

WORCESTER, Mass. – Nichols College senior Marcos Echevarria and Holy Cross junior Lauren Manis have repeated as the Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Players of the Year, as revealed on Wednesday in Jen Toland’s weekly college column.

The announcement also features the annual All-Stars, Rookies of the Year and Coaches of the Year as voted upon by sports information directors or primary contacts from each of the nine NCAA schools in Worcester County, including Division I Holy Cross and Division II Assumption College, as well as members of the local media.

Echevarria claimed the hardware for the third consecutive year while it was also a threepeat for the Bison with first-year head coach Scott Faucher earning Coach of the Year accolades. Assumption’s Cal Connelly, meanwhile, became the second Greyhound in as many years to secure Rookie of the Year honors. For the women, Manis narrowly missed out on a perfect ballot while fellow Crusader Avery LaBarbera was named as the Rookie of the Year, and Worcester State’s Karen Tessmer was selected as the Coach of the Year.

Nichols’ DeAnte Bruton and Matt Morrow joined Echevarria on the first team, as did Anna Maria’s Mike Rapoza, Becker’s Kareem Davis, and Holy Cross’ Jehyve Floyd. The second team was comprised of Fitchburg State’s Nicholas Tracy, Worcester State’s Tyler Dion, Assumption’s Matthew Kelley, Clark’s Tyler Davern, and WPI’s Jake Wisniewski and Reid Walker.

Manis and LaBarbera along with Worcester State’s Brittany Herring, Assumption’s Morgan O’Donnell, Fitchburg State’s Angelina Marazzi, and Becker’s Adrianna Dowdy were named to the first team. Clark’s Ogechi Ezemma, Anna Maria’s Amber Wilson, Becker’s Cassidy Harrison, Fitchburg State’s Catherine Coppinger, as well as, Worcester State’s Catherine Sweeney and Kaitlyn Berkel landed on the second team.

This year’s Paul N. Johnson and Pat Oroszko Courage Award recipients will be announced at a later date.

WACBA (Worcester Area College Basketball Association) is an organization billed as “one of its kind in the country” featuring nine colleges, 18 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 County Area.

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 MEN‘S ALL-STARS

Player of the Year: Marcos Echevarria (Lynn, Mass.), Nichols (third consecutive)
Rookie of the Year: Cal Connelly (Rochester, N.H.), Assumption (back-to-back for Greyhounds)
Coach of the Year: Scott Faucher, Nichols (third consecutive for a Bison head coach)

First Team
Nichols College Marcos Echevarria*# Lynn, Mass. Sr.
Nichols College DeAnte Bruton*# New London, Conn. Jr.
Anna Maria Mike Rapoza*# Charlton, Mass Jr.
Becker College Kareem Davis^# Lowell, Mass. Sr.
Holy Cross Jehyve Floyd# Sayreville, N.J. Sr.
Nichols College Matt Morrow Leicester, Mass. So.
Second Team
Fitchburg State Nicholas Tracy Indianapolis, Ind. Jr.
Worcester State Tyler Dion Barre, Mass. Jr.
WPI Jake Wisniewski West Brookfield, Mass. Jr.
WPI Reid Walker Lithia, Fla. So.
Assumption College Matthew Kelly& No. Potomac, Md. So.
Clark University Tyler Davern Webster, Mass. So.

 WOMEN‘S ALL-STARS

Player of the Year: Lauren Manis (Franklin, Mass.), Holy Cross (back-to-back)
Rookie of the Year:
 Avery LaBarbera, Holy Cross
Coach of the Year: 
Karen Tessmer, Worcester State

First Team
Holy Cross Lauren Manis*# Franklin, Mass. Jr.
Worcester State Brittany Herring*# West Brookfield, Mass. Sr.
Assumption College Morgan O’Donnell# Easton, Mass. Sr.
Fitchburg State Angelina Marazzi& Manchester, N.H. Jr.
Holy Cross Avery LaBarbera Harrison, N.Y. Fr.
Becker College Adrianna Dowdy& East Haven, Conn. Sr.
Second Team
Clark University Ogechi Ezemma*& Hope Valley, R.I. Sr.
Anna Maria Amber Wilson New York, N.Y. So.
Becker College Cassidy Harrison*# Foxborough, Mass. Jr.
Worcester State Catherine Sweeney& Lowell, Mass. Jr.
Worcester State Kaitlyn Berkel Waterford, Conn. Sr.
Fitchburg State Catherine Coppinger Boston, Mass. Jr.

* 2017 First Team
^ 2017 Second Team
# 2018 First Team
& 2018 Second Team

WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week 11 (Jan. 29th)

WACBABy WACBA Hoops | @WACBAHoops 

WORCESTER – With another week of Worcester basketball in the books, it’s now time to unveil our latest Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Basketball Honor Roll, which includes our men’s player and rookie of the week.

Make sure to stay connected with @WACBAHoops today on Twitter for game results, news and more.

Springfield College and Becker College

Becker College senior Kareem Davis turned in a trio of impressive performances last week for the Hawks. (PHOTO COURTESY: Becker College Athletics)

Men’s Basketball Co-Player of the Week: Kareem Davis (Becker College| Sr.| Lowell, Mass.): Davis continued to demonstrate why he was one of the most dynamic players in the region this past week, as he averaged 35.5 points per game in two games. The senior captain shot 60 percent from the floor, 57.1 percent from behind the arc and 86.7 percent from the free throw line. During last Tuesday’s 107-85 victory at Lesley University, Davis poured in a career-high 40 points with three steals. Facing Eastern Nazarene on Thursday, Davis became Becker’s all-time leading scorer with his 31-point outburst, passing Samuel Durodola, who concluded his career with the Blue and White last winter with 1,699 points.

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Matt Morrow averaged a double-double in a pair of conference games last week for Nichols College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Nichols College Athletics)

Men’s Co-Player of the Week: Matt Morrow (Nichols College | So. | Leicester, Mass.): Morrow shot 68 percent from the field last week while averaging a double-double with 19.0 points and 13.5 rebounds as the Bison went 2-0 and remained atop their conference standings. Morrow collected 10 points, 14 rebounds, two assists, and two steals in a road win at Endicott College last Tuesday before filling the stat sheet with 28 points, 13 rebounds, and two assists in a win at Salve Regina on Saturday.

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In a pair of games last week, Cal Connelly averaged 12.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Cal Connelly (Assumption College | Fr. | Rochester, N.H.): Connelly came through for Assumption in a 1-1 week, averaging 12.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game while shooting 50 percent from the floor. The forward posted 16 points, five rebounds, one steal and one block in an 11-point win over American International College, before concluding the week with eight points, three rebounds and three assists in a loss to Saint Rose.

Chris Cardoso (Worcester State | So. | Jamaica Plain, Mass.): Cardoso averaged 16 points and 6.6 rebounds in a trio of games last week as the Lancers went 1-2 with their lone win coming against Westfield State last Thursday. The sophomore guard tallied 11 points or more in all three games with his biggest output coming against the Owls with 24 points on 8 of 14 shooting while finishing the game with seven rebounds, one assist, and one steal. For the week, Cardoso recorded 48 points, 20 rebounds, nine assists, and five steals.

Tyler Davern (Clark University | So. | Webster, Mass.): In a pair of games last week against MIT and Springfield, the sophomore forward averaged 13.5 points and 7.5 rebounds. Against MIT, Davern tallied nine points and six rebounds before netting 18 points on 8 of 14 shooting in a 61-53 setback to Springfield. Davern concluded his team’s game against the Pride one rebound short of a double-double as he collected nine caroms while tallying one steal and one block.

Andre Ruff (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Chicago, Ill.): Ruff averaged 15.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, three assists and three steals per contest over three games for the Falcons. He posted 20 points, three rebounds, one assist and two steals in a 79-77 win over Westfield State on Tuesday before adding 16 points, two boards, six assists and five steals in a 95-90 setback to Bridgewater State on Thursday. The junior concluded the week with nine points, five caroms, two assists and two steals in a 68-67 loss to Framingham State on Saturday.

Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria College | Jr. | Charlton, Mass.): In just one contest last week, the Charlton native poured in a team-high 20 points on 10 of 14 shooting, while also recording a game-high 15 rebounds, including six offensive caroms.

Austin Butler (Holy Cross | So. | Latrobe, Pa.): Butler averaged 16.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game on the week. After posting 11 points and six rebounds at Army, the sophomore totaled 22 points, three rebounds and three steals in the victory over Navy. He scored 17 of his points against the Midshipmen in the second half and received the Martin J. O’Malley Award as the MVP of Holy Cross’ Winter Homecoming game.

Matthew Kelly (Assumption College | Soph. | North Potomac, Md.): In a 1-1 week for the Hounds, Kelly averaged 21.0 points with 3.5 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game while shooting 57.7 percent from the floor and making 9 of 14 three-point attempts. The sophomore had 16 points and four rebounds in an 11-point win over American International College before tallying 26 points, seven assists and four steals in a tight seven-point loss to Saint Rose.

Ethan Harrell (WPI | So. | Wexford, Pa.): Harrell averaged 19 points and seven rebounds while totaling three assists, three blocks and a steal in the Engineers’ 2-0 week. After exploding for a career-high 26 points on 10-15 shooting, including 4-6 from beyond the arc, against Springfield College, the sophomore posted 12 points and a career-best nine rebounds at Wheaton College last Saturday.

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WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week 10 (Jan. 23rd)

WACBABy WACBA Hoops | @WACBAHoops 

WORCESTER – With another week of Worcester basketball in the books, it’s now time to unveil our latest Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Basketball Honor Roll, which includes our men’s player and rookie of the week.

Make sure to stay connected with @WACBAHoops today on Twitter for game results, news and more.

Springfield College and Becker College

Becker College senior Kareem Davis turned in a trio of impressive performances last week for the Hawks. (PHOTO COURTESY: Becker College Athletics)

Men’s Basketball Player of the Week: Kareem Davis (Becker College| Sr.| Lowell, Mass.): Davis averaged 21.7 points, 4.7 steals, 3.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game over three games last week. First, against New England College on Tuesday, he finished with 19 points and five steals. In Thursday’s 84-56 victory at Elms College, Davis poured in 32 points, shooting 50 percent from the floor and 40 percent from behind the arc. Finally, against Newbury College on Saturday, Davis finished with 14 points.

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Assumption College’s Michael Speight shined last week against Pace University. (PHOTO COURTESY: Assumption College Athletics)

Men’s Basketball Rookie of the Week: Michael Speight (Assumption College| Fr. | Morningside, Md.): Speight was solid for the Hounds in a tough three-point loss last week against Pace University. The first-year totaled 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting with three rebounds in 27 minutes of action.

Chris Cardoso (Worcester St. | So.| Jamaica Plain, Mass.): Cardoso went off for 21 points on 8-for-11 shooting, including 3-for-4 from beyond the arc in the Lancers’ loss at Fitchburg State last Saturday. The sophomore also grabbed four rebounds, dished out three assists, and recorded one steal.

Tyler Davern (Clark University | So. | Webster, Mass.): Davern put up a team-high 34 points this past week. He started with 27 points in an overtime setback to Coast Guard Academy last Wednesday, while adding eight rebounds. On Saturday, Davern put up seven points and added three steals in a setback to WPI at home.

Colin McNamara (WPI | So.| Arlington, Mass.): The sophomore notched double-digit scoring in both games last week, including a career-high 18 points against Clark University last Saturday. On Wednesday against Emerson College, McNamara netted 11 points, along with five rebounds and five assists.

Jonathan Perez (Fitchburg St.| Sr.|Lowell, Mass.): Perez averaged 17.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals per contest in a 2-0 week for the Falcons. The senior posted 19 points, seven rebounds, one assist and one steal in a 98-79 victory against MCLA last Wednesday before adding 16 points, four caroms, two assists and two steals in a 78-74 triumph over Worcester State on Saturday.

Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria College | Jr. | Charlton, Mass.): Rapoza scored 28 points against Suffolk University before netting 17 against Rivier University. He also tallied 17 rebounds, 6 blocks, 4 assists, and 2 steals last week, as well.

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