Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Honor Roll (Week 13)


WORCESTER, Mass. – With yet another week of college basketball in Worcester County in the books, it is time to dole out this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Honor Roll, including players and rookies of the week.

Men’s Player of the Week: Scott Dulaire (Becker, Jr./Bloomfield, Conn.): Dulaire averaged 25.8 points per game as the Hawks went 4-0 in NECC action this past week. Dulaire also averaged 9.3 boards per game. After scoring a career high 26 points against Wheelock on Monday, Dulaire beat his career high on Thursday with a 32 point performance on Thursday against Daniel Webster. Dulaire match his output on Saturday with yet another 32 point showing against Mitchell College.  Dulaire finished the week with 103 points, shooting 69% percent from the field. Dulaire also had five steals and four blocks.

Tyler Delorey (Anna Maria, Jr./Worcester, Mass.): Delorey had a monster week for the AMCATS, averaging 23.5 points per game on a 54.8 percent effort from the floor. He scored a career-high 34 points in Anna Maria’s seven-point loss to Albertus Magnus on Saturday, shooting 12-for-17 (70.6 percent) from the floor with two three-pointers and a percent eight-for-eight effort from the free-throw line. Additionally, Delorey added 8.5 rebounds on the week.

Women’s Player of the Week: Julie Frankian (Worcester State, Sr./Millbury, MA): Averaged 25.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals in a 2-0 week for Worcester State including 26 points, six boards and two swipes in a 61-48 win over Fitchburg State before she notched 24 points with six caroms and four trifectas in a 74-50 victory over Framingham State. Hit .485 of her shots for the week (14-29) and went .842 from the line (16-19) helping the Lancers clinch a home game in opening round of the MASCAC Tournament.

Christina Gauvin (Anna Maria, So./ Dudley, Mass.): Gauvin scored a career-high 26 points in Saturday’s 81-68 win against Albertus Magnus, shooting 71.4 percent from the floor (10-for-14) with two three-pointers and four free-throws. On the week, Gauvin averaged 15.5 points per game on a 60.0 percent shooting effort. Gauvin also added 2.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game in the 1-1 week.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Katie Doherty (Holy Cross, Fr./Holbrook, N.Y.): Doherty had another solid week for the Crusaders in helping them pick up two Patriot League wins. She averaged 9.0 points, 4.5 assists and 3.0 rebounds last week, while connecting on 46.7 percent of her field goals (7-15) and 40.0 percent of her three-pointers (2-5). In the win over Lafayette on Wednesday, she totaled 10 points, three rebounds and a game-high six assists. Against Navy on Saturday, she posted eight points, three boards and three helpers. The only Holy Cross player to start in all 29 games this season; Doherty is averaging 6.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. She currently ranks ninth in the Patriot League with a .348 three-point percentage and is 14th in three-pointers per game (1.1) and 15th in assists per game.

Honor Roll:

Emily Parker (Holy Cross, Sr./Johnston, Iowa): Parker played a pivotal role in helping the Crusaders pick up two wins last week over Lafayette and Navy. She averaged 11.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game, while shooting at a 50.0 percent clip from the floor (9-18. In the team’s win over Lafayette on Wednesday, Parker recorded her fifth career double-double and first of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Against Navy on Saturday, she tallied 12 points and seven boards, and received the Rev. George L. O’Brien Award as the game’s most valuable player in the winter homecoming contest. Parker had a crucial assist in the waning minutes against Navy to put Holy Cross ahead 46-41 with 1:59 on the clock, and with the Crusaders on top 46-44 late in the contest, she knocked down a 12-foot jump shot with 20 seconds on the clock to lift the Crusaders to the four-point win over the Mids.

Malcolm Miller (Holy Cross, Sr./ Laytonsville, Md.): Miller led the Crusaders with a career-high 25 points at Lafayette, to go along with eight rebounds, three assists and three steals. He added 11 points, five rebounds and three blocks at Navy. Miller connected on 57.1 percent of his field goals on the week, including 50.0 percent from three-point range.

Kamali Bey (Assumption, So. /Springfield, Mass.): Bey led the Hounds with 19 points per game last week to go along with 6.5 rebounds while shooting 50 percent from the field and a perfect 10-for-10 at the free throw line. Highlighting his week was a 23-point effort at home vs. Saint Anselm.

Jaclyn Storey (Assumption, So./ Cumberland, Maine): In two games, Storey averaged a team-best 16 points to go along with 7.5 rebounds per game in a 1-1 week. Storey was also 8-for-9 at the free throw line for the week and shot 60 percent from the field.

Donovin Ford-Hayes (Becker, Sr./Windsor Lock, Conn.): Ford-Hayes became the 16th men’s basketball player in program history to score his 1,000th career point. He is the 9th player since Becker joined the NCAA in 1998 to reach the 1,000-point mark and six player since Brian Gorman took over the program.

Domenick Mastascusa (WPI, Sr./ North Reading, Mass.): Mastascusa averaged 15 points and eight rebounds as the Engineers won a pair of games last week to secure the second seed in the upcoming NEWMAC Tournament.  The senior tallied 12 points and nine rebounds in a road win at Wheaton before sharing game-high honors with 18 points to go along with seven boards in a triumph over Clark.  Mastascusa drained 60.9% (14-of-23) field goals in the two victories.

Ama Biney (WPI, Fr./ Worcester, Mass.): Biney totaled 20 points, eight rebounds and three steals as WPI split a pair of road games last week to finish the regular season with a 16-9 record.

Nani Perez (Worcester State, Fr./Worcester, MA/Holy Name): Averaged 8.0 points, 5.5 assists and 3.5 rebounds in a 2-0 week for Worcester State which included 11 points and seven helpers in a 74-50 victory over Framingham State.

Charles Gunter (Worcester State, Sr./Boston, MA): Averaged 13.5 points. 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals in a 1-1 week for Worcester State which includes a game-best 22 points with six rebounds and two swipes in a 58-56 triumph over Fitchburg State.

Laura Cote (Fitchburg State, Sr./ Ashby, Mass.): Cote averaged 17 points over two games for Fitchburg State during the week, while shooting 44.8% from the field. The senior guard had 12 points in the Falcons setback to Worcester State on Tuesday, while contributing a game-high 22 points on Saturday in the loss to Westfield

Mass. College Hoops: Anna Maria Falls Short In GNAC Championship


Courtesy of the Anna Maria College sports information department, here’s this evening’s release from the men’s basketball game this afternoon. The AMCATs fell short of winning a Great Northeast Athletic Conference crown as Albertus Magnus defeated the hosts:

PAXTON, Mass. (02.23.13) – Junior Darius Watson (New Britain, CT) scored 34 points and grabbed 12 rebound to led the #2 seed Albertus Magnus men’s basketball team to an 87-80 victory over #1 seed Anna Maria College in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Championship on Saturday afternoon at the Fuller Activities Center.

With the win the Falcons (24-4) become the first team since Norwich University in ’04-05, ’05-06 to win back-to-back conference titles, while the AMCATS snap a 17-game winning streak and drop to 20-8.

Anna Maria’s Anthony Click (Springfield, MA) and Brad Peterson (North Kingstown, RI) each notched double-doubles for the AMCATS. The senior captain poured in a team-high17 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, dished out 5 assists and made 3 steals, number 40 also notched 17 points on 7-for-13 shooting and pulled down 11 boards. Starters Joseph Barillo (Dania Beach, FLA) and Javier Bristol (Haverhill, MA) each added 10 points for the AMCATS in the loss.

Pacing the Falcons, senior Jefferson Lora (Bronx, NY) contributed 11 points and 9 rebounds while freshman James Jennings (Stratford, CT) also scored in double figures adding 17 points on 4-for-9 from beyond the three point mark.

The AMCATS started slow out of the gates as Albertus opened with consecutive baskets by Lora and Jennings for a quick 5-0 lead. Anna Maria then responded with a 12-0 run en route to a 12-5 advantage with 13:47 on the clock. Click was instrumental during the run, accounting for nine of the AMCATS’ twelve points.

Albertus stopped the run with a jumper in the paint by Lora to cut the deficit to 12-7 but again the AMCATS responded with a strong 8-1 run for a 20-8 advantage and their biggest lead of the game with just over ten minutes to play in the half.

The Falcons would chip away at the lead answering with a 14-2 streak to tie the game at 22-all with 5:08 remaining in the first stanza. The teams would trade baskets down the stretch, with Watson scoring eight of the final ten points of the half for Albertus. Anna Maria countered with a trifecta from Barillo and a pair of Hugh Daye (Worcester, MA) free-throws to carry a 36-32 lead into intermission.

Trailing to start the second half, Albertus outscored the AMCATS 8-2 and with 17:20 to play in the game we had a tied ballgame at 40-40.  Bristol hit a jumper in the paint to gain the two point advantage for the AMCATS but Jennings responded with a NBA 3-pointer to give the Falcons their first lead of the second half at 43-42.

AMCAT Joey Barillo sank a trey of his own and Click hit one-of-two from the charity stripe to push the AMCATS ahead 48-46. On the ensuing play Watson, after being fouled underneath, sank two freebies to tie the game at 48-48 with 14 minutes still to play. The two teams traded buckets and were still tied 63-63 with 6:57 remaining.

With 6:19 ticks on the clock, the Falcons then erupted to score eleven unanswered points, opening up a 12-point cushion at 77-65. Albertus’ Watson was a key factor in the run, contributing 6 points, while Jennings added the other five.

Anna Maria refused to go quietly; five consecutive free throws from Daye, Tyler Delorey (Worcester, MA) and Click cut the Falcon lead to 81-76 with just under a minute to  play but AMCATS couldn’t get any closer than five points finally falling 87-80 to the visiting Falcons.

Anna Maria held the slight shooting advantage on the night 43.8% to Albertus’ 40.3%. Albertus connected on ten three-pointers to just three for the AMCATS. Anna Maria out rebounded the Falcons 46-41.

With the win Albertus qualifies for the NCAA Division III tournament, selection announcement is set for Monday afternoon at 12:30pm. Anna Maria will wait until Monday evening for an ECAC Tournament invitation.

Mass. College Hoops: Anna Maria Tops Emmanuel, Extends Streak To 14 Games


Courtesy of our friends from Anna Maria College’s sports information department, here’s this evening release about the men’s basketball team that topped Emmanuel College and extended their current winning streak to 14:

PAXTON, Mass.–  The Anna Maria College men’s basketball team defeated Great Northeast Athletic Conference opponent Emmanuel College, 90-67, at the Fuller Activities Center on Tuesday night, as AMC senior Anthony Click (Springfield, MA) filled the stat sheet with 25 points, four rebounds, two assists, and a block. With the win the AMCATS improve to 16-7 (14-2 GNAC) and extend their current win streak to 14-games. AMC ties the school record for consecutive victories (14) set twice in previous seasons (91’-92, 92-93). Emmanuel drops to 4-18 on the season and 4-11 in conference play.

Click, the reigning GNAC Player of the Week, moved into third place on the AMCATS all-time scoring list with 25 points tonight his career total now sits at 1,677 points. He moved past Matthew Brennan (1677pts.) and is now only trailing Michael Cagle (1785) and the AMC all-time leading scorer John Patraitis (2434 pts.).

Also having big numbers for the AMCATS, senior Javier Bristol (Haverhill, MA) knocked down 17 points while collecting a game-high 9 rebounds and junior Joseph Barillo (Dania Beach, FL) also scored in double figures, notching 14 points in 30 minutes of play.

The Saints were paced by Xavier Everson who led all scorers with 30 points and 4 boards while senior Connor Morgan chipped in with 13 points, 4 rebounds and two steals.

With the game tied 10-10 at the 14:39 mark, Emmanuel received back-to-back baskets by Morgan and Everson to grab an early 4-point advantage. The AMCATS battled back, and with a Barillo basket from beyond the arc to finish off an AMC 16-7 run the deficit had turned into a 28-21 lead with 7 minutes left until intermission. Anna Maria would take a 13-point advantage 46-33 into the locker room.

Click led a first half scores with 14 points, while teammate Barillo finished the first stanza with 13 points. Anna Maria shot a blistering 66.7% from the field, converting 18-of-27 from the floor, while Emmanuel shot 44.4% from the field in the first half.

After Anna Maria built a 56-40 lead just four minutes into the second half, the Saints clawed their way back into the game going on a 9-2 run, cutting the AMC lead to 58-49. The AMCATS responded strong, going on a 15-4 run, with baskets from sophomore Hugh Daye (Worcester, MA), senior Jose Pena (Lawrence, MA) and an exclamation point dunk from freshman Tyler Delorey (Worcester, MA), to build a 73-53 lead. The Saints would never recover as Anna Maria pulled away for a 90-67 victory.

Anna Maria will close out the regular season on Saturday afternoon when they host Mt. Ida College for a 3:00 pm tilt. There will be a pre-game ceremony to honor the senior class. Emmanuel heads to Lasell College on Thursday night for a 7:30 pm GNAC match-up.

Mass. College Hoops: Anna Maria Stuns No. 19 Albertus Magnus, 97-88


Courtesy of Anna Maria College’s sports information department, here’s today release pertaining toward the men’s basketball team, which handed Albertus Magnus its first GNAC (Great Northeast Atlantic Conference) loss of the season:

Paxton, MA (01.21.13) – The Anna Maria College men’s basketball team downed Albertus Magnus College, the 19th ranked team in NCAA Division III, 97-88 in Great Northeast Athletic Conference action today at The Fuller Activities Center Anthony Click (Springfield, MA), Bradley Peterson (N. Kingstown, RI) and Joseph Barillo (Dania Beach, FL) made major contributions, teaming up to score 61 points combined. With the upset win Anna Maria’s record improved to 9-7 on the year and 7-2 in the GNAC. Albertus received their first loss in conference play, dropping to 10-1 in the GNAC and 15-2 overall.

The opening half of the contest saw both teams trading baskets but unable to gain the upper hand on the scoreboard. Anthony Click, a senior forward, played a well-rounded first half, scoring 9 points and grabbing 3 boards while also dishing out 5 assists. Post grad forward Bradley Peterson played a major role in keeping the game close, scrambling for rebounds on both sides of the court and knocking down key jump shots on his way to 9 points and 4 rebounds in the first half.

To no one’s surprise, the high octane Falcons’ offense was more than able to keep pace with the phenomenal play of the AMCATS. Darius Watson (New Britain, CT), a junior guard for the visiting Falcons, led both teams with 10 first half points and 4 rebounds. Senior guard Arshad Jackson (Hartford, CT) scored 8 points on 3-5 shooting from the field.Sophomore guard Lemar Larsen (Waterbury, CT) and senior guard James Economopolous (Wallingford, CT) each contributed 7 points to the Albertus Magnus’ effort.

AMCATS’ freshman Tyler Delorey (Worcester, MA) also had a significant impact in the first stanza, single handedly pulling in 8 rebounds in the first half and leading Anna Maria to a 25-18 advantage off of the glass. He ended up finishing with 5 points, but led the team with 10 rebounds. Despite the rebounding advantage, the Falcons still went in to the locker room at the half leading 43-42 after shooting an impressive 51.9% from the field.

It seemed highly improbable for both teams to actually be able to continue the offensive output of the first half, but they somehow managed to increase the pace, easily beating their scoring in the first half. Watson continued his magnificent play, ending the game with a game high 29 points and 6 rebounds. James Jennings (Stratford, CT) scored 12 second half points, including 3 three pointers, on his way to 15 points total. Larsen finished up with a 10 point and 10 rebound double double.

The Falcons’ Jennings opened up the second half with a basket, however Anna Maria’s Peterson responded with six of the next eight AMCATS points to tie the match at 50-50, with 16 minutes to play.  The teams traded baskets over the next few minutes and when Peterson dunked at 13:28 the game was tied for the eighth time at 58-58.

Anna Maria pushed the lead to five, 68-63, when Hugh Daye hit Barillo crosscourt for the fast break layup in the paint with 10:29 on the clock. Upset with a defensive foul, Albertus’ head coach Mitch Oliver received his second technical of the game and was ejected at 8:22 with his team down 72-70, the AMCATS would never trail again. Albertus Magnus would knot the game at 81 apiece with a Julian Sanders jumper with 4:49 to play but the Falcons could not push ahead. Three quick baskets by Anna Maria’s Click, Bristol and Barillo put the AMCATS ahead 87-81, a lead they would never relinquish.

Sophomore guard Hugh Daye (Worcester, MA) came off of the bench providing a huge emotional spark and, even more importantly, a huge offensive outburst. He finished the game with 10 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds. It was the continued output of Click, Barillo and Peterson that gave Anna Maria the edge. Click stuffed the stats with 22 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists on 9-15 shooting. Peterson ended with a strong 20 and 9, and Barillo dropped 19 points and grabbed 6 boards.

In a game where all other stats were virtually neck and neck, rebounding remained to be the key to the AMCATS’ victory this afternoon. They were able to pull in 52 boards, 20 of which came on the offensive end. This allowed the AMCATS to take 20 more shots than the Falcons’, a number of which fell for them.

The Anna Maria College Men’s Basketball team returns to the Fuller Athletics center to take on the Lions of Emerson College in a GNAC contest scheduled for 7pm on Thursday, January 24th.