All-WACBA Men’s & Women’s Basketball Teams (Tuesday, March 31st, 2020)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation & @WACBAHoops 

With another season of college basketball in the Worcester area is in the books, it is time to unveil our All-Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams.

Noontime Sports is excited to share our end of season All-WACBA Teams for the seventh consecutive season after being the host site for the organization’s weekly honor rolls, which have appeared every Tuesday throughout the Worcester basketball season. 

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


WACBA Men’s Basketball Postseason Award

WACBA Women’s Basketball Postseason Awards 


All-WACBA Men’s Basketball (First Team)

Mike Rapoza 

Anna Maria College

Charlton, Mass.

Matthew Kelly 

Assumption College

North Potomac, Md.

Joe Pridgen

Holy Cross 

Winchendon, Mass.

DeAnte Bruton

Nichols College

New London, Conn.

Tyler Dion

Worcester State 

Barre, Mass.

Garrett Stephenson

WPI

Townsend, Mass.


All-WACBA Men’s Basketball (Second Team)

Bobby Perette

Anna Maria College

Marshfield, Mass.

Malik Brown

Assumption College

Waldorf, Md.

Mateus Ribeiro

Becker College

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Biko Gayman 

Clark University

Fort Pierce, Fla.

Matt Morrow

Nichols College

Leicester, Mass.

Chris Cardoso

Worcester State 

Jamaica Plain, Mass.

Jake Wisniewski

WPI

West Brookfield, Mass.


All-WACBA Women’s Basketball (First Team)

Amber Wilson

Anna Maria College

New York, N.Y.

Brianna Capacchione

Assumption College

Washington Township, N.J.

Hannah Favaloro

Clark University

Blackstone, Mass.

Lauren Manis

Holy Cross 

Franklin, Mass.

Avery LaBarbera

Holy Cross

Harrison, N.Y.

Mya Mosley 

Worcester State 

Worcester, Mass. 


All-WACBA Women’s Basketball (Second Team)

Sierra Johnson

Anna Maria College

Brockton, Mass.

Cassidy Harrison

Becker College

Foxborough, Mass.

Natasha Pacheco

Becker College

Fairfax, Va. 

Angelina Marazzi

Fitchburg State 

Manchester, N.H. 

Isabella Nerney 

Nichols College

Guilford, Conn.

Catherine Sweeney

Worcester State 

Lowell, Mass.

Spencer Vinson

WPI

Los Angeles, Calif. 

 


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

WACBA Men’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, February 18th, 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 eleventh 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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DeAnte Bruton averaged 19.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 4.0 assists in back-to-back games last week for the Bison. (PHOTO COURTESY: Nichols College Athletics)

Men’s Basketball Player of the Week: DeAnte Bruton (Nichols College | Sr. | New London, Conn.): Bruton averaged 19.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 4.0 assists in a 2-0 week for the Bison to pull Nichols within a half a game of first-place entering the final week of the regular season. Bruton began the week with a 26-point effort in a monumental comeback win over Western New England, scoring six points in the final minute of the game as the Bison rallied from a 15-point deficit to score the final 20 points of the contest and stun the Golden Bears. He closed the week with 13 points, eight rebounds, six dimes, and three steals in just 25 minutes of action against Curry College.


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Joe Pridgen averaged 27.5 points and 5.0 rebounds in a pair of games last week for the Crusaders. (PHOTO COURTESY: Holy Cross Athletics)

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Joe Pridgen (Holy Cross | Fr. | Winchendon, Mass.): The first-year forward averaged 27.5 points and 5.0 rebounds in a pair of games last week for the Crusaders while connecting on 19 of 27 field goals (70.4 percent). Additionally, he sank 16 of 21 freebies (76.2 percent). Pridgen began the week by netting 30 points on 11 of 14 shooting against Lehigh before netting 25 points to go with eight rebounds, two assists, and two blocks against Lafayette.


Men’s WACBA Honor Roll | Tuesday, February 18th, 2020

Jordan Rose-Wheatley (Becker College | Sophomore | New Bedford, Mass.): Rose-Wheatley put up a strong week for the Hawks, averaging 12.5 points per game with 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists. The sophomore shot 66.7 percent from the floor.

Tyler Dion (Worcester State | Sr. | Barre, Mass.): Dion averaged 19.5 points, 6.5 assists, and 1.5 rebounds in a pair of wins last week for the Lancers, who enter the final week of the regular season as one of the top squads in their conference. Against Salem State last Thursday, the senior tallied 10 points, five assists, and three rebounds before exploding for 29 points on 8 of 12 shooting, including three of five from beyond the arc in a 96-89 victory over MCLA. Dion concluded his team’s contest against the Trailblazers a perfect 10 for 10 from the charity stripe.

Dakota Wheeler (WPI | Jr. | Easthampton, MA): Wheeler averaged 18 points and six rebounds while shooting 68.4% from the floor and an eye-popping 62.5% from 3-point land during a 2-0 week for the Engineers. The junior knocked down three consecutive trifectas late in the second half to help the Engineers go on the road and defeat Babson College, 75-56, last Wednesday. Wheeler ended up with 17 points versus the Beavers before tossing in 19 more points, including five 3-pointers in a comprehensive 85-64 victory over Emerson College.


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

 

WACBA Men’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, January 28th, 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 eighth 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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Biko Gayman became the 28th player in Clark University men’s basketball program history to reach 1,000 points last week. (PHOTO COURTESY: Clark University Athletics)

Men’s Basketball Player of the Week: Biko Gayman (Clark University | Jr. | Fort Pierce, Fla.): Despite being a part of two setbacks last week against Coast Guard Academy and WPI, Gayman was a player to watch for the Cougars last week, averaging 20 points per game to go with four-and-a-half assists, three rebounds, and two steals. The junior guard began the week by netting 22 points on 9 of 19 shooting against the Bears to become the 28th member of the Clark men’s basketball program to reach 1,000 points. Three days later against the Engineers of WPI, he tallied 18 points on 7 of 13 shooting along with four assists, three rebounds, and one steal. As of press deadline, Gayman is averaging a team-best 19.6 points per game. 


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John Lowther averaged 13.5 points and 7.5 rebounds 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 shot an eye-popping 68.4% (13-of-19) from the floor as the Crimson and Gray tallied a pair of road victories last week.  The freshman registered 15 points, six rebounds and four assists as the Engineers bested Emerson before narrowly missing a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds in a road triumph as Clark.  For the week, Lowther averaged 13.5 points and 7.5 rebounds. 


Men’s WACBA Honor Roll | Tuesday, January 28th, 2020

Bobby Perette (Anna Maria College | Sr. | Marshfield, Mass.): In a pair of wins for the AMCATs last week, the senior guard from Marshfield, Massachusetts averaged 25.5 points, three-and-a-half assists, and two-and-a-half rebounds. Against Rivier University, he matched classmate Mike Rapoza with a game and team-high 26 points on 10 of 17 shooting, including five three-pointers to go with three assists, three steals, and two rebounds. Three days later against Regis College, Perette scored 25 points on 8 of 19 shooting, including 7 of 12 from beyond the arc. 

Matthew Kelly (Assumption College | Jr.|North Potomac, Md.): Kelly finished the week with 31 points in two games for the Hounds. He put up 17 points to go along with five rebounds, four assists, and three steals in a setback at Adelphi on Wednesday. He added 14 points, five assists, and three steals in a setback to New Haven at home on Saturday.

Jamir Carr (Becker College | Jr. | Philadelphia, Penn.): Carr averaged 13.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per game for the week over two games for the Hawks this past week, to go along with 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals. The junior forward helped spark Becker to a 72-67 win at Elms College last Wednesday before posting his first double-double of the season on Saturday of 18 points and 10 rebounds in a near-upset of New England College.

Tyler Dion (Worcester State | Sr. | Barre, Mass.): Tyler Dion enjoyed another successful week, averaging 18.5 points and 5.0 assists per game. In an overtime defeat against MCLA last Wednesday, Dion scored 13 points with seven assists while going 50 percent from long distance, which was followed up with a 24-point performance in a win over Fitchburg State. Dion went six-for-eight from three-point land in the win.

Jake Wisniewski (WPI | Sr. | West Brookfield, Mass.): Wisniewski was WPI’s leading scorer as the Engineers notched a pair of road wins last week, extending their win streak to four, all away from Harrington Auditorium. The senior averaged 17.5 points on 56.5% shooting from the floor and 5.5 rebounds per game in the two contests. Wisniewski established a new career-high with 21 points in a rematch of last year’s New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) championship game with Emerson College before pouring in 14 points in a road win at Clark University. The returning NEWMAC Defensive Player of the Year also anchored a defensive effort that limited opponents to less than 40% (38.7%) shooting from the floor.   


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

WACBA Men’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, January 14th, 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 sixth 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 averaged 28.3 points in three games last week for the Nichols College men’s basketball team. (PHOTO COURTESY: Nichols College Athletics)

Men’s Basketball Player of the Week: DeAnte Bruton (Nichols College | Sr. | New London, Conn.): Bruton averaged 28.3 points (49.2 field goal percentage) as the Bison were a perfect 3-0 in three consecutive conference matchups. Bruton began the week with a 27-point, seven-rebound, three-assist, three steal effort against Endicott to snap the Gulls’ six-game winning streak. Two nights later, he poured in 30 points in just 24 minutes of action in a win over Roger Williams. Bruton capped the week with a 28-point outing at the University of New England on Saturday. He also dished out seven assists and snared five rebounds against the Nor’easters as the Bison moved to 5-0 in conference play for the first time since the 2016-17 campaign.


Men’s Rookie of the Week: Keegan Sharp (Fitchburg State | Fr. |Townsend, Mass.): Sharp averaged 14.0 points and eight rebounds per game for the Falcons over three games last week. The first-year posted seven points, five rebounds and one assist in a 78-55 setback to Williams College on Monday before adding a double-double of 19 points and ten caroms as well as one steal and two blocks in an 83-80 loss to Regis College on Thursday. Sharp concluded the week with 16 points and nine rebounds in a 79-61 triumph against Salem State on Saturday.


Men’s WACBA Honor Roll | Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria College | Sr. | Charlton, Mass.): In his team’s lone contest of the week, the senior forward recorded his 14th straight double-double with 25 points and 18 rebounds as the AMCATs defeated Norwich University in an early January conference matchup. Rapoza netted 15 of his 25 points in the second half – he finished 11 of 13 from the field. 

Jordan White (Assumption College | RS-Jr. | Prince Frederick, Md.): White put up double figures in two games for the Hounds last week. He started the week with 16 points off the bench in a setback at Saint Anselm. He went 7-for-9 from the field and added six rebounds in his 16 minutes of play. White put up 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds at Saint Rose on Saturday. He came up with two steals and a block in the setback.

Mateus Ribeiro (Becker College | Jr. | Sao Paulo, Brazil): Ribeiro continued to lead the Hawks this past week, averaging 15.7 points per game on 47.4 percent shooting over three games. The junior also averaged 6.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.7 steals per contest. Facing the Bulldogs of Dean College on Saturday, Ribeiro nearly carried Becker to victory with 21 points and eight boards before the Hawks came up just short. As of press time, Ribeiro ranks fourth in the nation in total minutes.

Tyler Dion (Worcester State | Sr. | Barre, Mass.): Dion was impressive in a come-from-behind win for Worcester State over Becker last Monday evening. The senior scored 23 points with five three-pointers, while also grabbing three rebounds, one steal, and one assist.

Garrett Stephenson (WPI | Jr. | Townsend, MA): Garrett Stephenson shot an eye-popping 80% during a 1-1 week for the Engineers. The junior center collected 12 points in WPI’s 68-52 conference-opening win over MIT before pouring in 22 points in a 93-81 setback to Babson in a match-up of nationally-ranked teams. Stephenson connected on 16-of-20 shots from the field and added six assists and five rebounds in the two contests. 


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

 

WACBA Men’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, November 26th, 2019)

 

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 second 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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Nick Tracy was a player to watch this past week with the Falcons of Fitchburg State. (PHOTO COURTESY: Kenzie Ullrich)

Men’s Player of the Week: Nicholas Tracy (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Indianapolis, Ind.): Tracy averaged 22 points, 8.7 rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block per contest in three games for the Falcons. He posted 24 points, seven rebounds, two assists and one steal in a 94-81 setback to Rhode Island College last Tuesday before adding 24 points, 13 boards, three assists, three steals and two blocks in a 93-87 triumph against Thomas College on Friday. Tracy concluded the week with 18 points, six rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block in an 84-62 loss to Amherst College on Saturday.


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Xavier Betancourt averaged nine points, 6.5 rebounds, two assists, one steal and 1.5 blocks per game last week for the Falcons of Fitchburg State. (PHOTO COURTESY: Kenzie Ullrich)

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Xavier Betancourt (Fitchburg State | Fr. | Tampa, Fla.): Betancourt averaged nine points, 6.5 rebounds, two assists, one steal and 1.5 blocks per game over two contests for the Falcons. Netted nine points, seven caroms and one block in a 94-81 setback to Rhode Island College on Tuesday before adding nine points, six boards, four assists, two steals, and two blocks in a 93-87 triumph over Thomas College on Friday.


Men’s WACBA Honor Roll | Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

Malik Brown (Assumption College |RS-Jr.| Waldorf, Md.): Brown led the Greyhounds to an 87-86 conference victory over Southern New Hampshire University this past Saturday afternoon. He put up 20 points in the victory, going 8-for-14 from the field and 1-for-3 from three-point range. He added seven rebounds, two assists, and a steal in 32 minutes of play.

Mateus Ribeiro (Becker College | Jr.| Sao Paulo, Brazil): Ribeiro continues to lead the Hawks, averaging 14.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per game with 2.3 assists and 1.0 steals. The third-year player shot 51.4 percent from the floor and 44.4 percent from behind the arc. In Becker’s 71-70 win at MCLA last Saturday, Ribeiro posted 15 points and 11 rebounds on the day. It was Ribeiro’s fourth double-double through just seven games this season.

Joel Arteaga (Clark University | Soph. | Wyncote, Pa.): In a 2-0 week for the Cougars, the second-year guard averaged 17.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.5 steals. In a two-point win over Regis College, Arteaga posted 12 points on three of nine shooting, including six of eight from the charity stripe while tallying seven rebounds (two offensive boards), six assists, and two steals. Against Connecticut College, Arteaga exploded for a season-high 23 points on 7 of 14 shooting, including 7 of 13 from beyond the arc. He sank a pair of freebies while adding six boards, one assist, and one steal.

Tyler Dion (Worcester State | Sr. | Barre, Mass.): Tyler Dion was a player to watch last week, averaging 16 points, 1.5 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in a 1-1 week for the Lancers. Against Dean College, Dion scored 21 points with five three-pointers, before scoring 11 points with three trifectas in a loss to nationally ranked Nichols  College this past Saturday. 

Garrett Stephenson (WPI | Jr. | Townsend, MA): Stephenson averaged 16 points per game while shooting 60.3% from the floor during WPI’s perfect 3-0 week.  The center was named MVP of the Paula Titus Memorial Invitational at UMass Boston after scoring a career-high 28 points in an opening-round victory over Eastern Nazarene and 18 points to along with a team-high eight rebounds in a championship victory over the host Beacons.  On the season, Stephenson is averaging 15.0 points and 6.7 rebounds while shooting 61.3% for the 16th-ranked Crimson and Gray.


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