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Daily Noontime: Jan. 30th, 2019

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports

Happy Wednesday or as the Geico camel says, “It’s Hump Day!”

Yeah, we love that commercial – who doesn’t?

Let’s enjoy Wednesday even more with a brand new edition of the Daily Noontime – be good, everyone!

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Video of the Day: In honor of Wednesday, here is a remix of our favorite ‘Hump Day’ commercial, enjoy! 

WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week Seven (Jan. 1st)

By WACBA Hoops | @WACBAHoops 

WORCESTER  A busy few weeks of college basketball in the Worcester area is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our seventh Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Basketball Honor Roll for Tuesday, January 1st, 2019.

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


Marcos Echevarria averaged 29 points at the Hampton Inn West Springfield/Naismith Classic this past weekend at Springfield College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Nichols College Athletics)

Men’s Co-Player of the Week: Marcos Echevarria (Nichols College | Sr. | Lynn, Mass.): Echevarria averaged 29 points at the Hampton Inn West Springfield/Naismith Classic this past weekend at Springfield College. He dropped in a game-high 30 points in a win over Eastern Connecticut State Saturday before scoring 28 in a loss to No. 22 Salisbury University on Sunday. In the process, he became the college’s all-time leading scorer with his 2,107th point in the first half against Salisbury. Echevarria also averaged four rebounds, 3.5 assists, and two steals while shooting 54 percent from the field – including 46 percent from downtown.


Jacob Grandison averaged 18 points, 7.7 rebounds and 5.7 assists in a trio of games at the end of last month. (PHOTO COURTESY: Holy Cross Athletics)

Men’s Co-Player of the Week:  Jacob Grandison (Holy Cross | Soph. | Oakland, Calif.): Grandison averaged 18 points, 7.7 rebounds and 5.7 assists in a trio of games late last month. He recorded 15 points and seven rebounds in a 65-63 win of Canisius on Thursday, December 22 before tallying 14 points and seven caroms in a 60-57 victory over Siena two days later. He then led the Crusaders with a career-high 25 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists in a 78-71 win over Iona on Sunday, December 30. In all three games, he made 50.0 percent of field goals, 46.7 percent of his three-pointrs and 81.8 percent of his free throws.

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Brendan Kittredge (Clark University | Jr. | Clinton, Mass.): In a pair of Clark Basketball Holiday Classic Tournament games, Kittredge averaged 12.5 points, four rebounds, two assists and 1.5 steals. Against Curry College on the opening day of the tournament, the Clinton native came close to posting a double-double with 18 points and seven rebounds, while adding three assists, one swipe and one block. One day later against Wentworth Institute of Technology, Kittredge registered seven points, two steals and one rebound. For his effort in both contests, Kittredge was named two day, four-team tournament team.

Shaun McCarthy (Worcester State | Jr. | Oxford, Mass.): McCarthy was instrumental in helping the Lancers score a pair of wins over Curry College and Wentworth Institute of Technology this past weekend – both contests were a part of the Clark University Holiday Tournament. In his team’s 72-67 win over the Leopards, McCarthy netted 12 points on 34 of 8 shooting, while also adding six rebounds (five defensive caroms) and two assists. Against Curry on Sunday, McCarthy scored a season-high 30 points on 10 of 13 shooting, while connecting on 10 of 12 freebies. He also recorded six rebounds (four offensive) and two assists against the Colonels, too.

Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria | Jr. | Charlton, Mass.): In a pair of non-conference tilts this past weekend, the Charlton native averaged 17.5 points and 15.0 rebounds. Against Vassar College last Saturday, Rapoza poured in 20 points on 8 of 11 shooting, while adding 11 rebounds (10 defensive) in a 78-69 setback. Against Fredonia one day later, the junior forward registered a season-high 19 rebounds, including 15 defensive caroms, along with 15 points, which helped the AMCATs score an exciting 74-62 win.

Reid Walker (WPI | Jr. | Lithia, Fla.): Walker averaged 18.5 points and six rebounds, and was named to the Tampa Bay Shootout All-Tournament team this past week. After narrowly missing a double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds versus Maryville (TN), Walker scored a game-high 22 against host DePauw (IN).

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WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week Six (Dec. 18th)


WORCESTER  Another busy 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 Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.

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


WACBA Men’s Player of the Week: Kareem Davis (Becker College | Sr.|Lowell, Mass.): Davis matched his career-high with 34 points in a heroic effort as Becker fell 74-71 to visiting Worcester State last Tuesday evening. The senior team captain also added six assists, two steals and three rebounds. With his jumper off, Davis took it right at the Lancers’ defense, going 12 of 13 from the line. The Hawks will break for the holidays and return to competition on Thursday, Jan. 3 at UMass Dartmouth.

Hassell WEB WACBA WACBA Men’s Rookie of the Week: Eddie Hassell (Worcester State | Fr. | Milton, Mass.): Hassell closed out the first semester by scoring 11 points in 23 minutes, while tallying three rebounds, two blocks and one steal in a three-point win over Becker College.

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Branislav Vujadinovic (Assumption College | Jr. | Belgrade, Serbia): Vujadinovic posted his first double-double of the season last Saturday when the Hounds fell to Chestnut Hill, 59-56. The junior scored 16 points with a season-high ten rebounds, two assists and three steals to lead Assumption in the contest.

Bobby Perette (Anna Maria College | Jr. | Marshfield, Mass.): Perette averaged 15.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and one steal in a pair of setbacks last week against Lesley University and Mitchell College. The junior guard began the week with a 17 point performance against the Lynx, while adding three rebounds and one swipe before registering 14 points, four caroms and one steal against Mitchell.

Kameron Jimenez-Fox (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Boston, Mass.): Jimenez-Fox posted a double-double of 26 points and 12 rebounds, along with as three assists, one steal and one block in a 73-65 victory over Castleton University last Tuesday in the Falcons’ lone contest of the week.

Shaun McCarthy (Worcester State | Jr. | Oxford, Mass.): McCarthy recorded a season-high 32 points in a narrow 74-71 win over Becker College last Tuesday. McCarthy was 13-for-20 from the floor, but also secured eight rebounds, while adding a pair of assists and one steal.

Garrett Stephenson (WPI | So. | Townsend, Mass.): Stephenson notched his second consecutive double-double of the season, this time with 18 points and 11 rebounds to help WPI remain perfect with an 86-71 win over Husson on Sunday. The sophomore scored six of 12 second-half points and hauled in six of his eight second-half rebounds during the decisive 26-5 run by the Engineers.

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Clark’s Paul Phillips To Retire After 2018-19 Season


By Matt Nooonan | @MattNoonan11

Clark University men’s basketball coach Paul Phillips announced late Wednesday evening that he will be retiring at the conclusion of his team’s 2018-19 season.

Phillips, who is in his 21st season with the Cougars, enters his team’s current holiday break with a career record of 438-360, which includes wins from his previous stop at Anna Maria College.

The Cougars’ long-time bench boss has guided the Red and White to 273 wins since arriving on campus prior to the start of the 1996-97 campaign, which is the most wins by any coach in the Clark men’s basketball program history. Additionally, Phillips has led the Cougars to four New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) regular season and conference tournament championships, along with five appearances in the NCAA Tournament. Clark last appeared in the NCAA Tournament in 2010.

As of Thursday morning, Phillips has guided his current squad to four wins, including a pair of recent victories earlier this month against Framingham State and Regis College.

Clark, which sits at 4-5 overall, is off until Saturday, December 29th when they host Curry College on the opening day of the Clark Basketball Holiday Classic.

In a statement last night to the media, which was also seen through the Clark athletic website, Phillips said he has been “contemplating” his retirement for “for quite a while,” but feels its best to walk away after his team’s current season concludes.

“I truly appreciate everything that Clark has done for me and everything that the institution has allowed me to do,” Phillips said in last night’s press release. “I will miss the student-athletes the most, but will also miss the action and camaraderie that is developed on and off the court.”


Paul Phillips is currently the all-time winningest coach in Clark University men’s basketball program history. (PHOTO COURTESY: Frank Poulin)

Phillips was tabbed the 1999-2000 NEWMAC Coach of the Year, while earning the Paul N. Johnson Memorial Award from Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) in 2016.

Prior to his arrival at Clark, Phillips enjoyed a successful 10-year stint (1986-96) with the Anna Maria men’s basketball program, which included six Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) crowns, along an appearance in the 1995-96 NCAA Division III Tournament’s ‘Sweet Sixteen.’

Phillips’ 1995-96 AMCATs squad set the program’s current record for most wins (25) in a singles-season, which was almost matched by the 2012-13 squad that finished its season with 21 victories.

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WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week Five (Dec. 11th)


WORCESTER  Another busy week of Worcester area basketball has been recorded, which means it is time to unveil our fifth Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.

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

Lauren Manis Web Headshot

WACBA Women’sPlayer of the Week: Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Jr. | Franklin, Mass.): Manis registered a pair of double-doubles – her seventh and eighth of the season – in a 1-1 week for the Crusaders. She led Holy Cross to an overtime victory over Hofstra University last Wednesday, posting 26 points, 18 rebounds and two blocks, including the go-ahead basket in overtime. She additionally had a 22-point, 10-rebound performance against the University of New Hampshire on Sunday to lead the Crusaders in both categories. She is tied for the Division 1 lead with eight double-doubles this year.

LaBarbera WACBA WEB NS WACBA Women’s Rookie of the Week: Avery LaBarbera (Holy Cross | Fr. | Harrison, N.Y.): LaBarbera was a factor all over the floor last week in a 1-1 week for the Crusaders. In an overtime win against Hofstra University last Wednesday, she posted a double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds to become one of three Holy Cross players to post a double-doubles in that particular outing. Against the University of New Hampshire on Sunday, she recorded six points and four assists.

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Jordan Hawkins (Assumption | Sr. | Glen Burnie, Md.): Hawkins was an influential player in Assumption’s 55-49 victory over No. 19 Stonehill College last week. Hawkins recorded 11 points and 12 rebounds, including six offensive boards, in her first career double-double, while also earning one block and one steal in her 34 minutes of play. Hawkins shot 55.6 percent from the floor and scored five points of the team’s last nine points with one steal in the final 3:00 of the game to help Assumption hold off the Skyhawks.

Ciara McKissick (Becker College | Sr. | Charlton, Mass.): McKissick had a great all-around week for the Hawks, averaging 17.5 points per game on 68.4 percent shooting with 7.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 2.5 steals and 1.0 blocks per game. The senior captain scored 20 points to lead Becker to a 62-56 win at Newbury on Friday night in a rematch of last season’s NECC Finals.

Catherine Coppinger (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Dorchester, Mass): Averaged a double-double of 16 points and 17.5 rebounds per contest as well as 1.5 assists and 3.5 steals per game in two contests for the Falcons last week. She poosted a double-double of 22 points and 19 boards to go along with one assist and three steals in a 74-71 setback to Suffolk University on Thursday before adding a double-double of ten points and 16 caroms as well as two assists and four steals in a 64-47 victory against Southern Vermont on Saturday.

Bailey Savage (WPI | Fr.| Charlton, Mass.): Savage averaged 14 points and 4.5 rebounds, and totaled four assists and two steals in the Engineers 1-1 week. After tying her career-high of 11 points at the half versus Clark, the freshman went on to share game-high honors with 15 on the day.

WACBA Milestone/Highlight: Cassidy Harrison (Becker College | Jr. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison became the seventh Hawk in the history of the program to reach 1000 career points on Monday night in Becker’s at the University of Saint Joseph (Conn.). Harrison led all scorers with 22 points on 8-of-15 shooting. She hit a three-point jumper with 2:17 to go in the game to give her 1,001 points for her career. Harrison becomes the first Hawk to make the list since former Becker great Haley Ooms did it on February 4th, 2014.

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