WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week Nine (Tuesday, Jan. 30th)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) & WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER  With another week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


JFLOYDMen’s Basketball Player of the Week: Jehyve Floyd (Holy Cross | Jr. | Sayreville, N.J.): Floyd led the team with a career-high 22 points, six blocked shots, five rebounds and two assists in the Crusaders’ victory against American. He totaled 17 points, six rebounds, two blocks and two assists in the win over Lafayette. He hit all eight of his field goal attempts against the Leopards, becoming only the third player in school history to make 100.0 percent of his shots from the floor with at least eight attempts. For the week, he averaged 19.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.0 blocks and 2.0 assists on the week, while hitting 85.7 percent of his field goal attempts.


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Men’s Basketball Rookie of the Week:
Austin Butler (Holy Cross | Fr. | Latrobe, Pa.): Butler led the team with a career-high 28 points and four rebounds in the Crusaders’ victory over Lafayette. He hit 11 of 15 field goal attempts and five of eight three-pointers against the Leopards. Butler pulled down four rebounds in the victory at American. For the week, he averaged 14.0 points and 4.0 rebounds on the week, while hitting 64.7 percent of his field goal attempts and 55.6 percent of his three-pointers.


Men’s Honor Roll

Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria College | Soph. | Charlton, Mass.): Mike Rapoza averaged 17.7 points in three games last week with his highest total of 21 points coming against Norwich University. He also averaged 13.7 rebounds per game last week, too, while adding three blocked shots against Albertus Magnus – he almost recorded a triple-double against the Falcons, but was two assist shy of the mark.

Samuel Durodola (Becker College | Sr. | Rosedale, N.Y.): Durodola posted another dominant week for the Hawks, averaging 22.5 points and 9.0 rebounds with 1.0 blocks and 1.0 steals and shooting 58.3 percent from the floor. Durodola was at his best in Becker’s 83-63 victory at Elms, scoring 34 points with ten boards on 64 percent shooting.

Nicholas Tracy (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Indianapolis, Ind.): Tracy averaged 14.7 points, seven rebounds, 1.3 assists, 2.7 steals and one block per game over three contests for the Green and Gold. He notched 14 points, six rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in a 65-63 win over Westfield State on Tuesday before adding 23 points, seven boards, four steals and one block in a 68-58 setback to Bridgewater State on Thursday. Tracy concluded the week with seven points, eight caroms, one assist, three steals and one block in a 64-56 setback to Framingham State on Saturday.

Marcos Echevarria (Nichols College | Jr. | Lynn, Mass.): Marcos Echevarria helped lead the Bison to a 2-1 mark this week, averaging 24.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.7 assists, and 2.7 steals per game. Echevarria scored 15 points to go with four rebounds, six assists, and three steals in a 99-85 setback to UNE. He followed that up with 35 points, six rebounds, four assists, and three steals in an 83-63 win at Endicott. He wrapped up the week with 22 points, five rebounds, four assists, and two steals in a 97-74 win at Gordon. For the week, he shot 41.1% (23-of-56) from the field, 40% (12-of-30) from beyond the arc, and 93.3% (14-of-15) at the free throw line.

Will Watkins Jr. (Worcester State | Jr.| Southbridge, Mass.): The sophomore Southbridge, Mass. native averaged 19.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.7 steals, and 1.3 assists in a 1-2 week for the Blue and Gold. Overall this week, he shot 54.5% (23-43) from the field, 50% (11-22) from 3-point range, and 100% (2-2) from the charity stripe. He racked up 31 points, going 7-for-11 (63.6%) from beyond the arc, with three rebounds and two steals in the setback to Bridgewater State. He then was one rebound shy of a double-double with 22 points, nine rebounds, three assists and two steals in the Lancers’ first conference win over Westfield State. He then wrapped up the week with six points and seven boards in the loss to Salem State.

WACBA HONOR ROLL: Men’s Basketball Week Four (Tuesday, Dec. 12th)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) & WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER  With the fourth week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil the initial Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Basketball Honor Roll for the 2017-18 season, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


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Player of the Week:
 
Marcos Echevarria (Nichols | Jr. | Lynn, Mass.): Echevarria helped the Bison win three-straight games last week, while averaging 26.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 5.7 assists, and 1.0 steals per game. He scored 25 points, including 7-of-14 three-pointers, to go with five rebounds and five assists and a block in a 91-79 win at Roger Williams. He followed that up with 28 points, with 6-of-10 triples, four rebounds and five assists in a 90-77 win over Becker. He wrapped up the week with 25 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals in a 106-76 win at Anna Maria. For the week, Echevarria shot 46.7% (25-of-55) from the field, 50% (18-of-36) from beyond the arc, and 84.6% (11-of-13) from the free throw line.


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Rookie of the Week
: Biko Gayman (Clark University | Fr. | Port Pierce, Fla.): Clark rookie, Biko Gayman has an impressive week for the Cougars boasting 23.5 points, 5.0 assists and 4.5 steals per game as they split their two games on the week. In a tough set back to Fitchburg State the Port Pierce native scored 11 points to go with his four assists and two steals before lifting Clark to victory over Newbury with 36 points, seven steals and six assists adding six boards.


Honorable Mentions

Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria | Soph. | Charlton, Mass): Rapoza recorded his fifth double-double of the season on Saturday against Nichols, while tallying 10 points against Amherst College and 17 against Nichols College.

Samuel Durodola (Becker College | Sr. | Rosedale, N.Y.): Durodola stepped up this week for the Hawks of Becker College, averaging 21.7 points, 9.3 rebounds 2.7 assists and one block per game. After standout performances against Worcester State and regional powerhouse Nichols, Durodola had a monster performance against Gordon on Saturday, scoring 23 points with 13 rebounds as the Hawks outlasted the Scots in overtime, 79-75. For the season, the junior ranks top six in the NECC in scoring, rebounding and blocks.

Jonathan Perez (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Lowell, Mass.): Perez averaged 17.7 points, six rebounds, 0.3 assists and one steal per contest over three games for the Falcons. He notched a game-best 28 points, eight boards, one assist and one steal in a 90-70 triumph over Clark on Tuesday before adding ten points, five caroms and two steals in a setback to Williams on Thursday. Perez concluded the week with 15 points and five boards in an 85-63 loss to MIT on Saturday.

Will Watkins Jr. (Worcester State | Soph. | Southbridge, Mass.): Will Watkins Jr. averaged 16 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and a block in an 0-3 week for Worcester State. He was one rebound short of a double-double in the setback to Becker as he posted 20 points, shooting 53.3% from the field and 44.4% from 3-point range, collected nine boards and two blocks. In the loss to Mount Ida he recorded 16 points and seven rebounds, and put up 12 points with six rebounds and two assists in the loss to Salve Regina. Overall this week, he shot 45.2% from the field.

Chris Rodgers (WPI | Sr. | Franklin, Mass.): Rodgers averaged 20.5 points, on 17 of 29 shooting (58.6%) and five rebounds per game in a 1-1 week for the Engineers. He began with 10 points on 4-of-4 shooting in 15 minutes as the Engineers avenged their opening weekend loss in the Coghlin tournament final, and handed No. 20 Eastern Connecticut its first loss, with a 75-70 victory in Willimantic. The local product then pumped in a career and game-high 31 points to go with eight rebounds, five assists and a steal in an OT setback to Salem State.

WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week Three (Tuesday, Dec. 5th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) & WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER  With the third week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil the initial Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Basketball Honor Roll for the 2017-18 season, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


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Men’s Player of the Week: Will Watkins Jr. (Worcester State | Soph. | Southbridge, Mass.): Will Watkins Jr. poured in 37 points, seemingly unable to miss from 3-point land where he finished 10-of-14 from behind the arc and 13-of-18 from the field in the Lancers’ first win of the season over Norwich on Sunday. Watkins Jr. broke a Worcester State single-game record with the 10 three-pointers in contest. For the week, Watkins averaged 21 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists and one steal per game. He posted 11 points with three rebounds, two assists, and two steals in the setback to No. 20 Skidmore. Watkins then put up 13 points and 16 rebounds in the fallback to Lasell. He was named to the Ed Hockenbury Classic All-Tournament team this weekend where he put up 23 points against Wheaton in the opening round of the tournament before netting 37 points against Norwich.


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Men’s Rookie of the Week: Chris Cardoso (Worcester State | Fr. |Jamaica Plain, Mass.): The freshman guard averaged 12.5 points, 5.5 assists, 2.3 rebounds, and one steal in a 1-3 week for the Blue and Gold. Cardoso scored double-digits in 3-of-4 games played this week, putting up 16 points in the setback to No. 20 Skidmore, 14 points in the loss to Wheaton, and 15 points in the Lancers’ first win of the season against Norwich. Overall this week, he shot 44.2% (19-43) from the field and 41.7% (5-12) from 3-point range. At the Ed Hockenbury Tournament alone, he averaged 14.5 points and eight assists per game.


Honorable Mentions

Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria | Soph. | Charlton, Mass): Rapoza recorded his fourth double-double of the season against Regis with 16 points and 10 rebounds. He connected on five-of-nine attempts from the floor and was six-of-10 from the free throw line. Against Bowdoin, Rapoza scored 13 and grabbed eight rebounds.

Branislav Vujadinovic (Assumption College | Soph. | Belgrade, Serbia): Vujadinovic continued his strong solid season, averaging 19.0 points on 50 percent shooting with 7.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in an 0-2 week. The sophomore posted 14 points, seven rebounds and three assists in a two-point loss to St. Michael’s but rebound with a career-high 24 points, seven rebounds and one steal against undefeated Southern N.H.

Kareem Davis (Becker College | Jr. Lowell, Mass.): Davis continued to demonstrate why he’s one of the best players in the region, averaging 27 points, five rebounds three assists and 2.5 steals per game. The junior shot 47 percent from the floor, 47 percent from behind the arc and 92 percent from the free throw line. This included a 28 point, five rebound performance in the Hawks’ 92-73 win over Clark. As of press time, Davis was ranked second in the NECC with 21.8 points per game.

Jonathan Perez (Fitchburg State | Junior | Lowell, Mass.): Averaged 17.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.3 steals per game in a 2-1 week for the Falcons. Netted a game-best 28 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals in an 86-68 win over Elms on Tuesday before adding 17 points, seven boards and seven assists in a 73-71 triumph against Rhode Island College on Thursday. Concluded the week with seven points, five rebounds and two steals in a 77-45 setback to WPI on Saturday.

Jehyve Floyd (Holy Cross | Jr. | Sayreville, N.J.): Posted eight points and three rebounds against Manhattan, while leading the team with a career-high 15 points and six rebounds against La Salle. He averaged 11.5 points and 4.5 rebounds on the week, while hitting 66.7 percent of his field goal attempts. Floyd was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic.

Daequon Antoine (Nichols | Sr. | Fort Mill, S.C.): Daequon Antoine helped the Bison post a 2-0 mark this week, averaging 21.5 points on 59.3% shooting and 60% shooting from beyond the arc to go with 6.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 3.0 steals per game. In a 105-82 win over Endicott, Antoine knocked down 8-of-14 shots, including 5-of-8 three-pointers, to go with seven rebounds, two assists and three steals. He followed that up with 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting with 4-of-7 triples, five rebounds, two assists and three steals in a 100-86 win over Gordon.

D3 Hoops Roundup: Salem State Captures First New England Big 4 Challenge

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

Shaquan Murray recorded a game-high 26 points, Drew Healy added a double-double of 14 points and 17 rebounds as the Salem State University men’s basketball team defeated Babson College, 75-70, on Sunday afternoon in the New England Big 4 Challenge Championship at Tufts University.

The win – the Vikings’ sixth of the season – was the program’s first-event tournament championship.Babson and Brandeis have captured the tournament crown three times, respectively, while host Tufts has won the championship twice.

The New England Big 4 Challenge officially began in 2009 with Brandies defeating Tufts in the initial title game, 54-41.

Babson and Salem State entered the break tied at 43-43, but a jumper early in the second session by Alex Santos helped the Vikings establish a small lead – 55-49, to be exact – which would eventually balloon into a 63-53 advantage with 8:59 remaining.

The Beavers would trim the deficit with a triple from Julian Alexis, which brought the Green and White within eight points (64-56), but the Vikings would respond with back-to-back trifecta’s from Murray and Rayshaw Matthews, which provided Salem State with a 70-56 lead with 5:38 remaining.

Babson would close the gap, pulling within two points (72-70), thanks to a late lay-up by Andrew Jaworski before the Vikings countered with three more points, including a pair of free throws by Sean Bryan to secure the win.

Matthew was tabbed the tournament’s Most Valuable Player (MVP), while Healy was named to the All-Tournament Team. Nick Comenale and Bradley Jacks represented Babson on the All-Tournament Team, while Vincent Pace (Tufts) and Semih Say (Brandeis) secured the final two spots.

Pace sank the game-winning three-pointer in the consolation game against Brandeis (1-5), which provided the host Jumbos (4-3) with an exciting fourth victory of the season (Tufts defeated Brandeis, 76-74). Pace concluded the contest with a game-high 21 points, while Smith tallied 16 points on five of eight attempts from the field.

The Wheaton College men’s basketball team improved to 6-2 overall with an 80-63 win this afternoon over Lesley University. Liam Bruno netted 27 points in the wine, while Ryan Fogarty registered 18 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals.

Chris Cardoso netted 15 points, including a pair of freebies late in the second session, as Worcester State claimed its first win of the season against Norwich University. Worcester State’s Will Watkins Jr. led all scorers with 37 points, while Shaun McCarthy recorded a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds. Jesse Davis paced the Cadets with 20 points off the bench.

The Coast Guard Academy men’s basketball team improved to 4-1 overall this afternoon as the Bears defeated Connecticut College, 84-69. Coast Guard’s Packy Witkowski led all scorers with 27 points, while Justin Kane concluded the contest with 20 points and 14 rebounds. David Labossiere led the Camels with 26 points.