WACBAHoops Reveals First Wave of Postseason Accolades

wacba-logoBy WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops) 

WORCESTER – Nichols swept the men’s major awards while Assumption, Becker, Fitchburg State and WPI took top billing for the women as the Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) resumed its postseason awards program. Additionally, 12 student-athletes from each gender were tabbed All-WACBA. Voters included sports information directors or primary contacts from each of the nine NCAA schools in Worcester County, as well as three members representing the local media.

Nichols’ Marcos Echevarria was named Player of the Year while teammate DeAnte Bruton was tabbed the Rookie of the Year and head coach Tom Glynn was recognized as the Coach of the Year. WPI’s Ama Biney was unanimously selected as the Women’s Player of the Year as Fitchburg State’s Kyra Rose took home another Rookie of the Year nod. Assumption’s Kerry Phayre and Becker’s David Bostick were chosen as Co-Coaches of the Year.

Echevarria and Becker’s Samuel Durodola earned first team votes on all 12 ballots. Fitchburg State’s Jaleel Bell, Becker’s Kyle Credle, Bruton and Anna Maria’s Mike Rapoza also earned high praise from the voters. WPI bookended the second team with Ian Converse and Sean Doncaster. Joining the Engineer duo was Worcester State’s Paul Brooks, Becker’s Kareem Davis, and Holy Cross’ Malachi Alexander and Robert Champion.

Biney was the lone consensus first teamer on the women’s ballot.  She was followed by Rose, Worcester State’s Britt Herring, Clark’s Ogechi Ezemma, Holy Cross’ Lauren Manis and Becker’s Cassidy Harrison. The women’s second team was the only one to feature student from each NCAA division. DII Assumption’s Jo Impellizeri led the way as WPI’s Priscilla Dunphy, Worcester State’s Kaitlin Berkel, Becker’s Adrianna Dowdy, DI Holy Cross’ Infinti Thomas-Waheed and Anna Maria’s Deja Taitt comprised the rest of the list.

The coaches group is in the midst of voting for the next Paul N. Johnson Award winner and the inaugural Pat Oroszko Courage Award recipient.

WACBA (Worcester Area College Basketball Association) is an organization billed as “one of its kind in the country” featuring 10 colleges, 20 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 Country Area.

MAJOR AWARD WINNERS

Men’s Player of the Year

Nichols sophomore Marcos Echevarria (Lynn, Mass.)

Women’s Player of the Year

WPI junior Ama Biney (Worcester, Mass,)

Men’s Rookie of the Year

Nichols freshman DeAnte Bruton (New London, Conn.)

Women’s Rookie of the Year

Fitchburg State freshman Kyra Rose (Rockland, Mass.)

Men’s Coach of the Year

Tom Glynn, Nichols

Women’s Co-Coaches of the Year

Kerry Phayre, Assumption and David Bostick, Becker

ALL-WACBA TEAMS 

MEN’S FIRST

 

Name

School

Class

Hometown

1stPl

Marcos Echevarria

Nichols

So

Lynn, Mass.

7

Samuel Durodola

Becker

Jr

Rosedale, N.Y.

1

Jaleel Bell

Fitchburg St.

Sr

Dorchester, Mass.

1

Kyle Credle

Becker

Sr

Queens, N.Y.

1

DeAnte Bruton

Nichols

Fr

New London, Conn.

Mike Rapoza

Anna Maria

Fr

Charlton, Mass.

2

 

 

 

 

 

MEN’S SECOND

 

Ian Converse

WPI

Sr

Woodstock, Conn.

Paul Brooks

Worcester St.

Sr

Arlington, Mass.

Kareem Davis

Becker

So

Lowell, Mass.

Malachi Alexander

Holy Cross

Sr

Bowie, Md.

Robert Champion

Holy Cross

Sr

Charlotte, N.C.

Sean Doncaster

WPI

Sr

Medford, Mass.

 

WOMEN’S FIRST

 

Name

School

Class

Hometown

1stPl

Ama Biney

WPI

Jr

Worcester, Mass.

        9

Kyra Rose

Fitchburg St.

Fr

Rockland, Mass.

        1

Britt Herring

Worcester St.

So

W. Brookfield, Mass.

         

Ogechi Ezemma

Clark

So

Hope Valley, R.I.

        2

Lauren Manis

Holy Cross

Fr

Franklin, Mass.

       

Cassidy Harrison

Becker

Fr

Foxborough, Mass.

         

 

 

 

 

 

WOMEN’S SECOND

 

Jo Impellizeri

Assumption

Sr

Seaford, N.Y.

          

Priscilla Dunphy

WPI

Sr

Barrington, R.I.

          

Kaitlyn Berkel

Worcester St.

So

Waterford, Conn.

          

Adriana Dowdy

Becker

So

East Haven, Conn.

          

I. Thomas-Waheed

Holy Cross

Jr

Newton, Mass.

          

Deja Taitt

Anna Maria

Sr

Cambia Heights, N.Y.

          

 

WACBA Honor Roll (Women’s Basketball) Week 13

Ama Biney (WPI)
Ama Biney was tabbed this week’s WACBA Women’s Player of the Week. (PHOTO CREDIT: Frank Poulin)

By WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops) 

WORCESTER, Mass.  Another week of college basketball is in the books, which means it is time to dish out our Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WABCA) Women’s Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week.

Women’s Player of the Week: Ama Biney (WPI | Jr. | Worcester, Mass.): Biney wrapped up her third campaign by averaging 15.7 points and 5.7 rebound to go with 10 steals, six assists and three blocks in a 2-1 week. She totaled 18 points in each of the first two games of the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) tournament before adding 11 points in the championship against Babson. In the semifinal versus Clark, Biney amassed seven rebounds and seven steals.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Fr. | Franklin, Mass.): In a 1-1 week, the first-year forward averaged 17.5 points and 6.5 rebounds, while sinking 8 of 10 freebies. Against Loyola – a 59-58 win for the Crusaders – Manis tallied a new career-best with five steals, while posting her fourth 20-point game of the season. She concluded the contest with 22 points, seven rebounds, five steals, three blocks and one assist. Against Boston University, she netted 13 points, sank a pair of free throws, while recording six caroms and two assists.

Women’s Honor Roll:

Catherine Sweeney (Worcester State | Fr. | Lowell, Mass.): The first-year guard tallied a career-high 16 points, seven rebounds, three assists and one block in the Lancers’ Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) quarterfinal setback to MCLA. Sweeney went 4-for-5 (80%) from the field and made 8-of-8 (100%) free throws to total the 16 points.

The WACBA Stats & Standings Report

wacba-logoBy WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops

Yesterday – Tuesday, to be exact – we unveiled our usual Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Honor Roll for both the men and women.

Today, we bring you the updated statistics and standings through Sunday, January 22, 2017: wacba-01-22

Make sure to follow WACBA on Twitter to stay up to date with all the Worcester basketball teams!

WACBA Honor Roll (Men’s Basketball) Week Eight

By WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops

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Worcester State’s Paul Brooks netted his 1,000th point last weekend as the Lancers defeated Framingham State on the road. (PHOTO CREDIT: Worcester State University Athletics)

WORCESTER, Mass.  Another week of college basketball is in the books, which means it is time to dish out our Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WABCA) Men’s Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week.

Men’s Player of the Week: Jaleel Bell (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Dorchester, Mass.): Bell averaged 26.5 points, nine rebounds, three assists, two steals and 0.5 blocks per game in a 2-1 week for the Falcons. He netted 16 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals in a 101-66 win over MCLA on Wednesday before adding a game-best 37 points, 11 caroms, two assists, two steals and one block in an 87-83 triumph against Salem State on Saturday.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: DeAnte Bruton (Nichols | Fr. | New London, Conn.): Bruton averaged 18.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steals for the Bison last week. Bruton scored 14 points to go with eight boards and five assists in a home win over Salve Regina on Wednesday before netting a team-high 22 points (50.0 pct. shooting) at Wentworth on Saturday.

Men’s Basketball Milestone: Paul Brooks (Worcester St. | Sr. | Arlington, Mass.): Not only did the senior center average a double-double of 13.5 points and 11 rebounds this past week, but he also reached his 1,000th career point in the Lancers’ 59-55 win over Framingham State on Saturday. Brooks netted a team-high 18 points, going 8-for-13 from the floor, in his team’s setback to Bridgewater State earlier in the week, and then a game-high 15 rebounds and five blocks in the Framingham win.

Men’s Honor Roll:

Samuel Durodola (Becker | Jr. | Rosedale, N.Y.): Durodola recorded a pair of impressive performances last week, averaging 22.5 points, 12.0 rebounds, 2.0 blocks with 1.5 assists, while shooting 60 percent from the parquet. Against Daniel Webster last Thursday – a 67-62 win for the Hawks – the Rosedale, New York native posted a double-double of 18 points and a game-high 16 rebounds. Then on Saturday, Durodola finished with 27 points, eight rebounds and three blocks as the Hawks topped Mitchell, 80-67. Durodola, the NECC’s leading rebounder, has Becker in first place in the standings.

Chris Rodgers (WPI | Jr. | Franklin, Mass.): Rodgers had a career week for the Engineers, beginning with a career-best 21 points and a team-best seven rebounds to go with two assists, one steal and one block at Clark last Wednesday. On Saturday, Rodgers added 16 more points, five assists, four rebounds, one steal and one block against Wheaton. In all, the junior averaged 18.5 points and 5.5 rebounds to go with seven helpers, two blocks and two assists on the week.

 

WACBA Honor Roll (Women’s Basketball) Week Eight

Ama Biney (WPI)
Ama Biney was tabbed this week’s WACBA Women’s Player of the Week. (PHOTO CREDIT: Frank Poulin)

By WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops

WORCESTER, Mass.  Another week of college basketball is in the books, which means it is time to dish out our Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WABCA) Women’s Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week.

Women’s Player of the Week: Ama Biney (WPI | Jr. | Worcester, Mass.): Biney once again paced the Engineers in a 2-0 week by narrowly averaging a double-double of 11.5 points and eight rebounds. She had a week-high of 13 points versus Springfield and posted a double-double of 10 points and 10 boards at Emerson. Biney also doled out four assists each game, while recording seven swipes against the Lions. She averaged 4.5 steals for the week.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Fr. | Franklin, Mass.): Mannis registered a pair of double-doubles – her sixth and seventh, respectively – in a 1-1 week for the Crusaders. So far this season, she has netted double-figures in 16 games – she currently is averaging 12.7 points per game with 8.3 rebounds. Against American – a one-point (61-60) win for the Crusaders – she notched a career-best 14 caroms, while netting 19 points. For the week, she tallied 34 points, pulled down 26 rebounds and registered a quartet of swipes.

Women’s Honor Roll

Ciara McKissick (Becker | Soph. | Charlton, Mass.): McKissick continued her strong play this week, finishing with 11 points and eight rebounds in a tough loss at Mitchell on Saturday.

Cassidy Harrison (Becker | Fr. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison, who leads Becker in scoring, finished with 12 points, eight rebounds and four steals at Mitchell on Saturday.

Kyra Rose (Fitchburg State | Fr. | Rockland, Mass.): Rose averaged 14.7 points, 8.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.3 blocks per game in three games for the Falcons. She collected a game-best 14 points, eight boards, five assists and three steals in a 67-27 win over Green Mountain on Monday before adding seven points, eight caroms, two assists and one block in a 62-38 setback to MCLA on Wednesday. Rose ended the week with a double-double of 23 points and ten rebounds to go along with four assists, four steals and three blocks in a 76-61 win against Salem State on Saturday.

Amy Assad (Nichols | Soph. | Millis, Mass.): Assad dropped in a career-high 22 points and snared 13 rebounds in a road win at Wentworth on Saturday. She was a perfect six-of-six from the line and registered two steals.

Britt Herring (Worcester State | Soph. | W. Brookfield, Mass.): Herring averaged 13.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in a 0-2 week for the Lancers. She picked up a game-high 14 points in the setback to Bridgewater State before notching 12 rebounds in a loss to Framingham State.

WACBA Honor Roll (Women’s Basketball) Week Six

By WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

Ogechi Ezemma
Ogechi Ezemma was tabbed this week’s WACBA Women’s Player of the Week. (PHOTO CREDIT: Clark University Athletics)

WORCESTER, Mass.  Another week of college basketball is in the books, which means it is time to dish out our Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WABCA) Women’s Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week.

Player of the Week: Ogechi Ezemma (Clark | Soph. | Hope Valley, R.I.): In a 1-1 week, Ezemma averaged 14 points and 12 rebounds, while adding two blocks and two steals per game as well. In a narrow loss to Springfield, Ezemma totaled seven points, seven rebounds and three steals before fouling out. However, in a 60-56 win over Wheaton, she racked up game-highs of 21 points and 17 rebounds while adding three more blocks – her fifth double-double of the year.

Rookie of the Week: Kyra Rose (Fitchburg St. | Fr. | Rockland, Mass.): Rose averaged 33.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.5 steals per game in a pair of contests for the Falcons last week. She netted a game-best 27 points (8-for-16), eight rebounds, five assists, three steals and one block in a 102-74 setback to Westfield State on Wednesday before tying a Fitchburg State single-game points record with 39 points to go along with four boards and two steals in a 71-58 setback to Colby-Sawyer on Saturday afternoon.

Honor Roll:

Kelly Carey (Assumption | Sr. | Long Beach, N.Y.): Carey paced the offense in a 1-1 week as the Hounds as they saw their eight-game win streak come to an end.  The senior posted 16 points and three assist as the Hounds took down AIC 66-56, and followed it up with 15 points three rebounds and two assists in a six-point road loss to Le Moyne.

Adrianna Dowdy (Becker | Soph. | East Haven, Conn.): Dowdy averaged 19 points and 10.5 rebounds this past week for the Hawks, to go along with 3.0 steals. In Becker’s 63-51 victory over Lesley University, Dowdy finished with a career-high 25 points shooting 11-of-19 from the floor with eight rebounds, four steals and two blocks as the first-place Hawks ran their conference record to 4-0 in the NECC.

Laura Manis (Holy Cross | Fr. | Franklin, Mass.): Manis combined for 27 points in a pair of games this past week, including 10 rebounds – seven caroms in a 54-62 setback to Colgate – while tallying a quartet of assists and three swipes. For the week, she converted 60 percent of his free throws (three-for-five), while sinking 12 of 22 shots from the field.

Brooke Packard (Nichols | Jr.| Dudley, Mass.): Packard averaged 15.7 ppg and made nine 3-pointers for Nichols last week. She scored 22 points at Gordon on Tuesday, including the game-tying three to force overtime. On Saturday, she netted 17 points and shot 50 percent from behind the arc at UNE. Packard also averaged 3.0 spg and 2.7 rpg.

Kaitlyn Berkel (Worcester St. | Soph. | Waterford, Conn.): The sophomore forward averaged 18.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, and 2.5 steals in a 2-0 week for the Lancers. Berkel racked up 17 points and 10 rebounds with three blocks in the 63-54 win over MCLA, and then scored a team-best 20 points and 10 rebounds in the second conference win of the week over Salem State. Berkel shot 55.2 percent from the field throughout the week.

Catherine Sweeney (Worcester St. | Fr. | Lowell, Mass.): The freshman guard posted nine points and five assists in the Lancers’ 63-54 win over MCLA, and then made two field goals and registered six boards and five assists in the 63-56 win over Salem State.

Maura Buckley (WPI | Jr. | Melrose, Mass.): Buckley averaged 10 points and five rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Engineers. She concluded the week by tying her career and season high of 12 points to go along with a career-best three steals versus Coast Guard. Buckley also filled the stat sheet with seven rebounds, three assists, and one block.

WACBA Honor Roll (Men’s Basketball) Week Six

 

Jaleel Bell
Fitchburg State’s Jaleel Bell wast tabbed this week’s WACBA Player of the Week honors. (PHOTO CREDIT: Fitchburg State Athletics)

By WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER, Mass. – Another week of college basketball is in the books, which means it is time to dish out our Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WABCA) Men’s Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week.

Player of the Week: Jaleel Bell (Fitchburg St. | Sr. | Dorchester, Mass.): Bell averaged 22.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.7 steals per game in three contests for the Falcons last week. He registered 29 points (11-for-17), ten rebounds and four assists in an 88-81 setback to Westfield State on Wednesday before adding a game-best 29 points (11-of-17), nine caroms, two assists and one block in a 71-66 overtime win over Southern Vermont on Saturday afternoon.

Rookie of the Week: Tyler Dion (Nichols | Fr. | Barre, Mass.): Dion knocked 46 percent of his shots from downtown, including 12-of-25 over a two-game stretch, as the Bison went 3-0 and moved into sole possession of first place in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC). Dion averaged 16.3 points per game and recorded a career-high in back-to-back games, scoring 17 points in a win over Curry on Thursday before pouring in a team-high 23 points (7-of-13 FG) in a road win at UNE on Saturday. Dion also averaged 3.3 assist per game. 

Honor Roll:

Marcus Murray (Assumption | Sr. | Washington, D.C.): Murray helped Assumption snap an eight-game losing streak while averaging 21.5 points and 4.5 assists on 50 percent shooting from the floor and beyond the arc. The senior posted 22 points with six assists and three steals, and made 6 of 7 free throws as the Hounds earned a 77-72 win over American International. On Saturday, he scored 20 points and made four threes while grabbing three boards and dishing off three assists in a loss to Le Moyne.

Samuel Durodola (Becker | Jr. | Rosedale, N.Y.): Durodola scored 21 points with 11 rebounds in Becker’s 84-81 loss at Keene State.

Marcos Echevarria (Nichols | Soph. | Lynn, Mass.): Echevarria averaged 19.7 points per game, 5.3 assists per game and 3.7 steals per gams as the Bison improved to 6-0 in the conference with three wins last week. He opened the week by scoring 25 points in a road win at Gordon with the final two shots coming on a buzzer-beating layup to win the game. Two nights later, he dropped in 23 points in 23 minutes against Curry, and then scored 11 in a road win at UNE. Echevarria continues to lead the conference in scoring at 24.9 points per game.

Paul Brooks (Worcester St. | Sr. | Arlington, Mass.): The senior center averaged a double-double of 15.5 points and 11.0 rebounds per game in a 1-1 week for the Lancers. Brooks tallied 10 points and grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds in a 73-48 win over MCLA, and then picked up a team-best 21 points and 12 rebounds against Salem State. Brooks shot 53.6 percent from the field throughout the week.

Cal Howes (Worcester St. | Fr. | Maynard, Mass.): Howes averaged 10.5 points per game in a 1-1 week for the Lancers. He tallied nine points, three rebounds, and two assists in a 73-48 win over MCLA. He then shot 50 percent from the field and scored 12 points and turned away two Viking shots in his team’s loss to Salem State.

Sean Doncaster (WPI | Sr. | Medford, Mass.): Doncaster scored 16 points in each of WPI’s games last week. In addition to totaling team-bests of 16 points in each contest, Doncaster also paced the Engineers with for rebounds Wednesday and six Saturday.